4 1/2. He just decided one day he didn't want them anymore. We had to walk behind him and hold the seat for support for a while but he picked it up really well.
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03-05-2014 20:02 #11
03-05-2014 20:03 #12
Both girls were off at 5.
03-05-2014 20:05 #13
My DS was 3 & a couple of months. He's a little daredevil tho lol
03-05-2014 20:07 #14
My DS1 was 5.5 but only because we didnt try sooner and he got a new no training wheel bike for xmas.
DS2 is 2 months off turning 4 and he still cant ride a proper bike with training wheels. He cant pedal.
There is a 2yr old at my sons BMX club who rides without training wheels on the track and out of the gates. I sit there and stare in amazement every time he races.
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03-05-2014 20:20 #15
DS 4 & it took him one day. I think it's because of his balance bike taught him.
03-05-2014 20:24 #16
My DS is 3.5 and we have taken his training wheels off. It only takes a day for them to get it. Worse case you put them back on and try again in a month.
03-05-2014 20:44 #17
Dd1 was 2.5 (with training wheels). She still uses training wheels as she doesnt ride a bike very often (she hasn't had ine since she was about 4 and is now almost 7).
Dd2 cant ride one. She has one with training wheels and a handle for the parent to push. She just cant get the hang of peddling. Again though she rarely gets the chance to ride it though.
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03-05-2014 21:20 #18-
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Training wheels are a misnomer IMHO.
Better to use a balance bike, or just remove pedals and lower seat on a regular bike. By the time they are 5, I would not bother with training wheels at all, but for the littler ones, they let them practice pedaling and improve strength.
03-05-2014 21:35 #19
He's been on a balance bike for a year and has been using the pedal one with training wheels for about 4 months - we tried with them off for his first time but he had no clue how to pedal yet ( and he had just turned 3 and the bike was a lot heavier and bigger than his balance bike) so we put the training wheels on, this is why DH thinks we should take them off as he is used to them now
03-05-2014 21:47 #20Senior Member
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My first child we took the training wheels off at 4.5 years. She was ready in terms of balance, but it took her another year to gain true confidence.
Second child we used a balance bike, she got it for her third birthday and didn't pay much interest in it, but we left it in the house and encouraged her to sit on it and walk with it for 1 minute or so and she started to get the hang of it, and then started using it more and more. At 4 years and 1 month she mastered riding a push bike (never had training wheels).
My third got the balance bike as well. At 3.5 years exactly, he was watching other kids ride pushbikes and said 'I can do that.' My husband put him on a pushbike, gave him a push start and off he went. The next day he was taking off and stopping all on his own. He is a tiny little thing and people always stopped and asked us how old he was at first, totally blown away that he could ride a bike with no training wheels (he only looked like a 2 year old). He is 4 now, and he rides on roads (quiet ones, with us, he has great road sense), can stand up while riding and can do 'skiddies' on his bike, which goes everywhere with us because he can ride for about 10km at a time (we do have light framed bikes...he couldn't do that on your typical K-Mart/Big W bikes, they weigh twice as much as his).
With training wheels I was about 5 when they came off, my husband was 8, and a girl I know just learnt now, and she's 10. If you have a friend with a balance bike get your son on that for a week and then take the training wheels off. They have awesome balance and it makes learning so much easier.
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