How your child can learn to ride a bike in 45-minutes

How to learn to ride a bike explained by children’s bike expert and industry pioneer Isla Rowntree

Two boys learn to ride a bike
(Image credit: chris catchpole (not free))

Helping your child to learn to ride a bike is a rite of passage as they grow. But what's the best way to go about it? Advice on best practice has changed since most of us learned, with training wheels or stabilisers out and balance bikes now generally preferred, with the best kids' bikes with pedals coming later. You can read our piece on the pros and cons of each for more.

We've asked Isla Rowntree, founder of children's bike company Islabikes and former British national championships medal holder for her advice and to take us through the steps from total beginner to cycle expert. There's a Q&A on kids' bikes with Rowntree at the bottom of the page.

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