At What Age Did Your Child Learn to Ride a Bike?

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 24, 2012

A few days ago I went to Toys R Us and bought Landon his first new, shiny, big boy bike.

It had to be put together, so Don and Landon picked it up yesterday while I was at a David Meister fashion show here in Westchester.

Before buying this bike, I had bought a used one for $10 at Once Upon a Child, but it was kind of too little and we never pumped up the tires enough. It was just lying around.

When I saw an ad that Toys R Us was giving a $20 credit for trading in a used bike, I made a point to trade in that old, rusty bike. I’m not really in a rush, but I figure it’s time that L learns to ride a bike.

I didn’t learn to ride a  bike until I was 7 years old in Germany because my parents didn’t think kids younger than that could react fast enough if they had to stop very fast if a car didn’t see them or that they could really understand the traffic rules.

Most Germans ride a bike for small distances instead of take a car, and there are bike paths next to most streets. So you end up riding a bike much more than the average American. I rode mine to school and to friends and into town for about eight years, until I got my first car when I was 19.

I bought L this bike because it’s silver and has a shark on the frame — he’s fascinated with sharks. He loves them almost as much as killer whales and dolphin.

When I came home from the fashion show, he proudly showed me how well he can ride it.

The saddle wasn’t the right height yet, but Don fixed that today. I bet L will be cruising around the house in no time without the training wheels.

Just in time for buying the next size, because I bought this one so he would be able to put both his feet down while learning to ride it.

At what age did your children learn to ride a bike? And how often do they actually ride it?


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Erinn S March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

My 3 year old has his first bike and he is a bit discouraged, so he doesn’t ride much. I am going to wait a summer or two to reintroduce biking with him.


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