If you have kids, or have friends with kids, you've likely heard of balance bikes. The no-training-wheel phenomenon has taken off among the sportiest of parents who--let's face it--can't wait until their child's two feet are properly pedaling two wheels.
So, what's so bad about training wheels? You're not along in wondering this.
"Training wheels simply delay the experience of learning to balance and ride until such time as they are removed. At that point, children start from scratch, learning to balance and ride. The problem is that the years spent with training wheels were unproductive and developed no transitional skills," explained Ryan McFarland, founder/president of Strider Bikes.
On the contrary, he says, children who ride balance bikes have all of their balancing skills, their steering and leaning, transfer over to the pedal bike.
"Balance bike graduates are very capable bicycle riders their very first time on a pedal bike," he remarked.
Naturally, McFarland is wealth of knowledge on the topic, and he kindly shares his wisdom with About.com in this article.