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Old 05-28-2008, 11:49 PM
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Lightbulb Teaching Kids to Ride...

Ah, spring is in the air... (or make that Achoo...)

It's that time of year when I see kids taking their bikes out for a spin. I also see so many of them with training wheels. And training wheels aren't the best way to learn...

So, I found this on Sheldon Brown's website...Teaching Kids to Ride

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Default Bicycling Magazine had an article...

...no longer available. It suggested that you get someone familiar with balancing and braking by having them coast down a grass covered hill. Once they get the hang of this then you have them pedal down the hill.

A recent article that covers some of this is here.
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"...no longer available." Not sure what this means. I see the page just fine.

Thanks for sharing these articles.
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yes, I was wondering what the no longer available meant also...
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Lightbulb one article was available, one wasn't...

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yes, I was wondering what the no longer available meant also...
I didn't find the article on the bicycling magazine website that I was looking for WHEN I started this thread... I've got an article in a back issue that had kids learning how to balance by riding down a gentle grassy slope (lots of cool graphics).

So, I opted not to link to bicycling.com's article because I found Sheldon's article.

Upon re-researching bicycling.com I found the article (How To Raise A Cyclist) that I was looking for, but it doesn't have the cool images that I was looking for. It was the missing images that made me think it wasn't the same article.

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The grass covered hill worked for my kid. She wanted to take the training wheels off when she was three (the training wheels worked fine, by the way). I waited until she was three-and-a-half and took 'em off, pushed her down the hill. In thirty minutes she was cruising around the park. Amazing, really. No telling if little brother will take to it like that.

I think teaching your kid how to ride a bike (or letting them figure it out on their own) is the easy part. When they're so young, I find it much more difficult to instill a sense of caution, which is somewhat important if you want them to look before crossing a street, stay on the right hand side and keep a straight line while in the street, watch out for other folks at the park, etc. Now I ride like a sheep dog. I'm constantly herding. This is the part that I wish more parents would spend time on.

Also, for all the parents wanting to buy one of those fancy-over-priced-German-made-pedal-and-crank-free-wooden-balancing- push bikes - I suggest you go to the thrift store and buy a five dollar Bananas in Pajamas bike (Radio Flyer, Magna, whatever) and take off the pedals. Way cheaper and you aren't paying for all of that novelty and shipping.
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Smile So this is Christmas

And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new bike for the young one...

Thought I'd revive this thread in time for the Christmas/Hanaukkah/Kwanzaa gift giving season.

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

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