This is her second bike. It's a 16". When she stops she can reach the ground with her tiptoes. I can adjust the seat down a hair but not much. She was much too big for her toddler bike so I had to jump up to the 16" even though she maybe wasn't just ready for it. She is about to turn 6. My 4 year old son is as tall as her though... but don't get me wrong. My daughter is average height. My son is just VERY tall for his age.
The training wheels that came on the bike factory bent over time as I had them raised up to let her teeter. This turned out very badly because they bent so much that she would just ride around leaning to one side all the time instead of learning to keep the bike upright. When she would turn quickly, it would fall to the other side (very dangerous as sometimes this would cause a crash). For sake of safety I took them completely off. We tried to teach her to ride by spending about 2 hours with her at the school behind our house on flat pavement but to no avail. She refused to get back on her bike for about a month.
Two days ago we all went out riding and was trying to get her to ride again. She tried for about 45 minutes and just gave up. She seems to be balancing the bike okay (although she doesn't know it) until she realizes daddy isn't holding the bike anymore. She won't pedal either. This caused a lot of emotional anguish on her I'm sure as she was crying saying "I don't want a bike anymore. I hate it". Being the softy dad I am I went and bought new training wheels that were stronger than the stock ones. I installed them and we went riding for about an hour yesterday. She didn't want to stop!
I know some will say I did wrong by going backwards and putting training wheels on her bike again but the old ones were worse because they were bent so badly. I want to get her happy about riding again and try again. How long should I wait before I try again? Any suggestions on me getting her to understand that when you stop pedaling you'll eventually stop and fall over?
She bailed quite a few times and let the bike crash down. I told her that was good but that she didn't have to bail everytime as she could save some of them by just putting her feet down.