On Teaching My 5 Year Old to Ride a Bike + How He Learned in One Lesson

Ok, I’m not here to brag, but I’m totally going to brag a little because Brooks LITERALLY got this bike on Friday, he totally picked it up in ONE lesson and now he’s a lean, mean, bike riding machine.

I know there are lots of other parents out there looking to get their kiddos up and riding bikes this season and I totally want to let you in on a little secret weapon on how I think Brooks was able to pick it up so fast.

Step 1: Buy a two wheeled scooter.

Brooks + Graham have used the Micro Mini for years. Brooks originally had the original Micro Mini {which is a fixed height} and Graham got the Deluxe 3 in 1 Version when he was little.

This spring, Brooks was all of a sudden WAY to big for the scooter so we decided to upgrade to a Razor.

And you know what that $30 two wheeled scooter taught him?

Balance.

I think it’s so much easier for a kiddo to learn the whole ‘balance on wheels thing’ when they are very close to the ground.

A little less intimidating than jumping on a bigger bike. Plus, let’s be honest, scooters are so much fun.

I even have one!

And I know some might suggest going the balance bike route – and we had one for Brooks, but it never really worked out with his height – he was too small for it when we first got it and then he outgrew it before he really got to even use it. Plus he always preferred his scooter.

So it was sort of a natural progression that he was excited about his new scooter and the challenge of learning how to do it on two wheels. Then he got excited about his new bike, because he liked the idea of mastering another challenge!

Brooks seriously got on a bike for the first time on Friday and he just took off like he was born to do it. He had the balance down instantly and I am a huge believer it was 100% because of the two wheeled scooter.

Going from a three wheeled scooter to a two wheeled one is a big change. Plus, like a bike, the handlebars on a Razor move and flow with the wheels, so you have to control that too. It makes a big difference in figuring out how to control and balance it, just like it does on a bike.

Once they get the hang of the balance, there’s no need for training wheels – just go for it!

So there you have it – my little two cents about how important two wheeled scooters are for helping in learning to ride a bike! A #proudmommoment for my little 5 year old indeed – because its a big deal when your kiddo learns to ride a bike! I’m so excited for our summer of cycling together. Can you tell?!

Now I’d love to hear from you? How old was your kiddo when they first learned to ride a bike? Did you have any special tricks up your sleeve?! I’d love to hear it!

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  • Reply Patty April 3, 2019 at 6:23 am

    A proud Gaga too! I totally thought that he needed training wheels, but he sure proved me wrong- way to go Brooks and so proud of you for mastering a new skill!

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