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.
Teach 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.