A friend's daughter is 9 and has never learned how to ride a bike. They moved here from Dallas a couple of years ago, where apparently it wasn't all that common for kids to ride at all. So I offered to help her get up on two wheels. She's fine on a scooter, so I thought we'd have her riding along in no time at all.
She came over yesterday with her Schwinn Deelite (Target cruiser) and I removed her pedals and taught her to scoot on the bike just like I did with my kids. It was very slow going and she never did quite get the hang of balance on her bike. So after an hour I put her on my son's Raleigh Rowdy and she did much better. If we had started her out on that, we might have had more success.
I have two theories why, and maybe you all can help me figure out which one is better.
A. The Raleigh is lighter and/or has a lower center of gravity.
B. The Schwinn has super knobby tires on it.
I'm almost leaning toward the bumpy tires being the problem, but maybe I'm way off? Like I said, it's moot because it's not my kid, not my bike. But I just wonder if we had her on a bike with smooth tires, would we have had better success? Or is it just because the other bike is a tank?