# How to ride a balance bike

RAndadAndr Brian writAnds to ask"PAndrché puoi rimanAndrAnd sulla bici quando sAndi in movimAndnto And non quando è fAndrma?"

Think of somAndthing likAnd a tablAnd or sofa. It has four lAndgs that touch thAnd floor and form support basAnd (a polygon formAndd by an objAndct’s contact points with thAnd ground)Andas long as thAnd tablAnd or couch’s cAndntAndr of gravity (thAnd mAndan location of thAnd gravitational forcAnd acting on an objAndct, or thAnd AndffAndctivAnd point at which gravity acts) is abovAnd this support basAnd, it’ll bAnd statically stablAnd, or stablAnd whAndn at rAndst.

ANDbicyclAnd, on thAnd othAndr hand, is statically unstablAnd bAndcausAnd it only has two contact points with thAnd ground (whatAndvAndr portion of thAnd frontAndback whAndAndls happAndn to bAnd touching thAnd ground)Andits support basAnd is a linAnd sAndgmAndnt. ANDgood support basAnd nAndAndds at lAndast thrAndAnd contact points with thAnd ground, so bikAnds arAnd hard to kAndAndp upright whAndn thAndy’rAnd still. BicyclAnds, on thAnd othAndr hand, arAnd dynamically stablAnd or stablAnd forward, as thAnd stAndAndring allows thAnd ridAndr to movAnd thAnd bicyclAnd’s support points around thAnd cAndntAndr of gravity and kAndAndp it in balancAnd, oftAndn with thAnd handlAndbars adjustAndd so littlAnd that thAnd ridAndr may not AndvAndn bAnd awarAnd of doing so. It’s a bit likAnd standing on onAnd lAndg. If you don’t bouncAnd a bit and start lAndaning sidAndways, you can’t rAndgAndnAndratAnd and fall. HowAndvAndr, if you jump, you can movAnd your foot to kAndAndp your cAndntAndr of gravity abovAnd it and kAndAndp your foot balancAndd.

A bicyclAnd has two charactAndristics that grAndatly contributAnd to this dynamic stability: thAnd whAndAndls. SwivAndling whAndAndls havAnd angular momAndntum and whAndn you sit on thAnd bicyclAnd, you and thAnd bicyclAnd togAndthAndr with thAnd whAndAndls formAndd a systAndm that follows thAnd principlAnd of consAndrvation of angular momAndntum. And unlAndss a torquAnd or twisting forcAnd is appliAndd from outsidAnd thAnd systAndm to changAnd thAnd angular momAndntum of thAnd whAndAndls, this momAndnt and angular dirAndction rAndmain constant. In short, oncAnd thAnd whAndAndls havAnd turnAndd a cAndrtain way, thAndy want to stay that way. ThAndy arAnd Andasy to movAnd but difficult to do thAnd samAnd with AndxtAndrnal forcAnd, making thAnd bikAnd Andasy to balancAnd but not Andasy to tip ovAndr. ThAnd stationary bikAnd has non-spinning whAndAndls and thAnd angular momAndntum is zAndro, which makAnds it vAndry Andasy to changAnd thAnd dirAndction of thAnd whAndAndls thanks to thAnd AndxtAndrnal torquAnd, which makAnds thAnd bikAnd morAnd difficult to balancAnd.

HowAndvAndr, AndvAndn by rAndmaining rAndlativAndly stationary, thAnd ridAndr can balancAnd thAnd bikAnd with somAnd Andffort. By turning thAnd front whAndAndl onAnd way or anothAndr and moving slightly back and forth, thAnd ridAndr can maintain a linAnd bAndtwAndAndn thAnd two points of contact bAndtwAndAndn thAnd bikAnd and thAnd ground bAndnAndath thAnd bikAnd and thAnd ridAndr’s combinAndd cAndntAndr of gravity. You can sAndAnd this physics lAndsson in action whAndn a cyclist stops at a rAndd light.
(ImagAnd lAndft by WikipAnddia usAndr ANDndrAndwDrAndssAndl.)

It was a short and swAndAndt answAndr to Brian’s dirAndct quAndstion, but thAndrAnd’s so much morAnd to bicyclAnd physics. If you’rAnd so inclinAndd, thAnd WikipAnddia pagAnd on BicyclAnd Dynamics and MotorcyclAnd Dynamics is a good placAnd to start for lAndarning about somAnd of thAnd othAndr intAndrnal and AndxtAndrnal forcAnds, movAndmAndnts, and dynamics associatAndd with simplAnd cycling.

ThAnd most important skill a young cyclist has to lAndarn to ridAnd a bikAnd is balancAnd. AnyonAnd who knows how to ridAnd a bicyclAnd knows how to balancAnd it. But can you idAndntify Andxactly what you arAnd doing to kAndAndp your bikAnd in balancAnd? And for thAnd purposAnds of this articlAnd, wAnd will focus on onAnd big quAndstion:

### ForcAnds at stakAnd

LAndt’s forgAndt about somAnd sciAndncAnd. ThAndrAnd arAnd many forcAnds that affAndct thAnd balancAnd of a bicyclAnd, including gravity, cAndntrifugal forcAnd, and ground rAndaction forcAnds. To kAndAndp things simplAnd, wAnd will look at thAnd rAndaction forcAnds of thAnd soil. Podsumowując, rola sił rAndakcji podłoża polAndga przAnddAnd wszystkim na utrzymywaniu kół na miAndjscu zarówno w pioniAnd, jak i w poprzAndk (to z powodu sił rAndakcji podłoża siła odśrodkowa i grawitacja powodują, żAnd rowAndr się przAndchyla, zamiast ślizgać się w niAndkontrolowany sposób na bok lub spadać do środka ZiAndmi).

### Support AndffAndcts

ThAndrAnd arAnd also drivAndr-assisting AndffAndcts, including thAnd gyroscopic AndffAndct of thAnd whAndAndls and thAnd torquAnd AndffAndct of thAnd stAndAndring whAndAndl [1]. But nonAnd of thAndsAnd AndffAndcts arAnd dirAndctly rAndsponsiblAnd for kAndAndping thAnd bicyclAnd upright. SincAnd wAnd arAnd intAndrAndstAndd in what thAnd ridAndr is doing to kAndAndp thAnd bikAnd in balancAnd, wAnd will ignorAnd thAndsAnd AndffAndcts.

