Bike Riding Progress

learning to ride a bike

We have been spending a lot of time outside near our house recently, but not on any major expeditions outdoors (although we did have a trip to Edinburgh again yesterday, but that was for the museum).

What we have mostly been doing is practising, Mr O has been asking to practice on his pedal bike. He has two, a 12 inch bike, which we removed the pedals from so he could get used to how it moves as a balance bike first.  His other bike is 14 inches and a little bit heavy and stiff for him at the moment.  Daddy tried putting the pedals back on the 12 inch bike, but unfortunately the sprocket was rusty and Mr O had to wait for the new one to arrive before we could put pedals on.

learning to ride a bike 2

In preparation we zoomed up and down the hill on his big bike, but he was just nowhere near as confident and no amount of persuasion would get him to put both feet on the pedals!

learning to ride a bike


Fortunately when we got the sprocket fixed and pedals on it only took about 40 minutes out with daddy until he had both feet on and was pedalling! We were very proud watching him cycling along and so is he.

learning to ride a bike

Of course every day he now wants to go out on his pedal bike, so he’s getting really good at it and can even go up gentle hills on his bike.  The hill up from town is quite steep, so I think it will be a bit longer before he manages to cycle up that, I can only do it when I stand up on my bike and it will take time for him to get that sort of confidence.

learning to ride a bike

So we have been spending the week doing a lot of cycling on our street around the block and up and down to the parks and town.

learning to ride a bike

Hopefully we’ll get him out onto the bumpy farm tracks next.

Do your children enjoy being out on their bikes too?

J x


  1. April 27, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Ah huge congratulations to him! Ours still has stabilisers but she’s getting there and I think another 6-12 months and she will master it x

    • April 27, 2016 / 6:30 am

      Aww well done! My daughter doesn’t see, very interested in bikes…yet! Do have some big hills around though!
      Sophie x

  2. April 27, 2016 / 7:01 am

    It took my son until he was 10 to learn, he would just panic! My twin girls were 5 when they got it! He looks very happy on his bike, well done to him.

  3. April 27, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Ah that’s lovely! We really need to take Libby’s stabilizers off this summer too.

  4. April 27, 2016 / 8:12 am

    We have just finished learning to ride a bike.
    Fab feeling ain’t it?

  5. April 27, 2016 / 8:41 am

    What a great achievement, well done! He looks very happy! We have a bike with stabilisers but it seems bit tough for my toddler to pedal and I’m thinking of getting a balance bike to help him get started. #WhatevertheWeather

  6. April 27, 2016 / 10:51 am

    It’s amazing how fast some children learn! My girls were both just five – we taught them on grass so if they fell they’d have a soft landing. Lee ran along holding the back of the seat and then just let go. We really need to get Finley a bike of his own soon. He does have one with stabilisers but he doesn’t like it as he says it’s too small! Ha ha. Well done. Sarah

  7. April 27, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Wow he is doing really well! Well done 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  8. April 27, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Aww he looks so happy on his bike. Looks like he has picked it up really well xx #whatevertheweather

  9. April 27, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Fantastic, it looks like he’s really enjoying his achievement. He’s doing very well. My kids love their bikes too, it’s great for them. x

  10. Helen
    April 27, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Beanster is still fairly clumsy & not confident on the balance bike but we need to take her out more topractice. We don’t use it to get between places coz it takes her so long! I suspect we’ll have to do the removing pedals thing as I think she’ll outgrow the balance bike before she’s ready for pedals. I’m staying away from stabilisers as, knowing her personality, we’d never get rid of them (same reason we don’t use seem bands & why I’m kicking myself for buying her goggles!)

  11. April 27, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    So sweet seeing them learn a skill that they will be able to use throughout their life. My daughter is only 1 so she’s got a while before she learns how to bike ride. #whatevertheweather

  12. April 27, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Practice makes perfect! He’s doing a great job by the sounds of it! I went straight to a pedal bike with stabilisers as opposed to a balance bike, as I saw it at a carboot and wanted it. The price was too good to miss! #Whatevertheweather x

  13. April 27, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Check him out!! He looks so happy and confident on his bike, really good balance! We’ve recently got our Toddler a balance bike and she’s obsessed with it. Can’t wait to get her a proper pedal bike now I’ve seen your little man out on his, looks like he’s having a world of fun!! Thanks for hosting lovely #Whatevertheweather x

  14. April 28, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Good work! Looks like he is loving his new found confidence on the bike. Finn loves his trike and I’m sure he’ll love learning to ride a proper bike. Not sure my nerves will enjoy it so much! #whatevertheweather

  15. April 28, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Wow he’s doing great! My DD and still has stablisers, I think we’ll try in the summer to take them off!

  16. April 29, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Aaaww, well done! Such a lovely milestone. My boys love riding their bikes too.

  17. April 29, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Such a momentous occasion, learning to ride your first pedal bike! My boys love their bikes, although my youngest took a long time to gain the confidence to ride his. You can’t get him off it now! #WhateverTheWeather Wednesdays

  18. May 1, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Ahhh so sweet. Such an amazing moment watching them ride their first bike stabilisers free. It sounds like he really loves it and wants to be out all of the time. You’re going to have such a fun summer of bike riding I’m sure! x

  19. May 2, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Well done! I bet he’s really pleased with himself. It’s all about confidence and helping them get there but I bet you’ll be out loads on the bikes to practice now x #whatevertheweather

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