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A Step-By-Step Guide on Teaching Kids How to Ride a Bike Safely

Learning to ride a bicycle is one-time achievement that has a long-term pay off. Once mastered, it will never be forgotten. Cyclist parents are more than enthusiastic to pass on the passion of cycling to their children. But it’s important to enforce safety when it comes to teaching your kids how to ride a bike.

 

  • Safety gear

Before your kids get on a bike, they should be fully equipped with the right safety gear. The most important item is the helmet, since it protects an imperative and sensitive part of the body, the head. Make sure that your kids have helmets that properly fit them, so that they won’t fall off in the event of a fall.

Elbow pads and knees pads may seem bulky, but they are also vital. When kids are still learning, falling is common. The most common abrasions happen on the elbows, knees, and even the palms of the hands, so it’s essential to protect these areas. Kids sometimes try to catch themselves when they fall, so it’s a great idea for your kids to wear gloves.

Lastly, kids should never ride their bike barefoot. While some kids may get comfortable on the bike and decide to take a quick ride around the block, riding a bike without shoes can severely injure their feet.

 

  • The right bike

When it comes to bikes, kids tend to want the bikes that look the most fun or are their favorite color. However, it’s more important that the bike be the proper size for the child. Kids can even outgrow bikes from year to year, so it’s important to evaluate the bike before letting your children take a ride. Just like over sized clothes can cause your child to trip over, similarly the bike size should fit your child’s age and height. Do not set the seat too high or low; your children’s feet should be able to reach the ground in case they start to topple over.

 

  • The choice of practice space

On first thought, an area covered by soft grass would seem most appealing for new bike riders. While it will address your concerns regarding your child falling off and hurting themselves, it will hinder their ease of learning to balance.

An ideal spot would be an open-space parking lot with limited traffic, preferably with a smooth, flat tarmac surface which will assist the pedaling of the bike rather than hindering their momentum. The smoothness of the tarmac is important in the event that your child does fall, the surface won’t tear their skin like rough and rocky sidewalk or gravel.

It’s best to avoid teaching kids on days after it has rained. Puddles and slick, wet leaves can cause even the most skilled bicyclists to fall over.

 

  • Check the equipment

While everything might be in place and ready for your child’s bike ride, be sure to check the equipment before your kids begin. It’s key to make sure that the tires are fully inflated and that the brakes are properly working. Kids might not notice a hole in their tire, so it’s best that a parent check before they start riding.

 

  • Road safety

Having your children begin in a practical space is just as important as the other areas that they will ride their bikes in the future. Encourage your children to wear brightly colored clothing when riding, that way they are more visible to cars. They should stick to the sidewalk once they become comfortable balancing, and they shouldn’t wear headphones or listen to music while riding so that they can be aware of their surroundings.

Teaching your child to ride a bike can be a truly exhilarating experience as you will get the opportunity to slowly and gradually see your child trust their instincts and see their independence start to grow.