How To Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike Without Stabilizers


Steps To Your Child Riding Their Bike Without Stabilisers

  • Step 1: Remove The Pedals

The quickest and safest way for your child to learn how to cycle their bike without stabilizers is for them to “scoot along” on their bike with both of their feet on the ground. Their feet act as pedals that move the tyres forward and also provide them with a better balance and understanding of how to balance on their bike when without stabilizers

Using their feet to scoot along is the perfect solution for them to get more comfortable and confident with how to balance on their bike without using stabilizers. Additionally as they will be scooting along with their feet on the ground, you will have to lower the seat for them to get a better foothold on the ground. When using stabilizers their seat would naturally be higher as the pedals are suspended higher from the ground level  

  • Step 2: Taking Their First Giant Steps

Once your child has gained enough experience and confidence in taking smaller steps scooting along with their bike, then you’ll want to then encourage them to take larger and more spaced out steps

This will make them essentially learn the most important skill of this practice, which is balancing their body with the bike with their feet off the ground. The whole point of the “scoot along” exercise is to get your child comfortable with balancing themselves on the bike and without falling on the ground 

  • Step 3: Taking Even Larger Steps & Hops

Similar to the step prior, once your child has gained enough experience and confidence in taking larger steps scooting along with their bike, then you’ll want to then encourage them to take  even larger steps or also called “hops”. Hops can be considered to be in length of 5 to 10 metres without their feet touching the ground

  • Step 4: Putting The Pedal Back On 

It is very important for this step that your child is 100% comfortable with scooting along and balancing themselves on their bike. You’ll want to make sure that your child can comfortably hop along (which means that they can have both feet of the ground and balance on their bike) for up to 10 metres

This will be your judgment call, as your child may think they are ready for using pedals but from your observations you may think they need more practice. As long as you make sure your child can confortable balance themselves on the bike when in a moving motion for up to 10 metres (after a large hop) then your child will be ready for using pedals

A good little tip is to add only one pedal at first, let your child get comfortable pedalling with just one pedal (ideally on their strongest foot) then you can the second pedal. Gradually introducing them to pedalling without stabilizers is the best way for your child to get a feel for it and how to balance themselves like they did when they were scooting along

  • Step 5: Cycling With Both Pedals  

This is a big step for your child, you’ll want to give them all of the support and encouragement that they will need. You’ll want to hold your child, not the bike as they are making your first steps getting comfortable with cycling their bike with using just the pedals

Your support should match how much they need it, gradually your child will get more comfortable as they pedal around with their bike and as they get more independant you can gradually loosen your support. Try reducing contact with them by gripping just their back, then just their clothes and gradually let them find their own feet as they practice and get more comfortable 

Below are some of the most common and frequently asked questions related to this topic, I think you will find them very usual as your encourage your child to learn how to ride their bike without their stabilizers

How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready To Remove Their Stabilizers?

All children are different so there is no absolute answer to this, but generally when your child takes an active interest in wanting to remove their stabilizers, this is often the time to do so. Often when your child sees her friends or family relatives cycling their bike without using stabilizers this is generally a great incentive for them to get that itch for removing their stabilizers

Some children may be perfectly content with using their stabilizers and pushing them too soon into removing them may put them off cycling all together. Another factor that may influence your child’s want to remove their stabilizers is the fear of falling of their bike, and putting too much dependence on the stabilizers  

However all children develop at their own pace, it really comes down to the parent/guardian and the child’s interest in this, you are the far greater judge of when you child is ready to start learning to ride their bike without the stabilizers (assuming that the parent is reading this article) 

How Old Should My Child Be Before Removing Their Bike Stabilizers? 

This can depend on your own (it’s not one size fits all approach) child and your judgment as their parent or guardian on whether your child is at the right age to remove their bicycle stabilizers, however generally it’s from 2-8 years old

Should I Remove The Pedals From Their Bicycle In The Beginning Stages Of Cycling Without Their Bike Stabilizers?

The fundamental thing that you have to do before your child can start learning how to cycle their bike without stabilizers is removing their bike pedals. This is mentioned in the beginning of the article and is a absolute must

Removing the bicycle pedals allows your child to learn how to “scoot along” on their bike with both of their feet on the ground. Their feet act as pedals that move the tyres forward and also provide them with a better balance and understanding of how to balance on their bike when without stabilizers

Using their feet to scoot along is the perfect solution for them to get more comfortable and confident with how to balance on their bike without using stabilizers. Additionally as they will be scooting along with their feet on the ground, you will have to lower the seat for them to get a better foothold on the ground. When using stabilizers their seat would naturally be higher as the pedals are suspended higher from the ground level 

What Safety Equipment Will My Child Need To Ride Their Bike Without Their Bike Stabilizers?

