How To Make The Transition Out Of Bicycle Training Wheels
The use of a second set of tires may be the key to a child's first ride in the park, backyard grass, or school parking lot! However, the transition out of bicycle training wheels can be a horrifying experience for some children. A simple fall can lead to a few scratches or bruises, which can ultimately lead to them wanting their bicycle training wheels on their bike forever! Some people choose to simply remove the bicycle training wheels, place the child on the seat, and hope for success; this is a method that can work on occasion, but we are looking for something that works on a constant rather than occasional basis. Utilize the steps that are described in this article properly, and you will have no problem taking your child from 4 tires to 2 tires in only a few days. One thing to remember is that riding a bicycle on 2 tires is a balancing act, and will take some time; give your child as much time as they need to master each step, and whatever you do, avoid rushing them in any way!
Step 1-Loosen The Hinges On The Bicycle Training Wheels
This is the first step on the path to your child's two wheeled biking success, and is the least drastic out of all of them. When you first installed bicycle training wheels on your child's bike, you probably tightened them as tight as you possibly could so that they could provide as much support as possible; however, our goal with this step is to get rid of that extremely supportive feeling. By slightly loosening the hinges on your child's bicycle training wheels, you allow them to get used to the feeling of riding on two tires without any additional support. Although the feeling may only be for the split second that the bike is shifting from leaning on the left supportive tire to leaning on the right, it is still a crucial feeling to experience in order to get used to the momentum keeping you balanced.
Step 2-Tighten The Hinges, And Increase The Angle Between The Bicycle Training Wheels And The Ground
You may be thinking: I just loosened the hinges, why would I tighten them again? This is because if you left the hinges loose while increasing the angle between the bicycle training wheels and the ground your child would be taking a big leap rather than a gradual step. By increasing the angle the bicycle training wheels will be relied on significantly less than they were previously. Your child will basically be riding solely on the two tires for a small amount of time, and then slightly leaning onto one of the supporting tires for a few seconds, and then repeating this process. This step involves the biggest leap that your child will ever have to take in this process so you should allot them the most amount of time to become accustomed to this new feeling.
Step 3-Loosen The Hinges On The Bicycle Training Wheels With Increased Angle
This will take the comfort level that was gained in the last step, and increase it to a whole new level. By loosening up the hinges on the bicycle training wheels that are at an increased angle, they will become an absolute backup plan for your child losing their momentum on 2 tires. This being the final step before the removal of the bicycle training wheels, should be taken with care and understanding. You should allot your child with the most time to complete this step because doing so will ensure that they are absolutely ready to move onto the next step.
Step 4-Remove The Bicycle Training Wheels Completely
This is the final and most important step in the process of making an attempt to transition out of bicycle training wheels. The mastery of this step could take anywhere from one hour to one month, and you should allow your child with as much time as they may need to complete it. It is highly recommended that you should begin this step on grass or a similar soft surface because many of the children will fall off of their bike a few times during the beginnning of trying this step. Completing it on a soft surface will allow those falls to be both physically painless, as well as painless to their ego.
There are a large variety of ways that you can allow your child to transition out of bicycle training wheels; some of them are effective, and others not so much. The one thing to remember when either following these steps or designing your own is to allow the transition to be sequential and gradual. When transitioning out of bicycle training wheels it may take your child one hour or one whole summer; you must give them as much time as it takes them to feel comfortable riding a bike on only two tires!