Back in the 70's (Ahem) when I learned to ride we basically did it by having Dad hold the seat and run behind us until we crashed or stayed upright. We also didn't have helmets which would explain why I can't remember a lot of that. Another way to learn was with training wheels but they are worse because kids rely on them to stay upright and don't learn to balance. With kickbikes like the Trek Kickster here, there are no pedals, gears, or brakes to worry about. Kids tend to jump on and intuitively get it before you can say RESP. Compared to the wood kickbikes, the Treks handle better and are more adjustable which means they will last longer. We have kids bikes for all ages so drop by and check them out.