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Old 06-01-09, 01:42 PM   #1
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She did it.. The training wheels are relics now.

Last weekend my daughter 3 (4 this friday), decided she wanted to ditch the training wheels. She didn't want to lose the pedals until she admitted they were getting in the way. So she spent last weekend scooting around with no pedals.

Pedals I put the pedals back on Sunday (threw a major fit on Saturday, and I had to pull the no bike card.) that stunk . After 1 false start, she took off and that was that.
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Old 06-11-09, 10:01 PM   #2
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Congratulations! My daughter is soooo afraid to even try! Have fun!
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congrats! I can't wait until my daughter (just turned 3) starts riding. She uses a skuut bike fine but can't stand the transfer over to pedals with training wheels. She wants to use pedals but doesn't like the wobbly ride with training wheels. She doesn't know how to use pedals yet. We have a *** tricycle that she can barely reach the pedals on. I have to figure out a way to get her pedaling.
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Congats, my daughter was already 9 when she first used a bike with two wheels.
We took off the wheels after a week she got it right after an hour. LOL
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Congratulations! My daughter is soooo afraid to even try! Have fun!
I gradually bent the training wheels away from the ground as my son got more stable. other challengers that worked were;
1) the training wheels squeaked a lot,so we counted how long he could be off them ,then he wanted to beat the last record. An opportunist feed back method!
2) got him to swop from one training wheel to the other during flat riding. Then progressed to him actively leaning the bike on to the correct side whilst going around a corner.

This makes it sound easy, which it was for my son. But my daughter was scared and frequently let go off the handlebars to grab me for safety! She finally learnt in plenty of open space in a park on soft grass. Happy days.
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I remember the time well. My daughter was able to ride & balance pretty well, but always wanted to pedal & go as fast as she could. This was years ago, before anyone wore helmets, too. She lost control, went into the neighbors yard & hit a small tree. She landed on her forehead & there was a green, grass stain there that I could not get off , even with " Comet " cleanser !
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congrats! I can't wait until my daughter (just turned 3) starts riding. She uses a skuut bike fine but can't stand the transfer over to pedals with training wheels. She wants to use pedals but doesn't like the wobbly ride with training wheels. She doesn't know how to use pedals yet. We have a *** tricycle that she can barely reach the pedals on. I have to figure out a way to get her pedaling.
Remove the training wheels! They are the instrument of the devil! They should be banned as an unnatural impediment to learning to ride.

We've taught 3-year olds to ride either by going down the pedal removal route, or using one of our walker bikes and then switching, usually easily, to pedal bikes. Sometimes just turned 3 is a bit early from the viewpoint of the neuromuscular co-ordination needed to co-ordinate the pedalling action.

However, if she wants to make the switch, try explaining that you're taking the pedals off to make it like her skuut bike to start off with. Then, when she's got used to the fact that the steering range is greater (does the skuut bike have steering limits built-in?), tell her she is ready for the big girl challenge. If she's ready, she'll take to it like the proverbial duck to the wet stuff.

Good luck.
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Remove the training wheels! They are the instrument of the devil! They should be banned as an unnatural impediment to learning to ride.
They are tools that can be misused. I found that supporting my daughter from behind by the waist better than training wheels. This way she could not see me to lean on me or get distracted,and she became used to balancing the bike and steering it with the confidence of a little support.

I suggest parents do not hold the handle bars or any part of the bike to offer this, if going for the no training wheel option.
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