Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
Add another vote for skipping the training wheels.
I had them on my first bike. Someone had recommended that they should be set a little high so that they didn't always roll on the ground, with the idea that I'd eventually learn how to balance and they would just be outriggers to keep me from falling over.
I learned how to pedal the bike and make it go forward while leaning onto the right side training wheel. I wouldn't call that "riding", though. I didn't actually learn how to ride
until my dad took the training wheels off and ran along behind me, holding the back of the banana seat. I think he's the most patient dad in the world.
My brother-in-law taught my niece how to ride by taking the pedals off her bike and letting her roll around that way. She grew into her first three-speed last summer.
, learn from my mistake.
You don't need to spend money on training wheels, just a pedal wrench.