A few years back I was sitting at home, my daughter had just received her first pedal bike and needed stabilizers installing. I was looking at it thinking to myself how do I attach the training wheels to the bike which had come with no instructions.
In this article I will discus how to connect these to your kids bike along with the tools you will require and why you should attach them.
To install the training wheels you will require a 15 mm wrench , an adjustable wrench and the training wheels hardware which should include all assembly nuts, bolts, washers and the wheels. The 6 step fitting process should then be followed which can be completed by one person in approximately 10 minutes.
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What Tools Do I Need?
- A wrench
- An adjustable wrench
What Hardware Should Be Included?
The following hardware should all be included with your training wheels before you start to put together.
- Wheels x2
- Vertical brackets x2
- Shoulder bolts x2
- Serrated washers x2
- Washers x4
- Nuts x4
- Bracket brace plates x2
How To Install The Training Wheels?
Step 1 – Tyre Pressure
The first thing we need to check is the tyre pressure. The tyres need to be inflated correctly before we can attach the training wheels. Once this is done move onto the next step.
Step 2 – Assemble Hardware
Now we need to assemble the training wheel hardware together. If you’re lucky enough to have had these delivered pre-built please skip to the next step.
Put the hardware together following this sequence.
Wheel, Washer, Nut, Vertical Bracket, Washer, Serrated Washer and Nut.
Simply repeat this process for the second wheel. They should now look similar to these below.
Step 3 – Remove Axle Hardware
Next, we need to Remove the axle washer and nut from the axle of your bike. Keep these handy as we will need them again for step 6.
Step 4 – Brace Bracket
Next, we need to place the bracket brace plate on the bikes axle by inserting the tab onto the open space of the frame. Do not fasten down with any nuts. Only place the bracket on.
Step 5 – Attach Training Wheels
Now we need to put the previously (step 1) assembled training wheels to the brace bracket and adjust the height as required.
Step 6 – Refit Axle Hardware
Finally, we can now refit the axle washer and nut that we removed in step 3 and tighten securely using our spanner.
And we are done!
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Just in case you’d prefer to watch these steps I’ve attached a great clip below which will show you how to attach training wheels to a bicycle:
Its important that after you’ve installed the training wheels you remember to inspect them on a regular basis to ensure the bolts are remaining tightly fastened.
This is very important to help prevent any accidents when your kids are using the bike with now attached training wheels. For correct maintenance and care you just need to clean the wheels often, but no oiling is necessary.
Should You Use Training Wheels?
As I discovered there are many ways to teach your kids how to ride a bike but I found the safest and easiest way was by using, training wheels.
Also known as stabilisers, training wheels provide that additional support without the need to hold the bike yourself, they can hugely help your kids to learn to ride the bike safely and ride with confidence in that they are doing it without your help.
Often, they are only used to teach younger kids, but you can get versions for older kids and adults too.
As a parent you can also be confident that with the training wheels attached, you’ll be a little less worried your kid falling off and having an accident, until they have developed their sense of balance on the bike themselves.
Bike training wheels are a great option for families who have flat paved surfaces in a back yard or driveway. Although a sidewalk in safe quiet areas without a lot of hills can be just as good.
Can Training Wheels Be Put On Any Bike?
In short, Yes. Training wheels are available in all shapes and sizes and can be installed on just about any bike.
To install on different sized bikes you’ll need to be aware of the wheel size of the bike you are attaching them too as bike wheels come in various sizes such as 12, 16, 20 and 24 inches. You should make sure you’ve attached the correct size training wheels to ensure a smooth ride whilst using.
If shopping locally for your training wheels be sure to give the shop assistant, the correct wheel size so they can ensure you get the suitable set.
If you already know the wheel size and require the correct training wheels, take a look at the below links on amazon where you’ll find the products we’d recommend
- Best Training Wheels For 12 – 18 Inch Bikes
- Best Training Wheels For 20 Inch Bikes
- Best Training Wheels For 24 Inch Bikes
You can also get Adult training wheels which can support upto 250lbs. They’re designed for adults who have trouble balancing a bicycle. They’re also ideal for people with physical impairments.
Your kit should include, as detailed above, two wheels, two vertical brackets, two shoulder bolts, two serrated washers, four washers, four nuts and two bracket brace plates.
With some bike frames you can’t install training wheels due to the rear wheels already on the bike. The axle needs to be long enough to accommodate the mounting hardware for the training wheels, at least three eighths of an inch will be required.
If you find yourself in the predicament that you don’t have enough room, one option would be to replace the rear wheel. This would be an additional cost but much cheaper than replacing the entire unit.
Can The Training Wheels Be Adjusted Once Fitted?
You may find after first fitting the training wheels that your kid feels a little uneven and uncomfortable when riding the bike. In this situation you may need to temporarily adjust the height of one side or the other.
You can lower or raise the training wheels to help make everything more even if required and do not need to remove them from the bike to do this.
To complete this you’ll again need the tools required, a correct sized wrench or an adjustable wrench will do the job. Use the wrench to loosen all the nuts which are keeping the training wheels attached to the frame.
Adjust the wheels as required to the right position for your kid and then be sure to tighten the nuts all back up again.
Once you’ve done this, look to see if your kid feels more comfortable or if further adjustments are required. A little trial and error by lowering the wheels to provide more support until comfortable.
Once your kid is rocking and rolling on the training wheels, ensure you gradually raise these until they can ride correctly without them. Doing this gradually will help them to learn to keep their balance, making learning to ride without them, a much smoother transition.
You could also try adjusting these each time without your kid knowing. Sometimes when I did it in front of my daughter, she became a little unsure when she got back on. However, when I raised gradually without her knowing, she was full of confidence.
Be sure to lower the height again though if moved up a little too much too soon. Gradually is the key here.
How Should Training Wheels Fit On A Bike?
The Training wheels should always be set slightly higher than the rear tire. While this might cause your kid to rock back and forth on the bike as they ride, this uneven riding is necessary to ensure they are safe.
If all three points, the training wheels and the back wheel were all touching the ground at the same time, most of the weight would not be on the bike’s rear tire and it would instead be on the training wheels.
If this happens and the weight is on the training wheels rather than the rear tire, the rear tire will not be able to maintain proper traction and your kids braking will be effected.
When Should I Remove The Training Wheels?
One issue some parents find with their kids is they can often start to heavily rely on the training wheels. This is a natural reaction as the training wheels have a level of assurance for your kid whilst they ride which helps raise confidence.
You should remove the training wheels once your kid is clearly pedalling confidently. This is usually around the age of 4 or 5. Remember training wheels are for training only and once the pedal action is learnt and balance speed is achieved, training wheels will have no place.
Another way to raise confidence is by lowering the seat height. Some parents will think this makes the bike seem too small. This is partially true but the advantages can be so much greater.
By lowering the seat the child sits deeper into the wheels and this can help lower the height for balance. Your kid will also feel safer because they can easily touch the ground.
Once you see them gaining in confidence higher the seat again gradually.