We just got my son his first bike last summer. (He will be 7 in May). We just moved to a place where he could actually ride it. Before that we lived in a 3rd floor apartment with no bike friendly area nearby.
He has training wheels, but still freaks out when his bike tips just a tiny bit, and thinks he is going to tip over.
I am thinking of having him use a balance bike for a while... I got a used 12" bike cheap and plan on taking the pedals off so he can use it as a balance bike.
What do you think of balance bike vs. training wheels?
How did your child learn to ride a bike?
*update* He can ride without training wheels now! Update in red on page 3