The trouble with stabilisers

Here at Islabikes we advise parents not to use stabilisers. Children can typically learn to ride a bike at some point between three and a half and four and a half, providing they are given good instruction. If they have ridden a balance bike prior to this point, they are very likely to make a quick and smooth transition to riding their first pedal bike.

So why are stabilisers not good? Answer: A bicycle steers by leaning and stabilisers prevent this, so the child learns to steer in a way that doesn’t work once the stabilisers are removed – a confusing situation that often leads to them overbalancing and becoming quite frightened, which unfortunately reinforces the fear associated with removing the stabilisers.

We recommend viewing our guide on teaching your child to ride which contains practical advice to assist parents to help their child learn to ride. We can also offer detailed advice over the phone by calling +44 (0)800 008 6297.

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