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    Default Course to teach a child to ride a bike

    My nearly seven year old can't ride her bike. She is awesome on a three wheel scooter but really anxious bad scared of her bike. We've tried all the different methods of teaching her and now it is too hard. I get so frustrated with her lack of trying. Anyone know if there are courses or schools that can help (Melbourne) with this?

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    I've never heard of anything. Have you tried a balance bike? Being able to have her feet on the ground might take away some of her fear.
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    Does she want to ride? is it only fear that is stopping her? Or just disinterest?

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    Subbing... My 7 year old cant ride hers either and I'm out of ideas to get her into it

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    Uninterested, a bit afraid, doesn't want to not be able to ride etc. Tried a balance bike, tried stabilizers, tried without, tried everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahly View Post
    Uninterested, a bit afraid, doesn't want to not be able to ride etc. Tried a balance bike, tried stabilizers, tried without, tried everything.
    Might be best to stick to a scooter until she actually wants to do it. Is there any reason she has to learn to ride a bike?

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    I have never owned a bike. On occasion I would try riding my friends bikes, but that wasn't until late primary. By then I understood what to do so no real teaching was needed.

    If she doesn't have any interest to do it, why push her?

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    How is her balance in general? Maybe get her to practice balancing on a wall or painted line etc. Could there be an inner ear problem that effects her balance? I would take the pedals off her bike and let her use it as a balance bike. Make sure it's on the flat to start with. Dh says there are bike teachers who teach adults, if you Google it in site someone would be happy to teach a kid.

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    If she's really not interested I wouldn't push it. Riding is not a life saving skill, I'm sure she'll eventually learn when she's ready.

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    I don't want her to be the only kid in her class at school when they do bike awareness in a few months time that is on trainer wheels and still a poor rider. That would make her very anxious and embarrassed and would cause her undue stress. So without putting too much pressure on her I know for herself she needs to learn to ride soon. Also I do think it is a skill that, despite not being life-saving, is requisite, like learning to read, write, swim and use your manners!


 

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