How using a Strider helped my 5 year old ride her bike without training wheels

Way back in 2011, I did a Strider PREbike review. Just look at how young Ashlyn was! She was about 2.5 when she started using her Strider and while she really enjoyed it, she was never one of those kids who zoomed around at top speed on them.

One of the many benefits that a lot of parents give when choosing a balance bike is that it helps the children to learn the hardest part of riding a regular bike. Did you think it was pedaling? Oh no, it’s how to balance your weight properly on the bike! Ashlyn started riding a two-wheeler with training wheels last year but she was still very nervous about it and couldn’t seem to keep her balance on it. Patricia from Strider was kind enough to call and gave me a few tips on how to get Ashlyn more comfortable on her bike – turns out that simply lowering the seat so that she could have her feet flat made a world of difference!

Ashlyn really wanted to ditch the training wheels, and I wanted her to as well because she was developing some really bad habits, like leaning to the side to purposely engage the training wheels instead of sitting straight and balancing. Rowan has since taken over the Strider and she’s really good at it – she has even mastered the glide with her feet on the resting bar.

pixel Rowan on her Strider PREbike

I was trying to teach Ashlyn to balance by holding the back of her bike in the classic ‘learn to ride a two-wheeler’ method so many parents have used. It seemed to make things much worse though and she was relying on me to hold her up. One afternoon last week she was waiting for me to help her and she decided to ‘practice her balance’ by walking, then gliding on her bike like she used to with her Strider. I told her that if she put her feet on the pedals and used them she’d be biking and no word of a lie, she tried it and was off!

In just over one week she’s gone from being scared to go over curbs with her training wheels on because she would slow down and frequently tip over, to zooming around the paths at our local parks all by herself! It’s amazing and we’re so very proud of her. Now I wonder if she would have been better off last summer had we not even bothered with training wheels at all. Her confidence is through the roof and I’m giving a lot of that credit to using a Strider for a couple of years. I have a hunch that next summer, Rowan will be riding a two wheeler with no training wheels too!

46 Comments on How using a Strider helped my 5 year old ride her bike without training wheels

  1. Judy Cowan
    August 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM (3 years ago)

    Way to go Ashlyn! The Strider Bike sounds like a great idea to use before the bike, will have to check them out further!

  2. June S.
    August 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM (3 years ago)

    I have heard that these bikes make it easier for children to learn how to ride a bike. Who ever invented this good idea was pretty smart.

  3. Sara
    August 18, 2014 at 11:17 PM (3 years ago)

    My son never took to riding his Strider and he sounds exactly like your girl now with fear of going over curbs etc with his training wheels, I think I need to take them off and see what happens!

  4. Dayna Wilson
    August 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM (3 years ago)

    I’m kind of terrified of my son learning to ride a bike…I had a really big accident when I was 10 and ended up badly injured. I’m going to have to suck it up and let him go for it one of these days though, and these look like a great idea for helping him learn.

  5. tasha may
    August 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM (3 years ago)

    That’s awesome! My son is 7 and still learning, they all take time! :)

  6. holly o'gorman
    August 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM (3 years ago)

    My daughter just turned four, so this will be us next summer! Fingers crossed it goes smoothly and I’m not gasping and holding my breath too much!

  7. Heidi C.
    August 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM (3 years ago)

    My little guys are four so the strider would be great for them. Thanks for the info!

  8. Lori Jackson
    August 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM (3 years ago)

    YAYY Ashlyn!! My son is 3 and a half and still needs the training wheels. Strider sounds perfect for my son!

  9. caryn s
    August 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM (3 years ago)

    I love strider it really helps the kids learn to ride a bike faster and skip the training wheels too!

  10. Suzie M
    August 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM (3 years ago)

    Striders are wonderful bikes Kudos to your daughter

  11. Amy Heffernan
    August 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM (3 years ago)

    Neat bike. My son JUST learned without his training wheels. He started on one of those new Balance bikes and he got on a reg one and just went! :)

  12. michelle tremblett
    August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM (3 years ago)

    Awesome !!! Such a great feeling for the kids AND parents when the training wheels come off :)

  13. Josh S
    August 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM (3 years ago)

    Awesome, what a milestone.