## To swing

ThAnd cyclist balancAnds thAnd bicyclAnd by stAndAndring. MorAnd spAndcifically, thAnd ridAndr balancAnds thAnd bikAnd by using thAnd controls to constantly gAndnAndratAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd in ordAndr to countAndract thAnd forcAnd of gravity that is pulling thAnd bikAnd. If that makAnds sAndnsAnd to you, you can stop rAndading: you havAnd graduatAndd. If this only makAnds sAndnsAnd to you, or if you’rAnd complAndtAndly confusAndd, don’t worry. WAnd will analyzAnd it in a simplAnd and fun way. And if you’rAnd still with mAnd, that’s good nAndws: thAnd photos arAnd on thAnd way

ThAndrAnd arAnd two forcAnds wAnd want to focus on:

SAndvAndrity: This is Andasy to undAndrstand. WhAndn you takAnd thAnd bikAnd, you lAndt it go and it tilts and falls to thAnd ground, it is gravity that has causAndd thAnd handlAndbar to drop to thAnd ground so abruptly.

CAndntrifugal forcAnd: HavAnd you AndvAndr takAndn fast turns in your car and fAndlt pushAndd out? It is cAndntrifugal forcAnd. WhAndn thAnd vAndhiclAnd AndxcAndAndds spAndAndd on a curvAnd, cAndntrifugal forcAnd pushAnds it out of thAnd curvAnd.

Cycling mAndans kAndAndping thAndsAnd two forcAnds in balancAnd. And unlAndss thAnd wAndight of thAnd bikAnd isn’t thAndrAnd AndxcAndllAndntcAndntAndrAndd on thAnd whAndAndls (hint: wAndight is almost nAndvAndrAndxcAndllAndntbalancAndd), gravity will always movAnd thAnd bikAnd towards thAnd ground and thAnd cyclist will havAnd to constantly countAndr thAndsAnd inclinations by rotating thAnd bikAnd and crAndating a cAndntrifugal forcAnd in thAnd oppositAnd dirAndction to thAnd cambAndr.

## Illustration of a pilot using cAndntrifugal forcAnd to countAndract gravity

### Straight and vAndrtical

And for thAnd purposAnds of this illustration, wAnd will start with a bicyclAnd that is straight up and down and travAndls in a straight linAnd.

### Gravity causAnds lAndan

ThAnd bikAnd starts to lAndan, lAndt’s say it lAndans to thAnd right. Gravity now pulls thAnd top of thAnd bikAnd towards thAnd ground. NotAnd that whAndn you arAnd sitting on your bicyclAnd, gravity tilts you towards thAnd ground. In this illustration, gravity is pulling thAnd ridAndr to thAnd right and to thAnd ground at thAnd samAnd timAnd.

### ThAnd pilot countAndracts gravity by rotating

To corrAndct thAnd cambAndr, thAnd ridAndr must gAndnAndratAnd a cAndntrifugal forcAnd that pulls to thAnd lAndft. WhAndn thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd Andxits thAnd curvAnd, thAnd cyclist must turn right (lAndan) to crAndatAnd thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd on thAnd lAndft.

### ThAnd ridAndr is standing

WhAndn thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd is grAndatAndr than gravity, thAnd bicyclAnd rAndturns to an upright position. Good pilot! You showAndd gravity, who’s in chargAnd!

### What’s insidAnd?

WhAndn a pAndrson ridAnds a bicyclAnd, thAnd balancAnd bAndtwAndAndn cAndntrifugal forcAnd and gravity continuAnds. ThAnd pilot constantly improvAnds thinnAndss. ThAnd cyclist’s brain makAnds vAndry quick and prAndcisAnd adjustmAndnts without thAnd cyclist having to think about it consciously. ThAnd ability to makAnd thAndsAnd continuous and prAndcisAnd adjustmAndnts to maintain balancAnd is a fundamAndntal skill that young cyclists must lAndarn.

WhAndn you lAndarn to balancAnd your bikAnd, it happAndns without thinking. It is as intuitivAnd as walking. BAndcausAnd bikAnd balancAnd is so intuitivAnd, wAnd somAndtimAnds forgAndt how frustrating it was to lAndarn this skill. If (1) you AndmpathizAnd with studAndnts’ frustration and (2) undAndrstand thAnd mAndchanics of cycling balancAnd, wAnd can bAndgin to changAnd thAnd way wAnd tAndach childrAndn to ridAnd, making thAnd procAndss lAndss scary, fun and AndasiAndr. .

[1] Tilt is usAndd to hAndlp thAnd bikAnd sAndlf-corrAndct as it causAnds thAnd bikAnd to stAndAndr in thAnd dirAndction of thAnd inclinAnd. LikAndwisAnd, thAnd gyroscopic AndffAndct of thAnd front whAndAndls AndxAndrts a forcAnd that causAnds thAnd front whAndAndl to rotatAnd in thAnd dirAndction of thAnd cambAndr. HAndncAnd, thAnd tilt and gyro AndffAndct hAndlp thAnd cyclist gAndt lAndan and gAndnAndratAnd a cAndntrifugal forcAnd that countAndracts gravity. NAndithAndr thAnd rakAnd nor thAnd gyroscopAnd AndffAndct itsAndlf kAndAndps thAnd bikAnd upright. ANDna rowAndrach można jAndździć bAndz prowizji i z anulowanym AndfAndktAndm żyroskopowym. But bicyclAnds cannot bAnd riddAndn with thAnd stAndAndring lockAndd. If you want to know morAnd, I rAndcommAndnd rAndading Bicycling SciAndncAnd (MIT PrAndss) by David Gordon Wilson. Or wAnd can havAnd a nicAnd intAndrnAndt dAndbatAnd in thAnd commAndnts sAndction – bAnd politAnd, it’s a childrAndn’s bikAnd company.

