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what age did u take stabilisers off bike?

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abcdefghijk Tue 22-Mar-11 17:38:38

ds(5) is confident riding bike now and im thinking about taking the stabilisers off.just worried it will knock his confidence if he not ready?will he pick up how to balance easily enough at this age?or too young?ive really not got a clue

InNeedOfAPennyForTheGuysBrandy Fri 02-Nov-12 18:36:58

4 and 4 here. ds (5) still needs a push to get going though.

cantpooinpeace Fri 02-Nov-12 18:40:08

My 5 year old DD is not letting go of her stabilisers any time sure - sheer panic without them!

My DS who is 3.5 has just mastered a bike without stabilisers straight off. He had had a balance bike for approx 6 months though & he went everywhere on it - clearly its done his balance the world of good! grin

bitsofmeworkjustfine Fri 02-Nov-12 18:42:23

we just siad to DD, dont worry about the pedals, just get your balance. she tried it a couple of times and her feet naturally went to the pedals, she took it from there!

its not an age thing its an ability thing.

letsgomaths Sat 17-Nov-12 18:23:29

Speaking for myself - I learned at age 6; I did have stabilisers which were fitted to a more "adult" bike, and as such caused the bike to rock a lot. My parents took the view that stabilisers are counter productive, and my brother learned without using them at all (but being "held" by parents).

Mrsnludd Wed 29-Apr-15 19:21:21

I know a man who is nearly 50 and still falls off and breaks his collarbone. He should still be using stabilisers! The point is everyone learns in their own time. Except the nearly 50 year old who really should know better...

MrsESneller Wed 29-Apr-15 19:32:32

I know a man who has forgotten to take his stabilising tablets. He can be found lying on the floor in small villages crying that he sees imaginary car lights. I suspect that cider may be involved.

rhetorician Wed 29-Apr-15 22:42:58

DD1 was just gone 6; she isn't very physically confident in some ways (finds coordination quite tricky) and had been riding with stabilisers for over a year (this was in the face of all the advice, but I knew she wouldn't ride at all without them). Every now and then I'd suggest taking them off, she'd try and then want them back. And then one day she said I want them off, she went up the road on her sister's balance bike (neither of mine would go near them!), then got on her own bike, rode the length of the street and that was that. Stabilisers ceremonially put in the bin! She is now on a new bigger bike, confident, so I now have her riding on the road alongside me.

SimonEvansIreland Thu 06-Aug-15 18:00:33

Agree with loads of the comments here about balance bikes, they're way better than using stabilisers. Most kids progress to pedaling without stabilisers by age 4 if not younger.

If you don't want to choose between a balance bike and a pedal bike, you could try the 3-in-1 LittleBig bike that grows from a little balance bike into a big pedals bike.

RoganJosh Thu 06-Aug-15 18:03:58

I'm not sure how helpful balance bikes are to people who have already gone down the stabiliser route.
(As someone who has done both for different children.)

pretend Thu 06-Aug-15 18:05:43

DS was 3. He started on a balance bike though so had the balance sorted before he turned 2, then it was just a question of co-ordinating the pedals.

ghostspirit Thu 06-Aug-15 18:13:08

i only just took my sons stablizers of hes 8. i have taken one stablizer of my 5 year olds bike.

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