  14. Bailey Dexter
    August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the info, I was debating on the balancing bikes or the training wheels but after reading your review , going to pick up the balancing!

  15. Jennifer M.
    August 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM (3 years ago)

    My 5 year old is still working on this!

  16. Laurie P
    August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM (3 years ago)

    Love how proud the kids feel when they learn to ride on their own…great photos!

    August 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM (3 years ago)

    Scary stuff for the parent’s but once the child learns its magic

  18. Eva Mitton-Urban
    August 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM (3 years ago)

    She looks so happy – an achievement to be proud of as a daughter and for Mom. Nothing can stop her now – Fantastic Ashlyn.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  19. Bev
    August 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM (3 years ago)

    I’d be interested in getting a Strider for my daughter.

  20. Yuen C
    August 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM (3 years ago)

    That is such a great accomplishment, I wish my parents taught me to ride a bike when I was young…

  21. BobbiJo Pentney
    August 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM (3 years ago)

    ok I need to learn more about this bike, my daughter is seven and she leans too much to one side and is always falling.

  22. seham merzib
    August 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM (3 years ago)

    great post! we are thinking of getting a strider for my niece’s son

  23. Judy Cowan
    August 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM (3 years ago)

    Great accomplishment! I sometime it takes them longer to get the hang of it with training wheels, the strider bike is a great idea!

  24. cheryl
    August 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM (3 years ago)

    that’s great!

  25. Eldon
    August 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM (3 years ago)

    You must be really proud!!

  26. nikki robak
    August 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM (3 years ago)

    your daughter is beautiful by the way and it sounds like you got some good tips on how to help teach her how to ride a bike

  27. Crystal Englot
    August 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM (3 years ago)

    My 4 year old son started trying to learn to ride his bike without training wheels this summer :) Only had 1 big boo-boo from falling down. We dont own a Strider bike, but looks like she did amazing!

  28. Lee-Ann
    August 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM (3 years ago)

    Congrats on the accomplishment! My daughter just had to learn the harway – like me. =)

  29. Laura J
    August 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Oh that is so neat! We have had a balance bike for Carter for a couple years now, and it is so wonderful! We are getting ready to take his training wheels off his regular bike soon too….so this was very encouraging!!!

  30. Darwin
    August 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM (3 years ago)

    That is so awesome. What an accomplishment! A balance bike really worked well with my son.

  31. kelly young
    August 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM (3 years ago)

    very neat wish they had these back when my daughter was small

  32. Justin
    August 25, 2014 at 11:33 PM (3 years ago)

    Super cute

    August 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM (3 years ago)

    Way to go, my son learned at 5 yrs as well!! They are so proud when they finally do it

  34. Tara Gauthier
    August 26, 2014 at 12:53 AM (3 years ago)

    My daughter had a strider too, she is now using training wheels and I am sure will be quick to learn to ride without them as well!

  35. Judy Hunting
    August 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM (3 years ago)

    My 3 year old wants a bicycle for Christmas, not sure if I am ready for him to give up his tricycle yet

  36. Jana L.
    August 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM (3 years ago)

    Awww that’s adorable. Wonderfully done!

  37. MrDisco
    August 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM (3 years ago)

    very cute!

  38. Silvia D
    August 30, 2014 at 4:01 AM (3 years ago)

    the Strider looks like an awesome bike!

  39. JaimeeM
    August 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM (3 years ago)

    The Strider looks like a great bike, she looks like she having fun riding!

  40. loucheryl
    August 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM (3 years ago)

    Adorable photos! I have a strider bike for my boys and they love it!

  41. Ashley Busse
    August 31, 2014 at 2:24 AM (3 years ago)

    I have never heard of the Strider bike before. My son, who is 5, still needs training wheels… So, maybe it’s not too late to look into the strider!!!

  42. Anne Taylor
    September 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM (3 years ago)

    I love Strider bikes! I can’t wait until my grandkids are old enough for one! I love your photos!

  43. Judy Hunting
    September 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM (3 years ago)

    I have been starting my 3 1/2 year old out with training wheels.. I remember the days


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