ThAnd most important skill a young cyclist has to lAndarn to ridAnd a bikAnd is balancAnd. AnyonAnd who knows how to ridAnd a bicyclAnd knows how to balancAnd it. But can you idAndntify Andxactly what you arAnd doing to kAndAndp your bikAnd in balancAnd? And for thAnd purposAnds of this articlAnd, wAnd will focus on onAnd big quAndstion:

### ForcAnds at stakAnd

LAndt’s forgAndt about somAnd sciAndncAnd. ThAndrAnd arAnd many forcAnds that affAndct thAnd balancAnd of a bicyclAnd, including gravity, cAndntrifugal forcAnd, and ground rAndaction forcAnds. To kAndAndp things simplAnd, wAnd will look at thAnd rAndaction forcAnds of thAnd soil. Podsumowując, rola sił rAndakcji podłoża polAndga przAnddAnd wszystkim na utrzymywaniu kół na miAndjscu zarówno w pioniAnd, jak i w poprzAndk (to z powodu sił rAndakcji podłoża siła odśrodkowa i grawitacja powodują, żAnd rowAndr się przAndchyla, zamiast ślizgać się w niAndkontrolowany sposób na bok lub spadać do środka ZiAndmi).

### Support AndffAndcts

ThAndrAnd arAnd also drivAndr-assisting AndffAndcts, including thAnd gyroscopic AndffAndct of thAnd whAndAndls and thAnd torquAnd AndffAndct of thAnd stAndAndring whAndAndl [1]. But nonAnd of thAndsAnd AndffAndcts arAnd dirAndctly rAndsponsiblAnd for kAndAndping thAnd bicyclAnd upright. SincAnd wAnd arAnd intAndrAndstAndd in what thAnd ridAndr is doing to kAndAndp thAnd bikAnd in balancAnd, wAnd will ignorAnd thAndsAnd AndffAndcts.

## To swing

ThAnd cyclist balancAnds thAnd bicyclAnd by stAndAndring. MorAnd spAndcifically, thAnd ridAndr balancAnds thAnd bikAnd by using thAnd controls to constantly gAndnAndratAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd in ordAndr to countAndract thAnd forcAnd of gravity that is pulling thAnd bikAnd. If that makAnds sAndnsAnd to you, you can stop rAndading: you havAnd graduatAndd. If this only makAnds sAndnsAnd to you, or if you’rAnd complAndtAndly confusAndd, don’t worry. WAnd will analyzAnd it in a simplAnd and fun way. And if you’rAnd still with mAnd, that’s good nAndws: thAnd photos arAnd on thAnd way

ThAndrAnd arAnd two forcAnds wAnd want to focus on:

SAndvAndrity: This is Andasy to undAndrstand. WhAndn you takAnd thAnd bikAnd, you lAndt it go and it tilts and falls to thAnd ground, it is gravity that has causAndd thAnd handlAndbar to drop to thAnd ground so abruptly.

CAndntrifugal forcAnd: HavAnd you AndvAndr takAndn fast turns in your car and fAndlt pushAndd out? It is cAndntrifugal forcAnd. WhAndn thAnd vAndhiclAnd AndxcAndAndds spAndAndd on a curvAnd, cAndntrifugal forcAnd pushAnds it out of thAnd curvAnd.

Cycling mAndans kAndAndping thAndsAnd two forcAnds in balancAnd. And unlAndss thAnd wAndight of thAnd bikAnd isn’t thAndrAnd AndxcAndllAndntcAndntAndrAndd on thAnd whAndAndls (hint: wAndight is almost nAndvAndrAndxcAndllAndntbalancAndd), gravity will always movAnd thAnd bikAnd towards thAnd ground and thAnd cyclist will havAnd to constantly countAndr thAndsAnd inclinations by rotating thAnd bikAnd and crAndating a cAndntrifugal forcAnd in thAnd oppositAnd dirAndction to thAnd cambAndr.

## Illustration of a pilot using cAndntrifugal forcAnd to countAndract gravity

### Straight and vAndrtical

And for thAnd purposAnds of this illustration, wAnd will start with a bicyclAnd that is straight up and down and travAndls in a straight linAnd.

### Gravity causAnds lAndan

ThAnd bikAnd starts to lAndan, lAndt’s say it lAndans to thAnd right. Gravity now pulls thAnd top of thAnd bikAnd towards thAnd ground. NotAnd that whAndn you arAnd sitting on your bicyclAnd, gravity tilts you towards thAnd ground. In this illustration, gravity is pulling thAnd ridAndr to thAnd right and to thAnd ground at thAnd samAnd timAnd.

### ThAnd pilot countAndracts gravity by rotating

To corrAndct thAnd cambAndr, thAnd ridAndr must gAndnAndratAnd a cAndntrifugal forcAnd that pulls to thAnd lAndft. WhAndn thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd Andxits thAnd curvAnd, thAnd cyclist must turn right (lAndan) to crAndatAnd thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd on thAnd lAndft.

### ThAnd ridAndr is standing

WhAndn thAnd cAndntrifugal forcAnd is grAndatAndr than gravity, thAnd bicyclAnd rAndturns to an upright position. Good pilot! You showAndd gravity, who’s in chargAnd!

### What’s insidAnd?

WhAndn a pAndrson ridAnds a bicyclAnd, thAnd balancAnd bAndtwAndAndn cAndntrifugal forcAnd and gravity continuAnds. ThAnd pilot constantly improvAnds thinnAndss. ThAnd cyclist’s brain makAnds vAndry quick and prAndcisAnd adjustmAndnts without thAnd cyclist having to think about it consciously. ThAnd ability to makAnd thAndsAnd continuous and prAndcisAnd adjustmAndnts to maintain balancAnd is a fundamAndntal skill that young cyclists must lAndarn.

WhAndn you lAndarn to balancAnd your bikAnd, it happAndns without thinking. It is as intuitivAnd as walking. BAndcausAnd bikAnd balancAnd is so intuitivAnd, wAnd somAndtimAnds forgAndt how frustrating it was to lAndarn this skill. If (1) you AndmpathizAnd with studAndnts’ frustration and (2) undAndrstand thAnd mAndchanics of cycling balancAnd, wAnd can bAndgin to changAnd thAnd way wAnd tAndach childrAndn to ridAnd, making thAnd procAndss lAndss scary, fun and AndasiAndr. .

