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Old 10-02-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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They learned at around 5 or 6 years old.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: BBC
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Kids learned around the same time I did, age 4-5.


Riding on the lawn and in the alley where falls were broken by a soften and more forgiving landing than pavement.


NO TRAINING WHEELS.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Son - practically an expert at 3.
Daughter - still waiting at 5, but mostly that's our fault for not working with her more.

The secret is never using training wheels. Go straight from BALANCE BIKE to regular.
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Old 10-03-2019, 02:44 PM
 
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My nephew from another country didn't know how to ride a bike until he came here for a vacation one summer. He was 11 years old! We took his ipad and told him he can't have it til he learned how to ride a bike. Took him a day to learn. He was just not interested but without anything else to do he learned it quickly. My sons both learned around 6 years old. I don't think we helped them. They just did on their own.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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I agree with the balance bike idea. Our neighbors had one for their son who had some muscle delays and he got the hang of balancing in no time all on his own.

My oldest daughter was probably six when she started learning to ride a bike without training wheels. She was very anxious and it took hubby taking her to the park and having her fall into the grass a few times, or twelve, for her to get the hang of things. The key was not giving up on her, lots of encouragement, and practice, practice, practice! My second daughter learned to ride a bike without training wheels when she was four or five. She just had the willpower to do it all on her own, with little help from us. She's always been one to try things, take a spill and get back up again.

This summer my husband's nephew who is ten came to visit us for a week. I spent some days thinking of fun things he could do up here with my girls, his cousins. He arrived and one of the days I had told the kids to grab their bikes and go ride. They said we can't mom because cousin can't ride a bike. I was taken aback. Turns out his parents never taught him to ride a bike without training wheels, he didn't even own a bike at all now. The high school here has a unit they do on bicycling and they ride through the town to the mountain and hike up to the star in seventh grade. How embarrassing it would be if you're one of the kids who didn't know how to ride a bike at age 14 or 15.
This is a skill that I feel should be learned early in life.
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