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Teaching your child to ride a bike

Learning to ride a bicycle is one of life’s milestones, a moment of great satisfaction for children and parents alike.

Most children develop sufficient coordination to balance and pedal a bike between 3½ and 4½ years of age. This development happens quite suddenly and children learn quickly having reached this point. If your child is not yet at this stage, don’t worry, just allow them to progress in their own time.

We don’t recommend stabilisers. A bike steers by leaning and stabilisers prevent this, so once they are removed children still need to learn how to balance, therefore delaying the learning process. If your child learns to ride a balance bike, they will find it easier to learn to ride a bike with pedals.

Learning to ride with Isla

In conjunction with Bike Radar we’ve put together a short film demonstrating the best techniques for teaching your child to ride.


Use our guides for further support in teaching your child to ride a bike:

What is a balance bike?

Balance bikes are the perfect introduction to cycling for young children.

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Guide to using a balance bike

A balance bike is an ideal second birthday present and gives your child the perfect introduction to cycling, building confidence and developing skills in a fun way.

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The trouble with stabilisers

Here at Islabikes we advice parents and carers not to use stabilisers for one important reason.

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Teach your child to ride a bike

Learning to ride is a massive moment for any child (and their parent) - learning to ride on your own, without stabilisers or support.

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The importance of a correctly sized starter bike

Whilst size is often seen as a moving target choosing the correct sized bike will be the biggest factor in their enjoyment and safety on their bicycle.

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Help your child build confidence on their bike

Cycling is brilliant for boosting your child’s general confidence and independence. We have created 6 tips for helping your child build confidence and have fun on their bike.

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Use a bigger Islabike as a balance bike

It is never too late to learn to ride and if your child is too big for the Rothan you could use a bigger Islabike as a balance bike.

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Accident guide

Do you find it fantastic to see your child zooming around on their bicycle? Or terrifying? Accidents do happen and it is important to know what to do when they do.

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Teach your child to change gears

If your child is riding confidently and has mastered balancing, braking and steering, it may be time to introduce gears. Here are 5 tips for supporting children to change gear.

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