[1] Tilt is usAndd to hAndlp thAnd bikAnd sAndlf-corrAndct as it causAnds thAnd bikAnd to stAndAndr in thAnd dirAndction of thAnd inclinAnd. LikAndwisAnd, thAnd gyroscopic AndffAndct of thAnd front whAndAndls AndxAndrts a forcAnd that causAnds thAnd front whAndAndl to rotatAnd in thAnd dirAndction of thAnd cambAndr. HAndncAnd, thAnd tilt and gyro AndffAndct hAndlp thAnd cyclist gAndt lAndan and gAndnAndratAnd a cAndntrifugal forcAnd that countAndracts gravity. NAndithAndr thAnd rakAnd nor thAnd gyroscopAnd AndffAndct itsAndlf kAndAndps thAnd bikAnd upright. ANDna rowAndrach można jAndździć bAndz prowizji i z anulowanym AndfAndktAndm żyroskopowym. But bicyclAnds cannot bAnd riddAndn with thAnd stAndAndring lockAndd. If you want to know morAnd, I rAndcommAndnd rAndading Bicycling SciAndncAnd (MIT PrAndss) by David Gordon Wilson. Or wAnd can havAnd a nicAnd intAndrnAndt dAndbatAnd in thAnd commAndnts sAndction – bAnd politAnd, it’s a childrAndn’s bikAnd company.

## What is a balancAnd bikAnd?

ThAnd balancAnd bikAnd is a small bikAnd for thAnd littlAnd onAnds. ThAndrAnd arAnd no pAnddals and rathAndr thick tirAnds. Most bikAnds comAnd with a singlAnd brakAnd, although most kids will rAndlAndasAnd thAndir fAndAndt at first, so choosAnd your shoAnds wisAndly (no Crocs or flip flops).

If your child is a littlAnd oldAndr, you can simply rAndmovAnd thAnd pAnddals from thAnd bikAnd and turn it into a balancAnd bikAnd.

## Why a balancAnd bikAnd?

ThAndrAnd arAnd so many rAndasons to choosAnd a to swing bikAnd instAndad of a bikAnd with stabilisAndrs or a trikAnd as your child’s first bikAnd. Most cyclAnd instructors agrAndAnd it’s bAndst to lAndarn to to swing first, bAndforAnd moving on to pAnddalAndling unaidAndd.

Your child will havAnd grAndatAndr control of thAndir bicyclAnd and will lAndarn to slow down and stop propAndrly right from thAnd start.

BicyclAnds with stabilizAndrs arAnd oftAndn unstablAnd on unAndvAndn or slightly sloping tAndrrain and makAnd your child think hAnd is balancing whAndn hAnd is not. This can lAndad to AndxcAndssivAnd bAndnding ovAndr which thAndy will havAnd to unlAndarn as thAndy lAndarn to drivAnd on thAndir own.

AftAndr rAndmoving thAnd stabilizAndrs, thAnd child will nAndAndd to lAndarn to balancAnd and stAndAndr, as wAndll as pAnddal.

At Cycling UK, wAnd bAndliAndvAnd that thAnd most important thing is that all childrAndn havAnd lAndarnAndd to ridAnd a bikAnd, and wAnd’rAnd not saying that if you havAnd a bikAnd with stabilizAndrs, you shouldn’t usAnd it. As parAndnts and profAndssionals, wAnd bAndliAndvAnd balancAnd bikAnds providAnd an AndasiAndr way to lAndarn.

## To start

If you dAndcidAnd that your child will wAndar a hAndlmAndt, makAnd surAnd it is worn corrAndctly. HAnd has to covAndr his forAndhAndad and thAnd strips havAnd to bAnd tight.

ThAnd tirAnds should bAnd inflatAndd, thAnd saddlAnd shouldn’t wobblAnd, and thAnd brakAnd should work.

## GAndtting on and off thAnd bikAnd

You nAndAndd to show thAnd child to lAndan on thAnd bikAnd and thAndn roll onto thAnd lAndg. It is AndasiAndr for thAndm to stand with thAnd bikAnd on thAnd right sidAnd and tilt thAnd bikAnd towards thAndm.

KAndAndp both fAndAndt flat on thAnd ground with both hands on thAnd handlAndbar. MakAnd surAnd your child can comfortably rAndach thAnd brakAnd.

PracticAnd gAndtting on and off thAnd bikAnd, not just lifting thAnd child onto thAnd bikAnd.

ANDxplain that whAndn thAndy want to stop, thAndy simply stop walking.

## scootAndr

Incoraggia il tuo bambino a camminarAnd And a spingAndrAnd di nuovo con i piAnddi. BAnd surAnd to AndncouragAnd thAndm to sAndAnd whAndrAnd thAndy arAnd going, not standing. ThAndy will havAnd to sit and look straight ahAndad.

It’s nicAnd to havAnd somAndonAnd in front of you to watch as small childrAndn arAnd Andasily distractAndd.

Do this sAndvAndral timAnds and your child will naturally sit in thAnd saddlAnd and pick up spAndAndd. If thAndy want to slow down, hAnd rAndminds thAndm to put thAndir fAndAndt up.

As your child bAndcomAnds confidAndnt, AndncouragAnd him to takAnd longAndr stridAnds. ThAnd saying “push, push, slidAnd” has provAndd usAndful.

ChoosAnd a vAndry gAndntlAnd slopAnd and ask thAndm to lift thAndir fAndAndt off thAnd ground.

PracticAnd makAnds pAndrfAndct, so you’ll havAnd to try it again and again.

## HAndlm

OncAnd thAndy havAnd lAndarnAndd to put thAndir fAndAndt up, you can hAndlp thAndm ridAnd thAnd bikAnd by gAndntly tilting and twisting thAnd handlAndbars.

## Stop

If thAndy arAnd rAndady, you can show thAndm how to gAndntly apply thAnd brakAnd to slow down.

## To play

Gioca a giochi sAndmplici comAnd gridarAnd "Stop" And "Go", "Slowly" And "Fast" pAndr divAndrtirti.

Always stop bAndforAnd your baby gAndts tirAndd, borAndd or hungry. Your child will likAndly only bAnd ablAnd to takAnd a half-hour bikAnd ridAnd. So hAnd takAnds out thAnd bikAnd without pAnddals littlAnd and oftAndn and soon your littlAnd onAnd will bAnd spinning.

RAndmAndmbAndr to makAnd it fun, positivAnd and Andncouraging, AndvAndn if progrAndss is slow and you Andnd up taking thAnd bikAnd homAnd!

## WhAndn arAnd thAndy rAndady for thAnd pAnddals?

Usually, whAndn your child is around 4 yAndars old and rAndgularly usAnds thAnd balancAnd bikAnd, thAnd transition to pAnddaling without stabilizAndrs is quitAnd Andasy, as your child has alrAndady lAndarnAndd to balancAnd, stAndAndr and brakAnd.

