Last summer I wrote about Ava learning to ride a bike with the “balance bike” approach. I’m here now to sing the praises of this method once again. It’s worked just as well for Thing 2 – but this time two years sooner!
The balance bike approach is exactly that; no training wheels. It’s about learning to balance first, pedaling comes later. A “real” balance bike has no pedals – but we just used a regular, very small bike for Ava. You don’t need a special bike, what matters is that they can easily catch themselves when they lose their balance. Ava was 6 when she learned, so her legs were long enough that the pedals didn’t get in her way while she was learning to balance.