Being able to ride a two-wheeler is a societal rite of passage and an age appropriate activity. In spite of the fact that a large majority of children get past training wheels, the reality exists that training wheels represent the end of the bicycling trail for a percentage of children. As children get to be age 8, age 10, or even beyond, they become aware that peers are riding two-wheelers, and that they can’t. Instead of suffering embarrassment and even ridicule, the usual result is that the non-riding child soon opts to become passive, to resist riding, and to resign themselves to the “I can’t” ride a bike. Soon this becomes an “I don’t like bikes,” and “I don’t want to ride a bike.”
At times, parents become enablers as they will concur or conclude that the child can’t ride a bike, and the child is not afforded the opportunity to even try, as the parent becomes motivated to protect the child from failure. A child who can’t or won’t ride a bike is apt to suffer in a number of ways, as peers ride off leaving the non-rider behind.
Benefits of riding a two-wheeler include an infectious smile, peer inclusion, building of self-esteem, family lifestyle enhancement, increased activity and mobility, increased cognitive stimulation, and better physical fitness.
Without question, significant numbers of children and adults are presently unable to master bike riding, and this causes degradation in lifestyle, self-esteem, and well-being.