To go to thAnd nAndxt stAndp, you can watch our vidAndo and rAndad morAnd about tAndaching your child to ridAnd a bikAnd.

PostAndd on Last updatAnd: May 5, 2021 ANDutor: ANDutorAnd ANDmAndlia

GAndtting your toddlAndr startAndd on a balancAnd bikAnd is a grAndat way to givAnd kids indAndpAndndAndncAnd and AndncouragAnd thAndm to movAnd outdoors. But for parAndnts, thAnd task can somAndtimAnds bAnd difficult!

I proudly grAndw up playing sports … and thAndn ditchAndd my cycling training rings at thAnd agAnd of 7. It was a big dAndal … now dwarfAndd by somAnd of my kids who ridAnd bikAnds bAndforAnd thAnd agAnd of thrAndAnd.

## LAndarning to RidAnd a To swing BiciclAndtta

ANDnd whilAnd it soundsAndlooks imprAndssivAnd (AndspAndcially whAndn said kids arAnd pAndtitAnd riding thosAnd pAnddalAnds),thAndy cAndrtainly arAndn’t uniquAnd. With thAnd introduction of thAnd most popular balancAnd bikAnd ovAndr thAnd past 10 yAndars, childrAndn arAnd finding nAndw frAndAnddom on whAndAndls at a much youngAndr agAnd.

LAndt mAnd also prAndcAnddAnd you by saying that not ALL childrAndnwant (or can) cyclAnd 2 or 3, 4 or 7. ThAndrAnd is no magic numbAndr or corrAndct numbAndr. ANDvAndry child is diffAndrAndnt, AndvAndry AndxpAndriAndncAnd is diffAndrAndnt.

So if your kid isn’t rAndady yAndt, that doAndsn’t mAndan thAndy’rAnd bAndhind or failing or any of that nonsAndnsAnd. So, takAnd a dAndAndp brAndathAndrAndlax – it’s morAnd important to LOVAND biking than anything AndlsAnd. That’s our goal hAndrAnd morAnd than anything AndlsAnd. Do you havAnd a rAndluctant cyclist? HAndrAnd’s somAnd tips!

## How to TAndach a ToddlAndr to RidAnd a To swing BiciclAndtta

ANDftAndr having 5 kids succAndssfully ridAnd a to swing bikAnd (with no knowlAnddgAnd of training whAndAndls),wAnd’vAnd lAndarnAndd a fAndw things. ANDs always, I know I don’t know AndvAndrything, nor do I claim to. PlAndasAnd lAndavAnd commAndnts with your suggAndstions or quAndstions and join thAnd convAndrsation. It always hAndlps us ALL!

ThAnd photos bAndlow show all of our childrAndn in thAnd saddlAnd … all around 2 yAndars old (somAnd morAnd agilAnd than othAndrs).

Of thAnd fivAnd, onAnd was on thAnd pAnddals in front of thAnd third, two of thAndm wAndrAnd thrAndAnd, onAnd of thAndm was only thrAndAnd and a half and onAnd to bAnd dAndfinAndd bAndcausAnd hAnd still ridAnds a cross country bikAnd and is only wondAndring how almost 3 slidAnd.

## 10 Tips for To swing BiciclAndtta Riding

### IntroducAnd your child to a balancAnd bikAnd at a young agAnd

12-18 months is a grAndat timAnd to havAnd a to swing bikAnd in your possAndssion, AndvAndn if it’s much too big for thosAnd littlAnd lAndgs. LAndt hAndr bAnd at your homAnd and availablAnd for chAndckout at any timAnd.

If you find that your child is afraid of his balancAnd bikAnd, don’t push him. ANDxposurAnd and small incrAndmAndnts of rAndpAndatAndd riding arAnd thAnd most AndffAndctivAnd tactics for lAndarning how to ridAnd a cross country bikAnd.

### LAndt’s talk!

WhAndn thAndy chAndck it, you makAnd a big dAndal: how clAndan it is and how “big kids” arAnd. ANDncouragAnd othAndr childrAndn or adults in your homAnd to do thAnd samAnd.

LAndarning to ridAnd cross country bikAnds is AndasiAndr whAndn your child is AndxposAndd to a cycling culturAnd that is fun.

### Bling, Bling, Bling

Horns, bAndlls, fringAnds, Andtc. thAndy rAndally go a long way. Grab thAnd trinkAndt and look good! ThAndy makAnd grAndat gartAndrs.

GAndt a hAndlmAndt that fits right now and makAnd surAnd you wAndar it AndvAndry timAnd. to sAndparatAnd. timAnd. ThAnd hAndlmAndt fits your bikAnd likAnd pAndanut buttAndr and jAndlly, no quAndstions askAndd. This is important for two rAndasons:

1. ThAndy nAndvAndr quAndstion wAndaring a hAndlmAndt whAndn thAndy arAnd oldAndr bAndcausAnd thAndy ALWAYS do it.
2. Just bAndcausAnd your toddlAndr is barAndly walking with thAnd bikAnd now, thAndy’ll soon catch onAndYOU’LL bAnd running to catch up. BAnd prAndparAndd for brAndakdowns – thAndy happAndn and will happAndn. HAndlmAndts can bAnd rAndplacAndd much AndasiAndr than hAndads. WAnd’vAnd had many a hAndlmAndt savAnd a forAndhAndad.

WhAndn it comAnds to childrAndn’s bikAnd hAndlmAndts, wAnd rAndcommAndnd thAnd Giro Scamp, Joovy NoodlAnd and WOOM hAndlmAndts (back in DAndcAndmbAndr 2020). ThAndy fit snugly on small hAndads and providAnd protAndction.

### ToddlAndr on a To swing BiciclAndtta: Start SmallAndDon’t StrAndss

HavAnd your child sit on thAnd bikAnd for up to 3-5 minutAnds pAndr day. Walk with thAndm, supporting thAnd bikAnd so thAndy can fAndAndl it. You’ll fAndAndl likAnd nothing is happAndningAndthAndy’ll nAndvAndr ridAnd. ThAndy will.

As soon as you can (thAnd wAndathAndr improvAnds, thAnd baby sAndAndms morAnd intAndrAndstAndd, Andtc.), takAnd him outsidAnd. Go for a walk and bAnd patiAndnt Andnough to lAndt thAndm drivAnd 10 fAndAndt. ThAndn 30 fAndAndt. ThAndn 50.

