Learning to ride a bike 101

Here’s a quick guide on how to help your child learn to ride a bike.

Learning to ride a bike can be a bit scary at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked.

Here are a few tips to get you rolling.

To start off, you have to learn how to stop. Stand beside your bike, hold the handlebars, start walking and practice pulling on the brakes. After you get used to stopping it’s time to get on your bike. 

Ask mum or dad to take off the pedals on your bike and to make sure the seat on your bike is as low as it can go. If you have a balance bike you could also use this. 

Sit on the seat and push off with your feet to start, once you get going try taking your feet off the ground for as long as you can. 

Once you get the hang of it and can balance for a while it’s time to get pedaling. 

Get mum or dad to put the pedals back on your bike. 

Ask mum or dad to hold your back or shoulder and walk next to you as you start to pedal. Sometimes it helps to start on a gentle slope. After you get the knack for pedaling, it’s important to keep stopping and starting again, so you get use to using your brakes. 

You should now be riding! Don’t forget to wear a helmet and always ride with mum or dad. 

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