Teaching kids to ride

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby PiledHigher » Tue 22 Jan 2013, 4:33 pm

lard wrote:Most smart phones won't boot to a usable state without a sim installed :(


My WP7 with a cracked screen serves as a mp3 player that I can read my emails on through the house wifi, one sim error message on startup but seemingly full wifi functionality.
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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby lard » Tue 22 Jan 2013, 5:23 pm

barefoot wrote:
lard wrote:Most smart phones won't boot to a usable state without a sim installed :(


Mine must not be very smart then, because AFAIR they all do :-D

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hah well maybe yours are actually smarter, I've had some that weren't that smart :)

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Sun 03 Feb 2013, 5:53 pm

Following Barefootini's lead on her bike, I un-lent the 12" boat anchor Thing1 first rode from our neighbour. (Used twice in 2y10m). I needed to get the headstem working again (won't last, but is good enough for the moment) and Thing2 is a LOT more confident.

Thing1's old ByK E-350 is the perfect size for Thing2. Except, being considerably larger than her runbike, she just isn't confident on it. "It's a bit freaky Daddy" is when she's being favourable. Tears before bedtime if not. She was finding excuses for not riding it. "It hurts my bottom". "My leg's sore". "It makes my legs tired" (after going 10m). But, of course 20 mins later, she was happy to ride it 17kms when attached to me.

So yeah, the old orange thing ergo is the perfect size for her. For the moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFWZPM8TN88

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Sun 17 Feb 2013, 1:50 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADkm4qkXAj8 - Vid of the 'pedals off method'.

Closer to home? Challenge-achieve on the little bike. Practice-perfect on the big bike.
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And no, I don't actually 'need' my bike to keep up with her - but in this weather, I'm not really gonna jog now am I?

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Tue 23 Apr 2013, 11:19 am

http://www.bikeradar.com/beginners/news ... tes-37033/

Another one spruiking the 'pedals off - runbike' method. Although first time I've seen it mentioned to try with just one pedal, more as a 'footrest'. It makes sense.

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Sat 22 Feb 2014, 2:03 pm

If they're reluctant to get off the 'baby bike' try peer group pressure via Pepper Pig.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oee5H4SGlV0

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby Ghislain » Mon 26 May 2014, 8:17 am

So my 4yo nailed the no-training-wheels bike riding yesterday. Big high fives and celebrations all round. In his 4 short years, I haven't seen many bigger smiles on his face. Nor mine I suspect. Very proud Dad.

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby squeaza » Mon 26 May 2014, 10:13 am

baudman wrote:If they're reluctant to get off the 'baby bike' try peer group pressure via Pepper Pig.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oee5H4SGlV0


Peppa :roll: geez - get it right!

That's great Ghislain!

Mr 3.5 here has expressed an interest in pedals. His parents, less so!

We'll look into it for his next birthday I think.
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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Mon 26 May 2014, 10:20 am

There's nothing like it, eh Ghislain?

Squeeza, no rush and mine used both up until they started Prep, when they self-selected not to ride the balance bike any more.

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby Canuck » Thu 18 Jan 2018, 11:21 am

Thread use - not exactly the same line of previous discussion, but still on teaching kids - for teachers and parents out there, do any schools run riding information and safety training? I had this in primary school as a kid. Does anyone do this still?

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Fri 19 Jan 2018, 9:00 am

Canuck wrote:Thread use - not exactly the same line of previous discussion, but still on teaching kids - for teachers and parents out there, do any schools run riding information and safety training? I had this in primary school as a kid. Does anyone do this still?


There is still a 'Bike Ed' program, and some schools to squeeze it in to their curriculum. Sometimes on scooters, sometimes on bikes. However, IIRC, there's no funding for it any more. So it's really only the motivated ones - or where it's still 'habit'.

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby Stephen » Sun 21 Jan 2018, 12:37 pm

I seem to remember my kids being taken on an excursion to the Camelot Traffic School in their early primary years. Not bike specific but I think the school may have provided pedal cars as part of the program. 15 years ago now so I can't recall much about it.

https://www.bumpintomums.com.au/camelot-traffic-school/

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby Heather » Sat 03 Feb 2018, 10:13 am

Essendon Traffic School...I remember going there as a kid yes I know...long time ago :oops:
http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/essendon-traffic-school/public-sessions.aspx
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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby Mike.Ayling » Sun 03 Feb 2019, 7:20 am

There is a new facility at Bayswater for the little ones with its own set of traffic lights but the instructions are definitely DIY.

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Re: Teaching kids to ride

Postby baudman » Thu 07 Feb 2019, 4:48 pm

Heather wrote:Essendon Traffic School...I remember going there as a kid yes I know...long time ago :oops:
http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/essendon-traffic-school/public-sessions.aspx

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