Every child needs to learn how to ride a bike at some point of his or her life. It is just a part of childhood! We all remember when it was our turn, the excitement, the fear, the crashes, the boo-boos, the joy once we finally figured it out! It is one of those “moments”, a coming of age. And something we will always remember doing. I don’t know what it is about our first bike- but it’s a magic thing, and it will always stay with you.
Teaching our kids to ride a bike can be a little different, because there is a new bike in town. It’s called “Glide Bike“, and it uses a relatively new concept for us here in North America. No pedals.
I know, I know- I bike with no pedals? What? and Why? Well- it may seem really strange, but there is a motive. Children will learn to balance on the bike, without having to rely on the training wheels, or third wheel of a bike. After all, balance is key for riding a two-wheeler, or “big kid” bike, isn’t it? Once your child has that mastered- it will be nothing at all to switch to a pedaled bike and ride like the wind!
|notice how they are not using the pedals? they can’t do it- or they don’t feel steady enough to|
|see again- the girl in the back, not using her pedals? Little Man is ZOOMING by, LOL|
As a Pre-K teacher, i LOVE to see something that helps kids learn and builds confidence! If it also gives them exercise, and fun to boot? I’m IN!
One other thing I have noticed- small kids, many times, won’t use the pedals, anyway. They just use their feet and push along the ground, and the pedals are unused at all. Perhaps they are not ready for the pedals, perhaps they don’t know how to use them- I’m not sure. But at least half of the kids here at the Pre-K don’t use the pedals on the trikes that we have. And they ALL want the Glide Bike whenever I bring it! It is easier, and more fun for them. Plus, they feel like big kids.
Here is a little more information on Glide Bikes-
“A balance bike, or glide bike is a training bike that helps kids learn to balance and steer a bike safely. Balance bikes do not have pedals, crank set, and chain or training wheels. Glide Bikes are built for small children and special needs kids who are ready to learn how to ride a bike. Glide bikes utilize Downhill mountain bike geometry to achieve a very low speed balance point of less than 2mph and are light weight 8lbs for the Mini Glider and 10 for the Go Glider. “
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