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How to Learn to Ride a Bike

Updated on May 16, 2013

Steps to Learning to Ride a Bike

Step 1
Remove training wheels and pedals.
Step 2
Move the Seat
Step 3
Run and Glide
Step 4
Put the Pedal back on the bike
Step 5
Practice Pedaling

The Pedal Free Method

no pedals, no training wheels
no pedals, no training wheels | Source

Learn to Ride a Bike

Anyone of any age can learn to ride a bike using this easy straightforward method. If you are an adult that has never ridden before this will take the mystery of out the alancing act of riding a bike. The balancing act is the hardest part of riding a bike. KNowing when to put your feet down and when to keep going can be a tricky concept whether you are 5 or 55.

Step 1: Remove the Pedals and Training Wheels.

Find the appropriate tools and ride your child's (or yours if you are the one learning) training wheels and pedals from the bike.

I know you are thinking that removing the pedals from the bike seems opposite of what you want to do since you want to learn how to pedal the bike.

My child has the pedaling down but the balancing is the problem. By removing the pedals from the bike you can have the child practice balancing without the pedals getting in the way.

Step 2: Move the Seat

Move the seat as low as it can go in order to give the rider the most leg room possible to "run."

Moving the seat down give the most leg room possible to get moving fast.


The object is to get moving as fast as possible and then lift the legs to balance.

Step 3: Run and Glide

Once you are ready to go. Remember adults can try this method to. Get one the bike, you should be able to easily reach the ground. Move your feet as you are "walking" the bike along the pavement. Get going as fast as you can and then pick up your feet to glide and balance as long as you can. Put you feet back down when you start to lean too much.


Practice this method as long as you need to until you feel comfortable with being able to balance for a way on the bike. The object is to get the feel of how you need to balance your body and when to put your feet down.

Two Wheeler without Training Wheels

Next Step Pedals!
Next Step Pedals! | Source

Step 4: Put those Pedals Back On!

Here is the fun part! Ride that bike. Put the pedal back on and give it a try. This is my son 10 minutes after we put the pedals back on. He had a hard time getting started at first. We encouraged the run, run, glide technique into getting started. Except this time it is run, run, pedal! Try it is a wide area so that you have room to navigate back and forth as you learn to balance and steer. An empty road or dead end street is the perfect practice spot for this part.

Ride On! Pedal on the Bike!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      How long did it take your son to figure it out? I think we're going to try this with our 5 year old this weekend :) I've seen the pedal-less bikes for sale but never even considered that we could just make our own by taking the pedals off!

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      kthix10 4 years ago from IL

      I would say it took him about maybe an hour total to learn. There were some breaks in the middle and the two videos were actually two different days. I couldn't get the pedals off his bike so we had to borrow his little brothers to get the pedals off and try.

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