So my son is 8 and I’ve been working on teaching him to ride. After a lot of work and practice, he is able to balance and pedal without falling down pretty well. He seems to just be having a hard time pedalling faster than one speed. He’ll eventually slow down and fall over.

I’m not sure if it’s just a fear thing or if he’s genuinely having trouble going faster. Any advice?

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    Do his legs look like they're going round fast, compared to how he runs? Is everything on the bike moving freely? When he stops, does he seem like his legs are tired, or does he have plenty of energy?
    – Chris H
    Jun 10 at 18:07
  • How big is the bike? An 8 year old may be on a 16" or 20" frame, could be that he's compressed up onto a learner's bike and getting tired fast.
    – Criggie
    Jun 11 at 1:46
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    @Criggie mine grew out of a 20" at 8. There are a few bigger 20" bikes (and they're normally good quality) but a 24" being the right size isn't unreasonable for a tall kid. The point about wrong size is a good one, and even a bike the right size set up too low (so it's easierto put the feet down) can cause problems
    – Chris H
    Jun 11 at 7:30
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    How long has he been riding? Jun 11 at 9:40
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    are his brakes rubbing? it could just be that the bike is fighting him Jun 15 at 5:28


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