Bicycles are a perpetually popular present for kids at birthdays and Christmas. On top of that, leaning to ride a bike is sure to be one of your child’s greatest ever achievements.
But despite the fact they can be thoroughly enjoyable, teaching your children how to ride a bike can cause any parent a fair bit of concern too, as you’ll want to ensure your kids stay safe and free from harm at all times.
1. Buying a Bike
• Select the right size — It’s imperative that you buy a bike that fits your child. If it’s too big, their feet won’t reach the floor, which could be dangerous. They won’t feel overly confident either.
• Don’t spend a fortune — There’s no need to spend lots on a bike. Because as in all likelihood, your child will soon outgrow it. Concentrate on purchasing a bicycle that’s safe and the correct size instead.
• Remember safety gear too — Along with the bike, buy a helmet that fits too. This helmet should be worn at all times. You may also want to think about elbow and kneepads.
2. Learning to Ride
• Don’t rush — Kids will be tempted to get out on their bike straight away. But they should take things slowly. Let children familiarize themselves with the bike first. Then, tell them what everything does, especially the brakes!
• Choose a safe environment — Find a place where your kids won’t be at risk from cars or be put off by other people. A closed parking lot is ideal. Why? Since they tend to be large, flat, smooth and empty.
• Think about stabilizers — Several people believe stabilizers aren’t a good idea. They think you should teach your child the importance of balance straight away. But still carefully consider what would be best for your offspring.
• Take things one step at a time — First of all, get your child to scoot along and simply coast on the bike, stopping with their feet. From there, you can introduce some pedaling and steering. Finally, start using the brakes and ride along with them.
Once they know how to ride a bike, you’ll also need to teach your children about the importance of road safety. Plus, you will want to warn about the dangers of traffic and the rules of the road. But for the time being at least, they’ll be perfectly happy on the sidewalk or peddling around the local park.