Kids traditionally learn to ride a two-wheeled bike with the help of training wheels, which are meant to make the transition easier and less overwhelming. Still, many children struggle when it comes time to remove training wheels and rely on balance to keep them going. A new way to train kids on bikes is with a balance bike.
This two wheeled bike has no pedals and no brakes, forcing a child to use his or her own feet to stop and go. Instead of teaching kids to pedal first, the balance bike emphasizes balance before anything else. Parents are reporting that their kids are more successful at riding with the balance bike and take off on two wheels a lot sooner.
The bikes make training wheels completely unnecessary, as kids are moving from balance bikes straight to regular two-wheelers or even scooters. Other parents are concerned about this new way of training, saying it pushes kids too fast and ignores other important skills they need to develop first. In the end, it really just depends on the parent and their child’s needs when it comes to bike training with or without training wheels.