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When did your child start riding a two wheeler?

post #1 of 27
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My Dd is a pretty tall 3 1/2 year old. Is she too young for a two-wheeler? I could get her a trike, but I think by next year she'll be ready for a two-wheeler with training wheels.

Any bike suggestions?

Thanks!
post #2 of 27
My kids were in two wheelers with training wheels at 3 and we took the training wheels off at around 4.5.

We always got cheap bikes from walmart or target. But, I would try craigslist. Kids are so hard on bikes, I wouldn't spend a lot until they're ready to move up to the next size which is the bike they will keep for a lot longer than their starter bike.
post #3 of 27
I would start with a 12" two-wheeler with training wheels. My DS had his first two wheeler at 2 1/2 and did fine with it. He had a Trek, can't remember how much we paid, I guess around $100.
post #4 of 27
My ds taught himself how to ride a two wheeler at age 9. My dd insisted we take her training wheels off at age 7. She now refuses to ride her bike or let us put the training wheels on.

I was 10 and I think dh was 9.

We are a family of late bloomers.
post #5 of 27
both my boys learned to ride a two wheeler with training wheels a couple of weeks after their 2nd birthday. My ODS started riding without training wheels about 2 months after his 4th birthday.
post #6 of 27
my son also was on one w/training wheels at 3. He is 4.5 and still uses them, we will work on that this summer, we are in no hurry to remove them, I want him to feel confident using the brakes and on bumpy terrain first. We actually baought a good bike from a bike shop around $140 but at its lowest it fit him and he can use it untill 6 or 7years old.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by amcal View Post
We always got cheap bikes from walmart or target. But, I would try craigslist. Kids are so hard on bikes, I wouldn't spend a lot until they're ready to move up to the next size which is the bike they will keep for a lot longer than their starter bike.
What size bike is the size they'll keep for a while? I saw a sale on a nice 16" that I thought of saving for DS for Christmas... is that size worth buying new? I know it's too big for DS now, but it might fit him by December...
post #8 of 27
Do you mean with training wheels or without? DD started riding one with training wheels around 2 1/2 - but she's quite tall for her age.
post #9 of 27
I'm getting my 3 year old a two wheeler with training wheels this weekend. She does great on her tricycle and is definitely ready to move up to something else.
post #10 of 27
We skipped the training wheels and I TOTALLY recommend it. When he turned 3, we bought a 12" bike and just left off the pedals and training wheels. DS rode around for a couple of months (pushing with his feet, and gliding) and then we put the pedals on and he took off it was such an easy transition and hardly any falling
post #11 of 27
I got my oldest a 16" bike with training wheels at 3.5 and he had the training wheels off a couple months shy of 4.5.
My littlest is almost 2.5 and started riding a 2-wheeler with training wheels yesterday. I know he'll have the training wheels off by next summer. He has a 12" bike which makes a big difference.
post #12 of 27
My kids are 6 & 8 and we don't have a good place to ride a bike here, and at daddy's, he's such an overdramatic wuss I think they will always be terrified of riding with out training wheels
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by LianneM View Post
We skipped the training wheels and I TOTALLY recommend it. When he turned 3, we bought a 12" bike and just left off the pedals and training wheels. DS rode around for a couple of months (pushing with his feet, and gliding) and then we put the pedals on and he took off it was such an easy transition and hardly any falling
Yeah, we're currently borrowing DS's friend's 12" balance bike. He can already run on it and kick up his feet and glide. His friend (3 1/2) is riding a 14" 2 wheeler with no training wheels already. We're hoping to skip training wheels, too!
post #14 of 27
My kids did it early, but they are on the taller side and we have always had a "bike riding" driveway if you know what I mean.

Ds was 3 in June and we took his training wheels the following July..

Dd was 4 in October, and we just took hers off the following April.....

They both were riding a 12 inch bike at the time. I think they both got their bikes with training wheels at age 2... ds took right off and dd was very wobbly and hesitant on it.. last summer and fall she really gained confidence, and this spring she was ready.... Ds rode his 12 inch bike without training wheels for a whole year before we got him a 16in.... dd is just a wee bit tall for her 12in, so we ended up searching and finding a 14in which is just the right size. I wanted to buy a 16in but it was way too big and heavy for her.
post #15 of 27
My 5 year old just got her training wheels taken off last week, but she started with them at around 4 or a little before. It seems like all of my kids started to learn to pedal late. My 3 year old can't do it at all yet, so we'll even have to wait on a trike.
post #16 of 27
DD1 was riding a 12in bike with training wheels at 2y, we took off the training wheels when she was 4.
post #17 of 27
My dd started riding a 14" two wheeler without training wheels last summer at 3 1/2. She was very determined. She practiced on one of those balance bikes that we got at Target ( similar to the taking the pedals of the bike) and was riding in a matter of weeks.

She is riding that bike again this summer(all we had to do was adjust the seat height).
post #18 of 27
I think the size of the bike is so important. My 2 1/2 year old just started pedaling on the trike and big wheel. He has a 12" with training wheels and I think it feels very "high" to him. My 5 1/2 year old is just trying with no training wheels and it is difficult for him. He is really comfortable with his training wheels and has done lots of riding on this bike. By the end of the summer, I can see him taking off on with no training wheels.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by tatermom View Post
What size bike is the size they'll keep for a while? I saw a sale on a nice 16" that I thought of saving for DS for Christmas... is that size worth buying new? I know it's too big for DS now, but it might fit him by December...
My daughter is 5.5 and she JUST fits a 16" bike. Is this for you child born in '05? Unless they are a very tall child I don't think a 16" is what you are looking for. There isn't really any size that they will keep for awhile. You just have to go by what size is comfortable and reassess in the future.

My children were riding two wheelers with training wheels at 3. My son started riding without training wheels at age 5 and my daughter at age 4.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by LianneM View Post
We skipped the training wheels and I TOTALLY recommend it. When he turned 3, we bought a 12" bike and just left off the pedals and training wheels. DS rode around for a couple of months (pushing with his feet, and gliding) and then we put the pedals on and he took off it was such an easy transition and hardly any falling
I think if you wait until they are reading there won't be too much falling either way. When we took the training wheels off my son fell maybe twice and my daughter about the same.
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