Your child is likely to lose their balance in the beginning stages of pedalling and even when scooting along with their feet, so to give them some protective clothing from the very beginning is always recommended

Having some protection will protect the critical parts of your child’s body that could hinder or even stop them from progressing as they continue to practice on a regular basis. It is essential that your child wears protective clothing to protect the following areas: Head, elbows, knees, and their hands

Any injuries obtained in these areas from losing their balance and falling off their bike can hinder or even stop them from progressing as they continue to practice on a regular basis, here are some of the essential protective clothing that your child could wear:

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  • Elbow & Knee Pads

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Whether your kiddo is racing BMX, kick scooter or just learning to skateboard or Inline roller, you are going to want to find good-fitting child-specific protective pads. Best knee pads & elbow pads and wrist pads for kids 3 to 10 years old

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  • Cycling Gloves

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What Type Of Area Is Suitable For My Child To Ride Without Their Stabilizers?

When your child is first learning to ride on their bicycle without the stabilizers it is very important that you choose the terrain they are cycling on very carefully, you want to make it as flat and easy as possible especially in the very beginning, Here are some things you’ll want to consider:

Flat Terrain: Try to choose a flat and even terrain for your child to cycle on, this will allow for a far easilier cycling experience for them as the difficulty on balancing on their bike will be enough for your child to handle. Any terrain that has slopes will naturally cause extra resistance and be difficult for your child to cycle on vs a flat terrain

Additionally, consider the texture of the terrain your child is cycling on, it is best to have a smooth surface to the flat terrain, any rough, or pot holed terrain will naturally cause more resistance and could result in a nastier injury if your child was to fall of their bicycle 

Flat Grass Patches: In the beginning stages of your child learning how to balance on their bike, it may be very beneficial to start on a flat grass area. The softer surface acts a cushion like effect if your child was to lose their balance and fall of their bike

The glass would ideally be a short grass allowing your child to cycling on it with less resistance, thicker and longer grass naturally causes more resistance for your child when cycling and steering their bike  

Traffic Free Areas: You’ll want to choose a location that is well away from road traffic, but also people traffic. Using a public path is not always the ideal place as colliding with people may happen, especially when there are cyclists, joggers, dogs and balls 

You’ll want to choose a place that is a little bit isolated and out of the way of any traffic, but still in a safe and publicly luminated area. Your own judgement will do for this, any place that safe but also very quit to minimise any distraction or obstacles for your child when learning how to balance on their bike

How Do I Hold & Support My Child Cycling Without Their Bicycle Stabilizers? 

When your child is first learning to balance and cycle on their bike without their stabilizers, your support is very important for your child and will affect how fast your child will learn this skill

You’ll want to hold onto the child’s torso or under their armpits as they ride, avoid holding the handlebars of your child bike. If your child is struggling with the balance as they cycling along, then hold on to their bicycle seat as they cycle along, holding the bicycle seat gives the bike a anchor to balance and give your child a good sense of balancing on their bike

Once your child has gained more experience and practice, and you can see a big improvement in their ability to balance, next you’ll want to “hold on, then let go, hold on and then let go”, and so forth to gradually increase your child’s own independence and confidence as they gain more experience and practice. Be prepared to experience some back ache when doing this! 

It is worth mentioning that any encouragement and reward incentives will also help greatly, verbal encouragement “well done, that’s great work, your doing a great job”, will naturally spur your child on and quicken up their progress. Also rewards can also give your child a gentle push, rewards for reaching a milestone or improvement can further your emotional support and make it more pleasant for them   

How Long Should We (Parent & Child) Spend Practicing Each Day Cycling Without Their Bike Stabilizers? 

The answer to this question will greatly depend on your own lifestyle schedule and your child’s endurance and enjoyment, I would suggest setting a time and day (or even two days) of the week for you child to practice cycling without their stabilizers that meets with your busy lifestyle as well

The trick is to avoid overburn, but you want to stay consistent enough to allow your child to get enough practice for them to successfully learn to cycle without their stabilizers. The best way to gauge how long you should be spending with your child learning how to balance on their bike is to run small experiments, try 10, 15, 30 minutes and see where your child’s breaking point is, when they start to lose interest and want to do something else

How Long Will It Take For My Child To Cycle Without Their Bike Stabilizers?

The length of time it will take for your child to learn to cycle their bike without the stabilizers will greatly depend on how well and long it takes them to develop their coordination between balancing, pedalling and steering

It is very important that you wait until these essential skills are learned and avoid rushing/forcing your child, rushing or forcing your child will inevitable make your child more stressed and may put them of learning to ride their bike without the stabilizers

However, generally speaking the average length of time it would take for your child to cycle their bike without the stabilizers is 1 hour to 4 hours, this is just an average and your child may take a week or weeks, which is absolutely normal, it is not a one size fits all approach!  

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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