Three neighborhood kids (including Pumpkin) have learned how to ride their “two-wheel” bikes in the last month no thanks to training wheels which, I now realize, actually hinder the “learning how to ride a bike” process.
All the kids practiced their balance on the same homemade, pedal-less, “run bike” for about a week. Then they jumped on their pedal bikes and were flying down the street within minutes. It’s such a simple & brilliant idea, you wonder where the (now totally ridiculous) idea of training wheels came from anyway. And now, we have to laugh how we struggled for the last 6 months taking the training wheels on and off Pumpkin’s bike each time she thought she was “ready” but wasn’t.
If you don’t want to yank the cranks and pedals off a bike, there are plenty of pre-made pedal-less run bikes on the market. Seriously, don’t even think about letting your kids ride with training wheels any longer. Start with a Strider bike (as young as 2) and go straight to a two-wheeler when they are able to keep their balance for an extended period of time.