When I learned to ride, I was a natural -- not gifted, but a natural. I was sitting on my brother's bike, holding on to the fence and pretending to ride when my step-dad grabbed the bike and pushed me down the street. It was easy.
Unfortunately, my daughter seems to have gotten her mother's genes in this regard...
Now, my daughter (almost six) has been riding a 'ride behind' for well over a year now. When we bought it, my rationale was (aside from being an easy way to travel) that she could learn to pedal and lean into corners. But now I wonder if it wasn't so good in the long-run, as she has absolutely no concept of how to 'steer into the lean'. She's not the most coordinated in other things, so cause-effect is not easy to establish.
So now I'm reduced to running along side her, holding onto the bike as loosely as I can to let her get the 'feel' for it but tight enough to keep her from crashing every 10 feet. I could get training wheels, which would allow pedalling + turning, but I'm hesistant to 'enable' more bad habits.
Questions for the bowry:
-- Training wheels? Yea or nay? Seriously, she can't go ten feet without crashing.
-- If I continue to break my back assisting her, how long might I expect this phase to last? OK, you have no idea how long it will take for us, but how long did it take for you and your child?
-- Ride behind: good idea or not (with regards to learning to ride)?
I have another child who's two and a half, but much more coordinated than her older sister, so maybe she'll turn out like the three year old across the street who rides a 12" bike around the neighborhood unassisted!
PS. If you care to endulge my shameless self-promotion, there are some funny-ish pictures of the bike and test-ride here: http://www.mip.sdu.dk/~glewin/sydsnyecykel.html
PPS. Sorry, there aren't any garages in the neighborhood, more or less ones with white doors.
PPPS. Yes, I made her read Helmet Head's thread on "What Makes a Bike Turn", but it didn't help.