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    Hi All,

    Can anyone give me some suggestions for names of balance bikes for older kids. Specifically the ones that have the removable pedal, so when DS6 knows how to ride a bike we can attach the pedals so he can continue to ride the bike. The one I'm thinking about looks like a mountain bike but sits lower in between the two tyres.

    Any suggestions about teaching an older kid to ride would also be welcome. DS is 6 now and still doesn't know (my fault ).

    Thanks in advance!

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    I don't know but hopefully there are ones for older kids. My 10 year old still can't ride though she has apraxia so that's different. I think a balance bike might be good. I'll keep watching this thread for suggestions. Sorry I can't be much help.

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    I think this might be the bike, if you follow the link on the thread. I'm at work now so I'll read it tonight but hopefully some of the other hubbers also have suggestions

    http://www.bikewise.com.au/2012/05/t...o-ride-a-bike/

    Apparently it's best to use the balance bike and once they can glide a considerable length you attach the pedals and away they go. That's what they tell me anyway

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    I recently taught 7yo DD to ride without training wheels using a 'balance bike' method. I've tried to find the video I watched for tips but can't so I'll detail what I did.

    She'd outgrown her old bike and got a new one with no training wheels for Christmas. It's a 'bmx style' bike, so has a low centre of gravity and more upright handle bars. DH believed she just needed to try and fall and she'd get the hang of it - epic fail! She was pertrified of the new bike after that!

    I took the pedals off (they just unscrew) and took her out on smooth ground with slight undulations. I then encouraged her to scoot along with both feet, lifting them, then putting them down as soon as she started to wobble. As she got comfortable with this, I started counting each time she had her feet up and we would try to break her 'balance record'. I tried putting the wheels back on a few times and held her balanced while she pedalled, but she wasn't quite ready, so took them off again and just went back to balance gliding. After about 8 weeks, practicing 1-3 times a week, she finally 'got it' with the pedals on and now there's no stopping her.

    My DD is very cautious by nature and hesitant with any risk taking, so this method worked really well for her. It required lots of patience but was worth it as she just loves riding now!

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    Thanks Stretched. That is the method I'll be using as well. My boy is also cautious (thankfully!!) hence I won't be pushing him down any hills either

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    Balance bike method is definitely the way to go. My DS has one but he is only 3.5. If I were you for an older child, I would just go with a regular bike and take off/ not put on the pedals like @Stretched did. You just need to make sure the seat can go low enough that his feet can fully touch the ground, not just his toes. I know there are a couple of balance bikes that you can add pedals to but they only go up to about age 7 so he would outgrow it quite quickly (unless he small for his age). There is a Strider Sport BB for kids age 6-12 but you can't add pedals to it.

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    My DD had an old bike with pedals and was getting a new one from santa last year so my DH grinded the pedals off completely to make it a balance bike! It worked wonderfully. Unfortunately she broke her arm the week before school holidays so it was end of January before she could ride her new bike. But after a 6 week break from riding she took about 5 min to learn to ride with the pedals

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    Yep I think I'm going to go with a BYK 450 and take the pedals off. They look big and sturdy but also cool enough for DS. Thanks everyone!

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    Yep my DS had balance bikes from 18 months then at 3 DH just bought him a proper bike and took the pedals off, he's never had training wheels and was riding properly at 3.5 and it was definitely because he always had a balance bike - we literally put the pedals back on and he took off in about 3 try's


 

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