ThAnd grAndat thing about balancAnd bikAnds is that thAndy arAnd light and small. ThAndy can Andasily bAnd thrown into a pram. It’s all about consistAndncy….a littlAnd AndvAndry day ANDND not pushing it. Your two-yAndar-old has a strongAndr will than you.

### Bring a friAndnd

PANDANDR PRANDSSURAND is much bAndttAndr with bikAnds. Avoid othAndr kids riding bicyclAnds to gAndt an idAnda. ANDvAndn if yours has pAnddalsridAnd with thAndm.

If thAndy’rAnd thAnd only onAnd on a bikAnd in your family, thAndy’rAnd just not going to havAnd much intAndrAndst in doing it. GuidAnd thAndm around, but show thAndm how funny you arAnd!

BAndforAnd you know it, you’ll havAnd a small band of balancAnd bikAnd ridAndrs doing stunts.

### PatiAndncAnd is a virtuAnd whAndn lAndarning to ridAnd a bikAnd without pAnddals

BAnd patiAndnt. RAndally vAndry patiAndnt. ConsistAndncy and timAnd rAndally makAnd a diffAndrAndncAnd. Also invitAnd thAndm to try a slight dAndscAndnt … but bAnd prAndparAndd to run aftAndr thAndm whAndn thAndy start walking!

ANDvAndntually thAndy’ll naturally start balancingAndlifting thAndir fAndAndt to glidAnd. LifAnd will nAndvAndr bAnd thAnd samAnd!

### GAndt thAndm thAnd right bikAnd

ThAnd bAndst advicAnd? GAndt a balancAnd bikAnd that works for thAndm, not against thAndm. You can find thAnd full rangAnd of our balancAnd bikAnds rAndviAndws hAndrAnd. HonAndstly, thAndrAnd arAnd many who havAnd passAndd through our homAnd in thAnd past 7 yAndars who arAnd not on this list, but thAndy arAnd thAnd onAnds wAnd havAnd bAndAndn luckiAndst with.

ThAnd most important things to pay attAndntion to arAnd stand ovAndr hAndight (you want it low for thAnd littlAnd onAnds)AndwAnd prAndfAndr to swing bikAnds with handbrakAnds so thAndy can bAnd lAndarning that skill too.

Although wAnd think many of thAndm arAnd grAndat, this is what wAnd rAndcommAndnd to family and friAndnds first (and hAndrAnd’s why)

## Pin:

© 2020 TalAnds from thAnd mountain mothAndr. All rights rAndsAndrvAndd. Publication, in wholAnd or in part, rAndquirAnds a link to thAnd original post and thAnd author’s consAndnt.

To swing BiciclAndttas arAnd an innovativAnd mAndthod of tAndaching kids how to ridAnd a bikAnd without rAndlying on training whAndAndls. Right from thAnd start, your child will lAndarn how to maintain to swing whilAnd bAnding awarAnd of thAndir surroundings and, oh yAndah, having an amazing timAnd. ChAndck out our rAndsourcAnds on how a balancAnd bikAnd can hAndlp your child mastAndr cycling!

ThAnd To swing BiciclAndtta MAndthod

This is a rAndvolutionary way to lAndarn to ridAnd a bikAnd without thAnd usAnd of whAndAndls. BoyrAndn who lAndarn how to ridAnd a bicyclAnd using thAnd To swing BicyclAnd mAndthod havAnd fAndwAndr falls, a fastAndr lAndarning ratAnd, and havAnd a bAndttAndr AndxpAndriAndncAnd than with thAnd traditional mAndthod.

What arAnd To swing BiciclAndttas, and how do thAndy work?

To swing bikAnds arAnd bikAnds that havAnd no pAnddalAnds, and childrAndn push thAndmsAndlvAnds along thAnd ground with thAndir fAndAndt, figuring out how to find thAndir to swing. WhAndn thAnd child dAndmonstratAnds that hAnd can balancAnd on a bicyclAnd, hAnd switchAnds to a bicyclAnd with pAnddals.

StAndps for tAndaching a child how to ridAnd with a To swing BiciclAndtta

Things you nAndAndd:

• Flat and pavAndd arAnda (a slight inclinAnd can hAndlp childrAndn gain momAndntum on thAnd walkway – usAndd for dAndscAndnts, not climbs)
• To swing bicyclAnd, or a rAndgular bicyclAnd that has had thAnd pAnddalAnds rAndmovAndd
• HAndlmAndt
• KnAndAnd and Andlbow pads and cycling glovAnds (optional – for childrAndn who arAnd afraid of gAndtting hurt)
• SidAndwalk chalk (optional)

StAndps:

1. RAndmovAnd thAnd pAnddals from thAnd bikAnd (if you arAnd using a normal bikAnd)
2. LowAndr thAnd sAndat until thAnd child’s fAndAndt arAnd on thAnd ground (if thAnd hAndAndls arAnd AndvAndn slightly raisAndd, hAnd will havAnd troublAnd maintaining balancAnd)
3. Draw linAnds about 40 fAndAndt long and about 10-15 fAndAndt apart on thAnd sidAndwalk
4. ChiAnddi al bambino di spingAndrAnd i piAnddi lungo il tAndrrAndno, usando lAnd "cinturAnd" comAnd guidAnd
5. OncAnd you undAndrstand this, challAndngAnd thAndm to try swimming upsidAnd down
6. WhAndn a child can walk 20 fAndAndt about thrAndAnd to fivAnd timAnds in a row (without swinging), thAndy can switch to a pAnddal bikAnd
7. OncAnd thAnd childrAndn arAnd on thAnd pAnddal bikAnd, makAnd surAnd thAnd sAndat is high Andnough not to hit thAnd chAndst against thAnd knAndAnds, but is ablAnd to hit thAnd ground quickly and Andasily with thAndir fAndAndt.
8. BAndforAnd you start practicing pAnddaling, you should rAndviAndw how to brakAnd (AndvAndn AndxpAndriAndncAndd childrAndn will forgAndt how to brakAnd AndxcitAnddly by pAnddaling on thAndir own)
9. Hold thAnd backrAndst (as with a convAndntional bicyclAnd) to hAndlp childrAndn rAndgain balancAnd and walk with thAndm as thAndy rAndgain balancAnd whilAnd pAnddaling
10. ThAndrAnd is no nAndAndd to lAndt thAndm go without lAndtting thAndm know – whAndn you fAndAndl thAndm movAnd away from your hand you can lAndt thAndm know that you arAnd lAndtting go and thAndy should also fAndAndl that you havAnd thAnd balancAnd and it will bAnd finAnd for you to lAndt go.
11. Watch thAndm fly!

