How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike After Training Wheels

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How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike After Training Wheels

January 17, 2022
posted by Ali Randazzo

        child on red balance bike

If your child is begging for a big kid bicycle or they’re masters of trikes and balance bikes, it may be time to take their training wheels off and learn to ride a two-wheel bike. Keep reading for our full guide on how to make riding a smooth transition. 


What is the right age to take off training wheels?

If your little one has mastered their balance and is ready to take the sidewalks by storm, you and your child may be wondering how to ride a bike without training wheels. The short answer to this question is that it ultimately depends on your child’s confidence and comfort levels. This is usually anywhere between the ages of 3-8-years-old. 

There are different bikes to prep your kid before removing training wheels. For instance, a tricycle with a low center of gravity, like the Deluxe Big Flyer®, helps children practice pedaling while a balance bike builds confidence to push, run, and glide on a bike while not far off the ground. 


How to take off training wheels

Training wheels are an amazing tool to build balance and confidence for beginner riders. Check out the Classic 12” Cruiser in red or pink for your little one. It easily transforms from training wheels to two wheel fun with an adjustable seat to grow with your child.

When your toddlers are ready to level up their ride and switch from four wheels to two, you should do the reverse of the installation process provided on the instruction manual to take off training wheels.

     child on balance bike and push bike

How to teach a child to ride a bike without training wheels

  1. Scout a location

Finding the right spot is important to make your child comfortable when learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Avoid grass and look for a neat, flat surface in an open space. 

If you’re riding in an area with potential traffic, be sure to go over safety rules and follow road signs before beginning. Bonus: some say a slight hill is great to practice natural pedaling movement. 


  1. Find the right bike

There are two characteristics for beginner bikes to build confidence: one that has a small frame and is low to the ground. This will help them navigate the bike to steer, pedal, and pause easily. One step between a trike and a 2-wheel bike is a balance bike. The Glide & Go Balance Bike® is low to the ground and builds confidence to push & glide – start here if this may be a helpful transition for your child! 


  1. Learn to pedal & turn

Before the first push, adults should demonstrate how to pedal and steer their bikes. This way, little ones will have more control over the bike. To build confidence pedaling, the Classic Red Tricycle with Push Handle is a great option while parents steer. 


  1. Let go!

Start by pushing the child slightly and even assisting to steer. Once they get the hang of it, check with your little one if they’re ready, then let go!

    child on tricycle

Watch as your little one goes from beginner biker to speed racer. This process will be different for all children, but as long as they are confident and ready to learn, you will have a blasting teaching your child to ride a bicycle without training wheels!