Having to learn steering, balancing, and pedalling all at once is a daunting task for kids. That “walking and chewing gum at the same time” thing can overwhelm kids. It can also instill enough fear that they’ll simply refuse to climb on.
Training wheels give kids the free pass not to learn balance, steering and pedalling, and they get accustomed to riding a bike on a tilt. When an activity that could lead to a scrape or cut, kids will look to avoid the pain and stay with the training wheels. They are “trained” to rely upon something else for their safety, instead of learning the skill themselves.
This is where balance bikes come in. Low to the ground, light enough for kids to control, and needing only foot-on-the-ground power to propel themselves, balance bikes make the learning easier.
Your child can learn one bike-riding skill at a time, maintaining control themselves and minimizing the risks of a skinned knee.
Kids can learn steering without having to know balance or pedalling. Their feet provide the power and the control over speed, and they can focus on the steering skill first. Turning corners and going around some obstacle on the path can be the entire focus of their attention.
Once kids have confidence in the steering skill, they can then begin to lift their feet off the ground and become accustomed to balancing the bike. The glide becomes the experience, and balance follows. They will have learned balance when they began walking, and they’ll learn balance on the bike just as well.
With steering and balance now a part of their skill set, pedals can be added to the experience, the final skill needed to master bike-riding.
When a child is ready to “graduate” to pedals, though, you won’t have to purchase a new bike. Kidvelo Balance Bikes with Pedals saves that expense with a unique design allowing a simple conversion to a pedal bike when the child is ready.
This next-gen design has both the parent’s expenses and the child’s advancement in mind. Learning at their own speed with the pressure of having to master three skills all at once removed helps kids master bike-riding quickly with the same frame, tires, seat and steering handles. Pedals are added both to the bike and to the child’s skill set when ready.
The best way for kids to learn how to ride a bike is the same way they learn to read, write, add, subtract, and grow. Lay the proper foundation for each of those skills, building upon the previous lessons as you advance, and before you know it, they’re in high school thinking about college.
This can begin as early as age 2, once the child is walking without the aid of furniture or your hand to hold onto as they take their steps. The balance bike will help them step while sitting, and the rest just falls into place, ultimately leading to pedal power.
The 2-in-1 Kidlevo Balance Bike – once learned, always known.