Learn to ride a bike on two wheels the fun way, say no to Scooters, Tricycle's and Training Wheels

Written by Chris Van Der Merwe on . Posted in Strider Education

Learn to ride a bike on two wheels the fun way, say no to Scooters, Tricycle's and Training Wheels

In the past three years we have interacted with more toddlers and young children first hand than we ever thought we would. We have had amazing results and experiences introducing children to two wheels and learning balance, steering, leaning and instilling confidence from as young as 18 months old, as opposed stabilizing children, keeping them upright and rigid.

Scooters, tricycles and training wheels on bicycles do not teach balance, they stabilize children. The irony of training wheel bikes, is they don't teach balance and are more of a hindrance than an aid.

Why are bikes which stabilize riders not good?

  • Weight: The typical children's bike with 12" wheels and training wheels weighs 6.8Kg’s to 10Kg’s. Would a 60 Kg adult want to ride a 60 Kg bike? That does not Sound like fun. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance bikes weigh only 2.2Kg’s to 3Kg’s making them the light's, strongest and most versatile bike on the market.
  • Turning, Steering, Cornering: To steer and turn a bike around a corner, the rider must lean in the direction of the turn. Attempt to hold the bike perpendicular to the ground while cornering would result in falling off in the opposite direction of the turn. It is impossible to correctly corner with training wheels. It is however possible to turn with training wheels. Regretfully the rider will have to lean in the opposite direction of the turn, lean left to turn right and lean right to turn left. By doing the opposite crashes will be more imminent after the "training wheels" are removed.
  • Safety & Confidence: It's more important to know how to balance and corner on a bike than it is to turn pedals. Balance being the common factor between all two wheeled activities. A STRIDER balance bike has no pedals, so the rider can quickly put their feet down in order to stabilize themselves. When using training wheels, riders are not able to put their feet down when uncertainty creeps in, of which the pedals generally get in the way. Not putting your foot down is a dangerous habit that needs to be un-learned.
  • Speed & Versatility: Children who ride Strider Bikes easily pass children on training wheels and can generally ride in any environment and on any terrain through which confidence, balance and coordination are developed at a greater rate. 

What are STRIDER Balance Bikes? If you have not been to a playground recently, STRIDER No-Pedal Balance bikes are kids’ first bikes that come without pedals or training wheels. Children while seated walk and run propelling themselves forward. They don't have pedals? How will your child learn to pedal? Pedaling is a mechanical motor skill quickly learnt one the rider has greater self confidence and has learnt to balance.

We (Older generation) all probably learnt to ride by starting off on one or another rudimentary product and therefor may find it to be the right way for our children.Never forget our first experience of riding on only two wheels after mom or dad removed the training wheels, taking a few pedals, falling over and doing it again until we got it right. Practice, determination, frustration and a few bruises, nicks and cuts is what got us to balancing and then pedaling. Also Mom and Dad consistently shouting pedal or running with us and holding us up so we did not fall.

For the past three years we have assisted in creating riders, learning to ride on only two wheels within fun and exhilarating environments. Through our most recent endeavors (past 10 weeks) we have been determined to educate parents, teaching and facilitating over 3000 children ranging in age from 18 months old to teenager's, riding within a unique environment and on fun terrain. The STRIDER Adventure Zone located within the Hippodrome at the Gold Reef City Theme Park has afforded us an opportunity to show, display and prove that any child who is given a chance and seizes the opportunity, can learn to ride on two wheels. If not immediately, or within 15-30 Minutes, they can quickly progress to riding on two wheels only.

While many parents are hesitant to allow thir children to try, suggesting their children are too small, too young or simply wont be able to do it, are quickly proven wrong, as their toddler's faces are filled with smiles and exude the confidence which is quickly instilled after realizing, they can do it! 

Unlike scooters, tricycles and training wheels, STRIDER bikes help children as young as 18 months learn to ride on two wheels by focusing on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions of pedals.

When interacting  with parents and new riders we always try and gauge what their abilities are before getting them onto the bike, what type of personality the rider has and what their process has been of learning to ride. Needless to say, many parents of children under four suggest their fearless rider has been tearing it up on a scooter, wearing out the wheels, only to initially find they cant balance? Parents of learner riders who are currently utilizing some form of tricycle or training wheel bicycle, often seem embarrassed as their six year or older child is still learning, can not yet balance and does not have a great sense of self confidence however determined they may seem to be.

How does it work? The STRIDER’s simple design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. STRIDER bikes are the lightest bike in their class making them easy to maneuver, more easily adjustable and way cooler looking – noting also that parents especially love how STRIDER bikes help run off toddler energy and get them napping even sooner!

Children as we know are like little sponges, ready to absorb everything around them, take on new challenges and try new experiences afforded to them. Getting your child on two wheels is the best things you can do for their development. 

Say No! to Training Wheels, Ticycles and Scooter.