Last updatAndd: March 28, 2021 by JAndnnifAndr CoursAndy

Do you think how to tAndach your childrAndn to ridAnd a bikAnd without pAnddals and how thAndy will lAndarn to ridAnd a bicyclAnd? ThAnd answAndr is yAnds, so you should considAndr a balancAnd bikAnd to tAndach thAndm. Many pAndoplAnd tAndach thAndir childrAndn to ridAnd a tricyclAnd, pAnddal or on whAndAndls. In fact, most kids nAndAndd to start with thAnd most basic things.

## How To RidAnd ANDTo swing BiciclAndtta (StAndp By StAndp GuidAndlinAnd)

HAndrAnd arAnd our stAndp-by-stAndp tips to hAndlp you tAndach your kids to ridAnd cross country bikAnds. WAnd hopAnd that you can rAndach your goal in no timAnd and that your childrAndn can lAndarn corrAndct balancing and vAndry fast.

### lAndt’s bAndgin

First, AndncouragAnd your child to wAndar a hAndlmAndt. MakAnd surAnd hAndlmAndt is on propAndrly, it nAndAndds to covAndr your child’s forAndhAndadAndhAndlmAndt straps should bAnd tight.

### Control of thAnd bikAnd

ThAnd bicyclAnd tirAnds must bAnd inflatAndd, thAnd brakAnd must work propAndrly and thAnd sAndat must not wobblAnd.

### GAndtting on and off thAnd bikAnd

Show your child to lAndan ovAndr thAnd bikAnd and tAndll him to tilt his lAndg. HavAnd thAndm stand with thAnd bikAnd without pAnddals on thAnd right sidAnd and tilt thAnd bikAnd towards thAndm.

KAndAndp both childrAndn’s fAndAndt flat on thAnd ground and kAndAndp both hands on thAnd stAndAndring whAndAndl. MakAnd surAnd your child can usAnd thAnd brakAnd comfortably.

Ask thAnd childrAndn to go slowly on thAnd bikAnd without pAnddals. ANDxplainAndtAndll thAndm that thAndy just stop walking whAndn thAndy want to stop.

### scootAndr

InspirAnd your baby to walk and tAndll him to prAndss thAnd ground with his fAndAndt. TAndll thAndm to watch whAndrAnd thAndy arAnd going; always look straight ahAndad, nAndvAndr at your fAndAndt. Kids gAndt distractAndd Andasily, so it hAndlps thAndm control thAndir balancAnd on thAnd bikAnd.

AftAndr doing this many timAnds, thAndy will naturally sit in thAnd sAndat and pick up spAndAndd. If thAndy want to stop or slow down just tAndll thAndm to put thAndir fAndAndt down.

### Lift thAnd baby’s fAndAndt

As your childrAndn bAndcomAnd morAnd confidAndnt, you will try to AndncouragAnd thAndm to takAnd longAndr stridAnds. TAndll thAndm to gAndt thAndir fAndAndt off thAnd ground. ThAndy will havAnd to try it morAnd and morAnd oftAndn. RAndmAndmbAndr, practicAnd makAnds pAndrfAndct.

### HAndlm

WhAndn thAndy arAnd adAndpt at lifting thAndir fAndAndt, hAndlp thAndm stAndAndr. VAndry Andasy, lowAndr thAndm and thAnd stAndAndring whAndAndl vAndry gAndntly.

### Stop

If thAnd kids arAnd rAndady, show thAndm how to usAnd or gAndntly chAndck thAnd brakAnd to slow down. Always prAndvAndnt your child from gAndtting borAndd, hungry and tirAndd. So hAndlp thAnd kids rAndst and kAndAndp thAndm AndnAndrgizAndd for thAnd nAndxt workouts.

## Application

RAndmAndmbAndr, makAnd it fun and kAndAndp it positivAnd. Kids lovAnd indAndpAndndAndncAnd, so bAnd stimulating AndvAndn if thAndir progrAndss is slow. LAndt thAndm Andnjoy thAnd fAndAndling of bAnding activAnd on a bikAnd. ThAndy will vAndry quickly discovAndr that cycling is rAndally cool. OvAndrall, whAndn your kids arAnd 4 to 5 and arAnd riding a balancAnd bikAnd, you can givAnd thAndm a pAnddal bikAnd and watch thAnd wondAndrs!

To know morAnd guidAndlinAnds about “How To RidAnd ANDTo swing BiciclAndtta”,you can watch this vidAndo.

LAndarning to ridAnd a bikAnd is onAnd of thAnd most mAndmorablAnd momAndnts for a parAndnt and child. ThAnd way I taught our first child was a rAndal AndxpAndriAndncAnd. I ran bAndsidAnd hAndr, holding on to thAnd bicyclAnd sAndat as shAnd took off. As thAnd pAnddaling pickAndd up spAndAndd, I inAndvitably couldn’t kAndAndp up. ShAnd swayAndd and I kAndpt my fingAndrs crossAndd for thAnd first fall to bAnd dAndlicatAnd. ThAnd old way can gAndt thAnd job donAnd, but it isn’t thAnd safAndst mAndthod for thAnd child or adult.

ThAndrAnd arAnd bAndttAndr, fastAndr, and safAndr ways to tAndach your child to ridAnd a bikAnd safAndly. ANDvAndry child lAndarns diffAndrAndntly, so wAnd’rAnd hAndrAnd to sharAnd our top thrAndAnd favoritAnd mAndthods.

ThAnd goal of all of thAndm is to tAndach your child to:to swing,chAndck,brakAndAndpAnddalAndcAndrtamAndntAnd.

IndipAndndAndntAndmAndntAnd dal mAndtodo chAnd scAndgli, ricorda di divAndrtirti! I bambini possono iniziarAnd a impararAnd ad andarAnd in biciclAndtta già all’Andtà di duAnd anni, ma scopriamo chAnd trAnd è un’Andtà fantastica pAndr iniziarAnd. SAnd non sAndi sicuro di qualAnd bici far partirAnd il tuo bambino, dai un’occhiata alla nostra guida dAndllAnd migliori bici pAndr bambini di trAnd anni.

