My son is 3 years old, and has been riding a balance bike for a solid year now. He's incredibly comfortable on it, probably too much so. He'll go to the top of the biggest hill in my neighborhood, lift his feet and hit 20+ mph then lean over into the turn at the bottom of the hill and somehow manage to avoid crashing. It terrifies me, but I'm also pretty impressed at the same time.
Anyways, I got some cool orange pedals for my townie bike and my son was insanely jealous. He kept asking repeatedly for orange pedals on HIS bike. I bought him an orange pedal bike instead. He was initially really excited about it but after trying to ride it like a balance bike, he got one of his feet caught on one of the pedals and he went down hard and he's much less enthusiastic. He'll sit on it and "ride" it while I hold the seat, but the coordination of steering and pedaling seems really challenging and he's not making much progress.
I'm aware that my child is still too young to ride a pedal bike, so I'm not expecting too much from him. Do you have any suggestions on how to make the transition from a balance bike to a pedal bike smoother like the transition from balance bike to pedal bike
? I am hesitant to use training wheels because he has become very skilled at steering with two wheels and I am concerned that he may tip over on a training wheel bike. Perhaps my concern is unfounded?