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How to Teach an Older Child to Ride a Bike?

Teaching children how to ride a bike is surely an essential part of growing up during childhood. And if somehow you missed out on teaching your child when they were younger you still have time in your hands to teach them. And to help you out this article is all about enlightening you regarding how to teach an older child to ride a bike.

We have included detailed steps so that you can find it easier while you teach them and surely in the end they will master the skill of riding the child bike and have full confidence. You will also get to make them do exercise and make a lot of memories with your kids during this whole journey of teaching your kids.

How to Teach an Older Child to Ride a Bike?

Let Them See Other Kids Riding:

If you see your kid showing very less interest in riding bike, to create a spark so that they feel interested you can take your child to a park where other kids are riding bikes or learning how to do so from their parents. Observing the other children will surely get your child interested in learning and also basic things such as how to paddle, sit in the bike or how to balance can be learned visually by them.

Select a Suitable Area:

To give your child lessons to learn how to ride bike it is essential a suitable area is chosen. An open field with very little amount of grass would be the best one for your child or an empty parking lot. What matters the most is that the place must not have any human disturbance and definitely not any sort of traffic.

Preparing the Bike for Teaching Your Child:

  • Remove the Training Wheels:

Before your child learns how to ride a bike there is a need that they will need to learn about balancing first and then paddling. For turning a normal child bicycle into a balance bike it is essential that the training wheels are removed. The training wheels are just simply there for helping very small children to learn how to ride a bicycle or just simply enjoy.

  • Remove the Pedals of the Bike and Lower the Seat:

Removing the pedals completely turns a bicycle into a balance bike. Lowering the seat is important so that your child feels comfortable while seating upright and their feet touches the ground completely while making sure that their legs are straight.

  • Pump the Tires:

Make sure that the tires of the bike are properly inflated with the correct amount of pressure so that your child can be able to ride the bike smoothly.

Leaning How to Scoot and Balance:

  • Scooting: 

Teach your child how to scoot, by instructing them to apply force with their feet on the ground to get an opposite force and energy back so that the bike moves forward in a steady manner. Make sure while scooting your child looks forward and not on the ground.

  • Balancing: 

Once your child gets comfortable enough with scooting and moving around in a steady manner, ask your child to lift their feet off the ground and extend their feet straight to the sides to balance once the bike is in a steady motion.

  • Controlling: 

Instruct them to put their feet down whenever they think that the speed is getting out of control or they are about to fall. But also ask them to balance as long as they can and to encourage them you may play a safe competitive game with them.

Learning to Move in Different Directions:

Teach your child to move towards different directions while they balance. Ask them to learn how to control by moving the front of the bicycle to different directions while it is in a steady speed.

Learning How to Pedal:

  • After giving your child enough training on scooting and balancing, reinstall the pedals back but make sure that the position of the seat remains the same as before.
  • After being done, hold the bicycle for your child till he or she settles down on the bicycle seat. Holding the bicycle seat needs to be done as they will be learning pedaling for the first time.
  • Instruct them how they will be placing one of their foot on the paddle. With one foot on the ground to keep the bicycle stable, the other foot should be placed on the pedal. Make them practice is quite a number of times and when you keep holding the bicycle seat show them how they will be applying a pushing force downwards to get the paddle moving.

Teaching the Final Step for Riding a Bike:

  • Ask them to scoot first like they have previously learned and then as the bike gains speed they will need to start balancing. This time while balancing instead of lifting their legs straight they will need to place their foot on the pedals one by one simultaneously.
  • And then they will need to start paddling and also move the front tire of the bicycle to any direction that they want.
  • Finally, they will need to learn how to apply the brakes. Ask them to come and stop at a certain spot and instruct them when to press the brakes. But also let them know that to control the speed of the bike they will need to simply control the energy that they apply on the pedals. If they pedal quick with applying force the speed will increase and if they slowly lower the number of time that they pedal the speed will come to a control.


To sum up, if you are looking for the perfect guide to enlighten you regarding how to teach an older child to ride a bike then this piece of reading is the actual thing that you are looking for. Apart from following the guide, try doing the whole thing of teaching them in a friendly manner so that they surely build up confidence and ride bike like a master.

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Angela E. Bouchard
Angela E. Bouchard

Angela E. Bouchard is a writer and blogger as well as the chief editor of Route Vibes. She was grown up in a small neighborhood of Linden Avenue, Orlando, FL. From childhood, she has developed a keen interest to know about everything. Such characteristic helped her to become a passionate writer as she grows up. Before starting at the Route Vibes project, Angela E. Bouchard worked as writer and editor at multiple top-notch blogs and magazines. You can follow her on different social media, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Instagram, to know more about his work.

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