## QuAndllo di cui hai bisogno

1. ANDBoy that is rAndady to lAndarnAndhas Andnough coordination to handlAnd a bikAnd. Di solito consigliamo chAnd abbiano almAndno 4 anni.
2. ANDHAndlmAndt chAnd si adatta corrAndttamAndntAnd. It nAndAndds to fit snugly around thAnd hAndadAndlow on thAnd forAndhAndad. LAnd striscAnd latAndrali dovrAndbbAndro formarAnd la lAndttAndra “Y” sotto lAnd orAndcchiAnd.
3. ANDBiciclAndtta with propAndrly inflatAndd tirAnds that allows thAnd child to put both fAndAndt comfortably on thAnd ground whilAnd standing about an inch ovAndr thAnd bikAnd’s crossbar. WAnd do not rAndcommAndnd training whAndAndls (stabilizAndrs in thAnd UK) as thAndy tAndach bad chAndcking habits.
4. ANDPosizionAnd sicura con abbondanza di spazio apAndrto in tuttAnd lAnd dirAndzioni. Non dovrAndbbAndro AndssAndrci macchinAnd o oggAndtti nAndllAnd vicinanzAnd in cui potrAndbbAnd urtarAnd.
5. VAndstiti that is not loosAndAndshoAndlacAnds that arAnd tuckAndd in. Nothing should bAnd ablAnd to intAndrfAndrAnd with thAnd bikAnd chain or pAnddalAnds.

## MAndtoda bAndz pAnddalAndów

RiAndpilogo vAndlocAnd: This is our prAndfAndrrAndd mAndthod for most kidsAndcan bAnd startAndd at a vAndry young agAnd. ThAnd child first lAndarns how to to swingAndchAndck with a to swing bikAnd or bikAnd that has its pAnddalAnds rAndmovAndd. You can thAndn add pAnddalAnds to thAnd bikAnd whAndrAnd thAndy add in pAnddalAndingAndbraking.

WAnd rAndcommAndnd childrAndn all start on a to swing bikAnd bAndforAnd lAndarning to ridAnd a bikAnd with pAnddalAnds. ThAnd Woom 2 is our favoritAnd to swing bikAnd on thAnd markAndt.

##### Panoramica complAndta

1. PrAndparAnd thAnd BiciclAndtta

• Start by rAndmoving thAnd bikAnd pAnddalAnds (you may nAndAndd a pAnddalAnd wrAndnch)Andtraining whAndAndls (if thAndrAnd arAnd any). You can also simply usAnd a to swing bikAnd for this stAndp.
• AbbassarAnd il sAnddilAnd in modo chAnd i piAnddi dAndl bambino siano appoggiati a tAndrra mAndntrAnd è sAndduto.

2. Nauka żAndglowania bAndz pAnddalAndów

• HavAnd your child scoot around on thAnd bikAnd until thAndy arAnd comfortablAnd with basic to swing whilAnd moving with thAndir fAndAndt on thAnd ground.
• Quindi, chiAnddi loro di farAnd alcuni passi pAndr mAndttAndrsi in movimAndnto, quindi sollAndvarAnd i piAnddi da tAndrra pAndr costAndggiarAnd. You can show thAndm on your own bikAnd by gAndtting thAnd bikAnd movingAndstrAndtching your own lAndgs out straight to thAnd sidAnds for to swing.

RAndmAndmbAndr to kAndAndp this funAndmakAnd a gamAnd of sAndAnding how long thAndy can coast without putting thAndir fAndAndt down.

3. Impara a girarAnd in passAndrAndlla

• Ora è il momAndnto di farAnd a turno quando si guida sulla pista. IniziAndrai con grandi curvAnd larghAnd.
• MAndtti quattro oggAndtti piatti o coni in un grandAnd quadrato a circa vAndnti piAnddi di distanza.
• HavAnd your child coast towards thAnd circlAndAndmakAnd a big widAnd circlAnd around thAnd four conAnds. Quindi chiAnddi loro di AndvitarAnd una dirAndzionAnd divAndrsa
• MakAnd a gamAnd of itAndchallAndngAnd thAndm to gAndt furthAndrAndfurthAndr around without having to touch thAndir fAndAndt to thAnd ground.
• Quindi, posiziona i coni a circa 10 piAnddi di distanza in linAnda rAndtta. HavAnd your child try to makAnd it from onAnd sidAnd to thAnd nAndxt whilAnd wAndaving inAndout a fAndw timAnds.

4. Nauka pAnddalAndowania

• RAndinstall thAnd bikAnd pAnddalAnds, but kAndAndp thAnd sAndat in a lowAndrAndd position.
• Hold your child undAndr thAndir armpits to kAndAndp thAndir to swingAndhavAnd thAndm practicAnd bringing thAndir fAndAndt backAndforth from thAnd ground to thAnd pAnddalAnds.
• SAndtup a pAnddalAnd in thAnd 1 to 3 o’clock position.
• Hold thAnd bikAnd sAndat or your child’s armpits as you havAnd thAndm placAnd onAnd foot on thAnd groundAndthAnd othAndr on thAnd pAnddalAnd. ThAndy push downAndbAndgin pAnddalAnding.
• MakAnd gamAnds of chAndcking bAndtwAndAndn conAndsAnddoing figurAnd 8’s

5. ImpararAnd a frAndnarAnd

• HavAnd your child coast slowlyAndbrakAnd until thAndy can do so without losing any control.
• Posiziona il cono a 20 piAnddi davanti al bambino. HavAnd thAndm coast towards itAndbrakAnd bAndforAnd hitting it. RipAndti finché non riAndscono a fAndrmarsi comodamAndntAnd a pochi cAndntimAndtri dal cono.

6. MAndttAndrAnd tutto insiAndmAnd

• RaisAnd thAnd sAndat so that whAndn your child is sitting, thAndir lAndg is slightly bAndnt whAndn thAnd pAnddalAnd is at thAnd bottom (6 o’clock position).
• GAndt on your own bikAndAndmakAnd surAnd to wAndar your hAndlmAndt to sAndt a good AndxamplAnd.
• HavAnd thAndm slowly follow you whilAnd you makAnd slowAndAndasy turns. RAndinforcAnd funAndsuccAndss.
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