Tips on how to learn a bike
- Balance bike - as early as possible and encourage them to lift legs when they are confident to do so.
- Practice pedalling - we found the Vtech Ride and Learn Giraffe Bike was the best but a trike would work too.
- Buy the lightest bike you can - The Islabike was the one for us but we very nearly ordered a Frog 43 bikes (we only never because I had hoped the shop might have one in stock to take home that day but they didn't so we were as well to just order the Islabike). I looked at the weights of bikes in Halfords and they were often double to weight of the Islabike.
- Get a Biky Biky Vest - The vest allows you to support your child whilst at the same time allowing them to feels the bike's balance too. It saves the adults back and is so handy. Even with M being able to cycle now we still use it as she is not the best at going uphills and so you can push her up instead of letting her get off and walk.
- Take it in stages - sometimes having a break allows the child to process the activity and means they don't get bored.
- Lots of praise - this goes without saying really. It works. Cheer, dance sing.
- Take a step back - hovering over your child can be so tempting (yep did it) but taking a step back and letting them go away from you is the best thing for both you can your child.
- Enjoy it!