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For the woom 4, 5 and 6, we introduce gears with a SRAM grip shifter. Gears 1-3 are ideal for starting out, and then go to higher numbers (4-8) for cruising.  Smooth gear switching is fastly learned - simply encourage your child to shift gears while riding with the simple goal of making the gear changes quiet. This indicates proper gear changing.  
    Tip 1: Practice grip shifting on a flat surface (this makes understanding gears easier).  Teach the child basics: go faster, gear up. Go slower, gear down.  Tip 2: Now move to a slightly hilly environment, this is where the real fun starts! With some force to ride against due to the ground sloping up, gears will finally 'click' with your child.
Now that the child has learned to walk on the balance bike, they are gearing up for a run! Watch as the steps grow alongside the skill of your child.  
    Tip 1: Once the child really begins to take off flying, you can incrementally raise up the seat to have their heels slightly raised when at a stand still.  
The brakes on the balance bike begin to teach your child about proper bike riding!  By using the right hand brake as the primary brake, your child is being set up for success. 
    Tip 1: The child will begin to understand the cause and effect work of the braking.  Right break causes the rear wheel to brake. We consider this the safest brake to use in most cases, as the right brake typically helps to avoid a bike flip over that the use of the left-brake only may cause in extreme speeds.