Bikes for kids – a (brief) en-cycle-opedia.

Teaching your child to ride a bike is one of the most special moments for a parent. That first foray into independence, those first wobbles on the wheel in your driveway; it’s a bonding experience that you’ll remember for a long time after they’ve outgrown that first set of wheels.

If your kid is getting to the age where they are ready to saddle up and hit the open road, then doing a bit of research into kids bikes will go a long way to making their cycling adventure both safe and fun. Here are a few tips on what to consider when you’re looking for your child’s first cycle

228824637_e742424335Which bike is right?

The style and colour that you buy for your child is a matter of personal preference. However, what is crucial is choosing the right size of bike. If you want your child to be safe, they must be able to touch the ground whilst in the saddle, although they also shouldn’t be in danger of dragging their feet.

According to Bike Radar, if your child is younger than six, you should choose a 16 inch wheel; children between 6 and 10 need a 20 inch wheel; and those older than 10 should look for a 24 inch wheel.

Safety gear

No responsible parent would let their child ride without at least a helmet to keep them safe. Choose one that fits snugly on their head – don’t be tempted to choose a helmet they can ‘grow into’. You can also get knee and elbow supports to stop grazing when they (inevitably) fall off.

Learning to ride

When you actually set about teaching your child to ride, it’s best to find a gentle downhill slope of grass, followed by a flat stretch. Teach the kid the three skills to riding a bike (balancing, pedalling and steering) in separate sections, letting them gain confidence in each. Slowly but surely they will learn to ride and, before you know it, they’ll be doing it all by themselves.

Buying the right kids bikes is an important process in helping your child progress. If you want your child to be outdoorsy, healthy and active, then making them a confident and enthusiastic cyclist is one of the best ways to point them in the right direction.

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