How long will it take my child to learn to pedal?

Some children will learn to pedal in a matter of minutes at one of our classes, but for most children, it takes one or two sessions.  It’s not uncommon for it to take three or four sessions.  This is nothing to be worried about.  If you’ve tried to teach your child yourself and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere, then it doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong.

Here are some of the most common reasons why your child might not be pedalling yet:

  • Young children of 4, 5, 6 and even 7 are still learning balance and coordination.  Our tutors will teach them ways to improve their balance and coordination to prepare them for pedalling.
  • Many people put their feet and pedals in an incorrect position when pedalling.  We often see parents trying to teach their children to pedal the same way.  This doesn’t always work.  Our tutors will teach your child the correct positioning of the feet and pedals.
  • Sometimes we see children attempting to ride a bike that is too small for them, or is the wrong shape.  Some types of bike are more difficult to learn on than others.  If we think this is the case we will offer you the free use of one of our bikes for the next session.  Often, changing bike is enough for someone to be able to pedal.  Once your child has learned on one bike, they will be capable of riding any bike and can go back to their favourite bike if they want to.  We will also advise you on what to look out for when buying a new or second hand bike for your child.
  • If your child has any additional needs, e.g. autism, dyspraxia, hypermobility, learning difficulties, then please tell us when you book.  Our tutors have experience in this area and we may be able to offer your child a one to one session.  Even if your child doesn’t have a diagnosis but you think they have a condition that affects their ability to cycle, then please tell us anyway.

Every child is different and everyone learns at their own pace.  It takes as long as it takes.  Most of all, please trust our tutors, they are the experts.

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