We decided to look into getting a balance bike to help him learn (since we read a lot of reviews from parents stating their child "learned to ride in one hour"). We looked online and were going to order the one above (it had great reviews, and is very lightweight), but then decided we might be better off buying a cheap 12 inch lightweight bike off of Craigslist.
My husband and father took off the pedals, the crank, and the chain so that there was nothing left except the frame, wheels, and handlebars. We made sure that he was able to rest his feet flat on the ground while seated, before we began teaching him how to ride it. We put on his helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves (which he said he needed), and he was finally ready to go...and we were ready to let him. We put him out in the driveway told his to push along with his feet, then pick up his feet and coast. By the third lap around the driveway he was coasting down the slope with his feet up, banking on a turn, and walking back up to the top! We couldn't believe it.
We also couldn't believe we hadn't thought of it earlier!
So now the next step...putting the pedals back on his bike. I think that now he has mastered the balancing part, and already was able to do the pedals and steering, that hopefully he can put it all together.
Check back soon for an update and I'll let you know how it went :)
So in our crazy life we basically have twins (though 12.5 months apart, they act just like them), and you can't get one something without the other! Ugh...so my hubby today bought another bike, but this time decided to get a real balance bike rather than converting one. Here is what we got:
This bike has amazing reviews, and we really like the looks and design of it. Here are the specific things we like:
- very light (my almost 3-year old can lift it easily)
- very low to the ground (about 10 inch bike, but can adjust seat much higher)
- handlebars can turn just like on a real bike (be careful, this is not true of all balance bikes)
- super bright color (LaLa picked out orange of all colors...and turns out I love it much to my surprise)
- the tires are rubber tires not air tires (not a big deal, but worth knowing)
- footrest is too small, only can place heels and then they still hit the rear wheel