Training wheels seems like the best option for your child to learn how to cycle before proceeding to 2 wheels. However, what most parents fail to know is that training wheels does not really help your child to cycle. We were misled with the idea that if the child is able to balance on 4 wheels, they would be able to do it with 2. The purpose of training wheels is to help the child understand how the bicycle works. Training wheels teaches the child how to ride unbalanced as compared to a Balance Bike.
Now that we parents know that training wheels does not do much of a trick when teaching children how to cycle, what should we do then? Balance bikes are similar to a bicycle; only difference is that they do not have pedals. This means your child will be focusing on their handlebar control and posture before they learn how to cycle. Balance bikes are suitable for child ranging from 18 months old to 5 years old. Anything above 5 years of age, they should start learning how to cycle with a proper bicycle. You must note that there is no such thing as a Balance Bike that is available for your child who is over the age of 5. Also, having a Balance Bike does not necessary mean your child will be able to cycle.
You’re probably scratching your head trying to figure out what you need to do to get your child to cycle or at least learn how to cycle. Your main concerns are a Balance Bike has an age limit, time is not on your side to teach your child how to cycle and doing a strenuous activity as such might take a toll on your body.
That is where WE come in. At Learn to Cycle Singapore, we have classes designed suitably for your child. You can choose to sign them up for our Group Cycling Classes or Private Cycling Classes. Classes are for children ages as young as 4 years old all the way to 16 years old. Of course in these classes, your child will not be on a Balance Bike or a bicycle with training wheels. Getting your child to join classes will not only save you from doing an energy-consuming activity to help your child learn. It also benefits your child to get them outdoors, meet new people in the group classes and learn a new skill all at the same time.
Classes will be conducted by our dedicated team of Coaches who will be with your child throughout the classes. In the classes, they will not only be learning about the balance of the bicycle but also safety and other fundamentals. This class will help a lot not just for you, the parents, but also for your child.