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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

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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...

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).

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.

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

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

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

Biscuitsneeded Fri 02-Nov-12 18:35:07

Never had any. Balance bike, then real bike on 4th birthday which he rode immediately. DS2 however is 5 and a half, very unco-ordinated and still struggling with riding a bike. I refuse to get stabilisers now!

Differentangle Fri 02-Nov-12 11:43:06

Like Bard - no stabilisers moved straight from balance bike to real bike.

BardOfBarking Thu 01-Nov-12 11:22:37

No stabilisers here - balance bike straight to real bike at 3.5 yrs. Older children did have stabilisers ds off at 4 yrs dd almost 6.

foxtrotyankee Thu 01-Nov-12 10:53:33

Can't believe no one seems to be mentioning balance bikes. We got one, a cheap one, not some fancy posh wooden one, for our son when he was 2.5 and he loved it so much,we got him a proper bike with stabilisers last Christmas. Then a few months ago he wanted the stabilisers off, influenced by peppa pig and charlie and lola episodes. He can just about do it, just turned 4 now, but he needs help starting off, and doesn't have the confidence to want to go out on proper flat paths - instead he wants to do it on our muddy, wet lawn, which makes it harder for him.

5goingon13 Wed 30-Mar-11 20:52:45

We have just taken ds (5.2) stabilisers off. After a few crashes into the wall he seems to have got the hang of it. He did the I can't do it, I don't want to anymore. I told him we had to keep going so that we could go fetch the stabiliser. By the time we got back to the stabiliser he was smiling and laughing. The main problem we still have is that he's not sure how to pedal off.
Op, we took 1 stabiliser off for a while so he had to try and learn balancing. DH thinks it helped him.

pointydog Wed 30-Mar-11 19:20:21

dd1 was almost 5

dd2 was a few months off 4.

abcdefghijk Wed 30-Mar-11 19:12:54

doesnt that make them rely on on the one n make them lean to that side?my uncle told me to just take the one off which i think is a silly idea lol
Ill ask him in few weeks see how he feels about trying again

kbaby Tue 29-Mar-11 23:06:27

Abc... that's what happened when I tried to teach dd. She just refused to yet again, out the stabilisers back on for now and just wait until they ask to try again. Hell do it when hes ready. We were told to make one stabilizer higher than the other so that its only the one keeping them upright and also creates a bit of wobble to help them balance

annoyingdevil Tue 29-Mar-11 10:25:39

4 for DD. Suspect it may be later for DS who has less co-ordination

abcdefghijk Tue 29-Mar-11 09:30:14

yeah thats wat i done,could feel he was balancin on his own so let go,he done it for about 10yds on own with me still runnin beside him.
I thought he done well and praised him etc.hes just point blank refusin to get back on

ChippingInMistressSteamMop Mon 28-Mar-11 23:07:36


You do realise you have to do the hard parenting bit here and run along side the bike holding onto him for a few goes....? Give him a push to start etc...

abcdefghijk Mon 28-Mar-11 21:11:32

took stabilisers off saturday, he went down with a crash on first attempt and wouldnt try again.refuses to even get on.
Ive heard about gradually raising stabilisers higher n higher has anyone else tried that?
Ive put them back on for now,hopefully he will get his confidence back.

coogar Wed 23-Mar-11 09:50:38

4 years for both my sons. Do it on grass to begin with so any fall is cushioned. Good luck !! smile

exoticfruits Wed 23-Mar-11 07:51:44

It depeds entirely on the DC. My DC1 could do it at 3 yrs but DC2 was nearly 7yrs.

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