Trouble Learning to Bike

My three-year-old has been learning to bike with training wheels and we’re having a lot of trouble teaching her how to pedal. She can brake and steer just fine but we still have to push her 100% of the time because she just can’t pedal by herself. She gets the motion for some of it, but there comes a point while pushing the pedals down where she just stops and doesn’t get how to keep pedaling. Any advice on how to help her with this?

  • Caitlin
    Jun 23, 2018

    Well she doesn’t have to balance because of the training wheels. And it’s not wobbly at all, she’s completely comfortable with that and hasn’t had to struggle with balancing at all.

  • Lisa
    Jun 23, 2018

    We taught him to pedal by putting his feet on the pedals and pushing, then we would let him coast for a bit and try to keep going... took some time but he got it

  • Caitlin
    Jun 23, 2018

    Thank you!

  • Jennie
    Jun 23, 2018

    Definitely agree on the balance bike. They learn to cruise and balance, then when they go to pedals it's second nature

  • Superdad
    Jun 23, 2018

    Get rid of the bike and get her a Balance Bike! When she learns to balance and push herself along, reintroduce the bike without the training wheels. I hope this helps!

  • Caitlin
    Jun 23, 2018

    I wish a balance bike was an option, but we just can’t afford to switch her bike out. Thank y’all for the advice!!

  • Vicki
    Jun 23, 2018

    Can you take the pedals and training wheels off the bike she has and let her use it as a balance bike?

  • Superdad
    Jun 23, 2018

    You can take the pedals and training wheels off and try it that way.

  • Liza M.
    Jun 24, 2018

    I got a balance bike at Marshalls for $30! Not sure if they have them still but it was a total steal.

  • Serena
    Jun 24, 2018

    Our son learned using a balance bike as well. I’ve seen many on local FB yard sales and in our local consignment for $10.00 or less

  • Rick
    Jun 24, 2018

    Tricycle to learn pedaling and balance bike to learn balance. My daughter never used training wheels.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jun 24, 2018

    My two year old is starting to get it, and what I’ve used is the explanation that you only push the high pedal forward and when they switch, you push the other one only because now it’s high. That seemed to click for him. Try that phrasing too!

  • Elle
    Jun 24, 2018

    Stationary bike - take her with you to your gym and let her watch you do it!

  • Tracy
    Jun 24, 2018

    i second (third? fourth?) a balance bike. there's all sorts of ways to encourage pedaling, but i truly think some kids are biking superstars from the get-go, and others need time and (lots) of practice (and all sorts of in-betweens) there's a slew of lovely, affordable balance bikes that i find offer this sort of middle-ground for balance, confidence, etc. pedaling is hard! and three year olds are well, three. we got our first balance bike from a local consignment shop for $15 (a beaut too, wooden german brand that would have been gasp-worthy prices if bought brand new..) i cried when that sucker was rode into the ground and done. my two and a half year old just got another bike we love, i can link if you want!

  • Coral
    Jun 25, 2018

    Have you made sure that there is enough air in the tires? My kiddo can’t pedal as easily when her tires start to lose air.

  • Kristi
    Jun 26, 2018

    Caitlin if in the area I have a used balance bike you can have to try with her.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 27, 2018

    I refuse to buy my kids bikes with training wheels! We have two balance bikes (FirstBike, Strider) and one rickety old tricycle. When they are ready, they just jump on a regular pedal bike (we have a Woom) and off they go!

  • Danny
    Jul 02, 2018

    Just be patient, keep encouraging her, and show her the motion so she can practice it, as time goes by she will get it. Continue to take her out to practice she will get there.

  • CheHae
    Aug 23, 2019

    Just remember that ALL children develop at their own pace!! And they do what’s most comfortable for them. So some of this advice on here about balance bikes first doesn’t make sense to me as there are no pedal on them. My nephew just sits on his and uses both legs at the same time to push forward for more momentum and doesn’t even use each side at a time to mimic pedalling. So I don’t see how a balance bike would help encourage pedalling. I’ve read that having a child sit down in a chair and have them place their feet on your palms while you encourage them to push down on your hands and make the rotating motion. I’m going to try this with my almost 4 yr old as he’s struggling with the concept too. But I think one day it’ll all just click🤞🏼