It's just like riding a bike, which is like... it's hard to explain, son!
August 26, 2010 7:30 PM Subscribe
How do I teach my 5-year old how to ride a bike?
posted by escabeche to sports, hobbies, & recreation (38 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My son, almost 5, mastered his little 12" with training wheels and wanted a "big kid" bike. So we got him a 20", which fits him just fine. But I realized that I have no idea how to explain what he's supposed to do! Current protocol: he gets on the bike in our driveway, I put my hand behind his back and run, pushing him along -- sometimes he pedals, sometimes he doesn't, either way he quickly falls off to one side or the other. This doesn't seem to hurt very much but after about three times he's through for the day, and I can see why -- it doesn't seem like much fun. What am I actually supposed to be doing here?