First bike - how old?

Discussion in 'The Toddler Years(1-3)' started by monica77, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. monica77

    monica77 Well-Known Member

    Hi,

    So Christmas is coming and we are thinking to get Vanessa and Max real bikes. They are 3 and 2 months and they are really good on their balance bikes that they have since last Christmas. The truth is they are outgrowing their balance bikes - they are really tall for their age and we think they would have no problem riding a real bike, without training wheels.
     
    We thought it was a great idea, but my father in law says we should wait - they are too young for bikes. What do you guys think? Are they ready for bikes? They ride their balance bikes, and power wheels cars through the neighborhood and they know they shouldn't ride on the street. Of course, they can't fall out of the cars, so now I am not sure what to do anymore. Please let me know what you think.
     
    How old were your kids when they got their first bike? And how was it? Did they listen when you told them to stop and wait?
     
    Thank you,
     
    Monica
     
  2. megkc03

    megkc03 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    Good question! I was adamant about getting balance bikes(thanks TS), but never found the time to help them with them(I had their sister 19 mths later and then I watched a fourth child). Soooo....this past summer they did decent on the bikes.

    They just turned 6 and they don't have regular bikes. Dh says they should pick out their first bikes(in the spring) and then we upgrade to a bigger one at Christmas some time. But I don't know. I think it's a great Christmas gift! Lol!

    Let us know what you decide!
     
  3. MrsWright

    MrsWright Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    My boys got theirs for their birthdays last year (December) and we have a heater in the garage so they rode all winter.  We took the training wheels off this August...they just decided one day they wanted to ride without them and that was that.  They never had balance bikes..and they still ride their trikes in the house.  My daughter is getting hers from grandma/grandpa this Christmas but I have no doubt she will be on the training wheels forever..she just isn't as physical as my boys:)
     
  4. miss_bossy18

    miss_bossy18 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    We got the girls balance bikes at 4 and pedal bikes at 5. I wish we had started younger - I just assumed they "couldn't". This summer we started participating in a local outdoor playgroup and there were 3 & 4 year olds (and one 2.5 year old) that were confident and competent on pedal bikes. It was really cool to watch. Most of them had started on balance bikes between 18-24 months. I think you should absolutely do it! Just decide on and introduce the ground rules for safety from day 1. Kids are smart and capable when we don't underestimate them. :)
     
  5. tarcoulis

    tarcoulis Well-Known Member

    They were 3 when they got regular bikes with training wheels.  We took the training wheels off a year later and it took about 20 mins for them to figure out how to ride tight circles around the garage, stop, start etc without falling off.  Never had balance bikes.
     
  6. kingeomer

    kingeomer Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    My DD was 5 when she got her bike with training wheels.  My son will be 6 when he gets his.  I tried to get my DH on board with balance bikes and he wouldn't go for it (I still wish he had).  We got the kids tricycles when they were 3.
     
  7. eagleswings216

    eagleswings216 Well-Known Member

    My kids got bikes with training wheels for their 3rd birthday, but only because DH's mom bought them for them without asking us.  I would have waited another year.  They had some trouble learning to pedal, but we are getting there slowly.  We only let them ride in safe places - like the park.  No way would they stop and be safe on the road yet.  And honestly, now they are almost too big for those bikes, so we're going to have to buy them a new one in the spring.  So yeah, I would have waited until 4-4.5 to get them if it was me.
     
  8. w101ttd

    w101ttd Well-Known Member

    My kids got 12" bikes with trainning wheels around 3. Now, they can bike so fast. They love biking. They can bike 2 miles/day. I think my boy is ready for no trainning wheels. But I haven't taken them off yet.

    They got tricycles around 2. Balance bikes before 3. But they don't use much balance bikes. They love their 12" bikes. And biking is a good excerise for kids. We usually go to parks. They bike and I run behind them. Good for the family! I would get them for your kids. If u worry they will outgrow so fast, you can get some used on local Craigslist. Gl!
     
  9. FGMH

    FGMH Well-Known Member

    Our got bikes without training wheels for their 4th birthday and did really well from the beginning.
     
    They had balance bikes since their 2nd birthday and might have been ready for proper bikes earlier but we live in a pretty hilly area so we did not want them frustrated (not being able to go uphill) or anxious (not being able to brake going downhill). We had worked on general discipline like staying on the sidewalk, waiting for cars, stopping the moment we yell etc. from the beginning with their balance bikes - as long as they were not too fast yet and a balance bikes is easier to take away and carry as a consequence for not listening or not following safety rules. The same rules just continued to apply on the real bikes, that was no problem for us.
     
  10. sulik110202

    sulik110202 Well-Known Member

    We got the kids bikes with training wheels for their 3rd birthday.  They have used them a lot.  DS learned how to ride a bike without training wheels around 5 years old and DD still has her training wheels on.
     
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