So Your Kid Wants to Learn to Ride a Bike?

I decided to create this article on how to teach your kid to ride a bike because I thought looking up How to Ride a Bike would be pretty straight forward. Nope. Little did I know there there are many different ways a child can learn to ride a bike. What way did we choose to teach our kid to ride the bicycle? The good old fashioned way, put him on and give him a shove. Well not exactly that way. Let me explain.

Ok, so teaching our kid to ride a bike involved a little more than just giving him a shove. I did run up and down the street trying to hold him up for a while. But I’ll tell you, it really didn’t take long for our four year old to learn to ride a bike. I was actually amazed at just how fast he caught on. We really only spent about an hour teaching him to ride his bike before he was riding on his own.

Our child has very good balance and coordination and that played a huge part in how easy it was for him to learn to ride a bike. A good way to judge your child’s balance is to determine if they can hop on one foot, skip…stuff like that. I knew that my child had excellent balance when I came into the living room to find my then 2 year old child standing on the handlebars of his inside play bike. That was kind of a tip off.

The Easiest Way to Learn to Ride a Bike

Then to prove that this way works, 2 hours later he now knows how to ride his bicycle. Not bad for a 4 year old


The old fashion way to teach your kid to ride a bike. Take the training wheels off and grab his neck.

Other children will take a little more work. There are some programs that you can put your child in if you feel that he or she isn’t getting the hang of riding their bike even though you have been spending a lot of time teaching them. One of these programs is a day camp called Lose The Training Wheels. I think the name explains what the purpose of this day camp is. If your child is finding it tough to learn to ride a bike, having instructors with a little more experience at teaching bike riding could be a pretty good idea. Lose The Training Wheels or any program like that is better for children who may have some physical or mental disabilities and would need a more experienced teacher.

There is a new bike available called the Gyrobike. This Gyrobike is specifically designed to teach someone to ride a bike. This bike uses the natural force of gyroscopic precession to recenter the rider’s weight underneath the bike as he or she falls. In short, a child can learn to ride a bike without training wheels and without their parent having to run up and down the street with them.

My opinion? All of us parents could use the exercise of running up and down the street with our child. Also I think that falling down on their bike is a huge part of a child learning to ride a bike. They need to fall, get up, brush themselves off and get back on.

16 thoughts on “So Your Kid Wants to Learn to Ride a Bike?

  1. Take the training wheels and pedals off. Tell them to push along with their feet and try to “glide” by hanging their feet up in the air. When they’re able to do that with ease, put the pedals back on and tell them to rest their feet on the pedals while gliding. They will figure out the rest and you get to look like Mr. Miyagi.

    No charge – dB

  2. I am not a mom, i am a big sister. I just have to say i’m 10 and the only one who is mad that my little sister is still a 4 weeler! She is 7. We have done every trick in the book and nothing has worked. Send my mom some advise

    Rachael Farber

    • I know how you feel I’m twelve years old and I’m really mad as well because my sister is like the same thing but she’s nine i did everything and i got made id really like a message of some advise

  3. my 3 and a half year old has now been riding a bike for two weeks. it was so simple ,he never had any stabilizers on in the first place . simple way is to make sure that they have a walking bike (bike no pedals) at a young age . in a few months they are all ready lifting their feet and rolling everywhere then it is a simple transition to a proper bike ,but make sure it is the same size as there walking one

  4. I bought my 2 and a half and 3 year old sons bikes. The problem is that thay had rideing bikes but never a trike this is the second bike for my 3 year old and he still cant ride. Thay have trouble trying to pedal and you cant find a good big wheel now a days! Should i rethink this thing and get them triks will that help with the pedaling issue? please help?

  5. I have taught all of my children how to ride a bike using the “self correction” technique. It is very easy and only takes about an hour to teach your kids. I found a web site that explains the technique really well
    All of my kids love riding a bike and I didn’t have to run along side them for hours and even better no skinned up knees!

  6. My son and daughter learned to ride without training wheels at 3 years old. It took less than an hour. Most kids have the ability–it’s the parents who are too afraid that their little babies will fall and get hurt. The biggest problem I see are kids on bikes (with training wheels) that are too big for them. Get the right sized bike and they will be riding on two wheels in no time.

  7. Thanks for this article–came across it while searching for “getting kids to ride bikes”. It’s been a challenge for my boys to say the least… Another article I found useful was which gives tips on road safety and such. The website Mike mentioned was also useful. Thanks!

  8. OK…so when my son who is 6 1/2 yrs old saw his friends riding the bike, he got very upset and wanted to try to ride the bike without the training wheels. As soon as he mentioned that, I grabbed the plyers and took the training wheels out. Sidewalk was too narrow so he wanted to go to school playground and try it there. I listened to him, put the car in the trunk, packed water and helmet and off we went. It was evening time so no kids in school, the baskball area was empty and we decided to try it there. I grabbed his seat from the back and ran with him and let him paddle by himself for very short distances. He was getting a hold of it. We tried it for approx two hours…it was more tiring for me running with him but he was happy so was I. The next day, we went back to the same place. As soon as I put my hand on his seat, he asked me not to touch his bike, he wants to try by himself. After trying for like 5-7 minutes(I was getting frustrated)…. off he went…ALL BY HIMSELF!!! I was so happy and surprised, I just started laughing with joy…watching my son riding the bike by himself…. we are practicing everyday now. I want him to be perfect before he gets a new bike and really looking forward to riding with him. btw, two things that really helped: Lower seat so that he can put his shoes on the ground and open area when learning.

  9. Great post, but back when I learned to bike my dad just told me to get up on the saddle, kick with the leg and then flow with it at first, not try to paddle anything. So at first I just kind of soared along, and ofcourse I ended up in the ditch. But after a couple of times I learned to stop aswell and when that happened I was allowed to paddle. That way I learned the balance aspect first, and afterwards the speed aspect, I think that was a great way to learn how to bike.

  10. Great job! It’s amazing how much you have to take into account a kiddo’s personality. My oldest (who is on the autism spectrum) hated learning. I think it’s because he didn’t like having both feet off the ground…..well, I know that’s the reason because he told me so haha.

    My second is my “cautious” kid who was just too careful to really take the risk and it look a TON of running up and down the street with him to finally take off. Wait, I think he finally taught himself in the backyard without the “stress” of my husband or I telling him what to do haha.

    My youngest just decided to learn one day and he Took.Off. He’s our go getter and he loves to “show off” to his brothers haha.

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