A Guide for Your Child’s First Balance Bike

Cycling is the best activity for the children of all age group even toddlers. Parents should encourage them for riding a balance bike in order to develop the healthy activity of cycling in them. Balance bike is the starter bike for your toddler or preschool children. A Balance bike has no pedals. The rider pushes himself along the ground.

 As it’s the starter that teaches children learning skills that make it possible for them cycling. They learn how to balance as well how to control steering. Although pedaling is also an important skill but first when they learn balancing then they can easily learn pedaling later but if a child starts with stabilizers then he take more time to learn balancing and get scared when stabilizers are get away. So balance bike is very important to incorporate the skill of balancing.

There are few things that should keep in mind while buying a balance bike:

The balance bike should be light weighted so a child can easily handle as well as learn balancing in a proper way. It would be difficult for them if it will be heavy.

While steering hand grip must be secure to stop any kind of injury. The headset should have ball bearings enable handle bar turn easily and freely unlike plain bearings.

On a balance bike children can stop the bike with moderate speed but if  it has smooth brakes then they can learn a skill of stopping bike smoothly with the help of brakes that they have to learn later. The brakes should not be too stiff and teach how to apply the moderate pressure.

The wheels should spin smoothly and freely for best ride again it is only possible with ball bearings. The saddle should be comfortable and a little bit concave to prevent your child from slipping forward. Adjust according to the height and comfort level of your child.

Beside all these things do not compromise on the safety of your child. Use bike safety accessories specially the bike vests for your toddlers to prevent any kind of injury.

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Enjoy Family Bike Rides

Children love to play and enjoy different type of adventurous activities. Parents should encourage them to take part in different physical activities to keep them fit. As family unit what are the activities that you can enjoy together? One of them is cycling. Family bike rides are perfect way to spend time together.

You can take your children for a bicycle tour to explore new areas. You can select a suitable path to enjoy your trip.

There are a lot of things that should keep in mind while planning a bicycle trip with your family:

First of all ride as a team and involve your children in this activity so they can enjoy this activity as well as the surroundings.

Try to take frequent brakes so the children can’t exhaust and enjoy this activity as much as possible.

Take plenty of water in plastic bicycle bottles. Water can be used for washing hands, cooling down on sunny days as well as for drinking.

Take snacks like fruits, cereal bars, biscuits or cake to boost the energy level.

Children should be properly dressed up like wind and shower proof jackets, fleeces, jumpers and gloves for cycling.

Also take Spare cloths, pants, wipes and plastic bags.

You should also have a tool kit: pump Tyre, puncture kit as well as spare inner tube.

First Aid kit should be with you in case of any emergency.

Mobile phone should be charged.

Always take extra cash in case of any emergency.

Try to involve your family in the ride for more enjoyment. Ask them about selection of route and paths.

Prepare bikes the night before. Check that Tyre’s are properly inflated, bolts are tight and brakes are properly working.

For small children on their own bike five to ten miles are more than enough but children in children seat on back of cycles can manage more. In any case the very important thing is the safety of your children and family. Use bike safety accessories like properly fitted helmet, knee pads and bike vests to avoid any kind of injury and to keep yourself safe and sound. Above all patience and sense of humor is very important to make the trip memorable, exciting and fun filled.

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Encourage Your Children for Cycling

Kids love cycling. It’s just like a kind of exploratory play and form of exercise. In this activity children learn balancing through different steps. It’s fun for them and they feel independent while cycling so we can say cycling is fun, excitement, adventure and an independent activity at the same time.

Cycling is also a social activity as children enjoy cycling with their friends and travel to reasonable and safe distances from home.

According to an independent research agency SHEU (Schools Health Education unit), cycling is most favorite sport activity for children in UK as 45% of boys aged 11 to 12 years and 36% of girls cycling at least weekly outside the school hours.

According to department of transport 1% of primary school children and 2% of secondary children cycle to school.

If we talk about cycling to school specifically, it’s a physical activity and at the same time children enjoy with their mates. Although parents feel worried due to different kinds of risks specifically traffic. As it’s natural for parents to protect their children and adult supervision is very important but giving them independence, allowing them to do different things and handling risks by their own have positive effects on their physical and mental development.

Teachers of many schools reported that the children who bike to school are more attentive, receptive and has more learning abilities than other children. Many studies show that physical fitness helps a lot in academic performance and no doubt cycling is the best physical activity to keep your children fit and away from different diseases especially from Childs obesity which is actually the root cause of every disease.

Try to encourage your children for cycling as it is environment friendly, efficient and fun filled ride. You can also go for cycling day trip with your family as it will also strengthen your family bonding and you can definitely enjoy this favorable healthy activity with your family. But safety of the children should always be the priority that can be perfectly achieved by using bike safety accessories like cycle safety harness, helmet, knee pads, bike vest etc. Let your child enjoy this independent activity but in a safer way.

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Different Stages of Bicycling

Cycling is the most favorite activity for almost each and every child because it gives them a feeling of independence and fun. Beside the fun factor this activity is also very beneficial for their health and keeps them fit and active. Children typically learn to ride a bicycle sometime between the ages of 3 and 6.

There are different stages of learning bicycle as children learn it step by step that how to balance smoothly.

The children first learn peddling on tricycle which has taught them about those synchronized leg movements, momentum and sense of balancing as well as balance movement onto a bicycle. Tricycles are perfect for toddlers having developing motor skills. Safety measures should always be taken to keep your children safe and sound so tricycles should be ridden only on a playground or within an enclosed yard, not in a driveway or street. Safety accessories are also very important so toddlers like all riders should always wear a size-appropriate helmet and safety vest or bicycle safety harness when biking.

At next step almost in the age of 5 or 6 children start riding bicycle with the help of training wheels. Parents can progressively elevate training wheels to help build their child’s confidence. Finally, when a child learn how to balance on the bike, the training wheels can be removed. If children go straight from tricycles to bicycles, missing out on stabilizers, most will be able to start their bicycle learning from about the age of three and a half. By the age of five most children can balance properly.

A child’s first bicycle should be a one-speed with foot brakes as he can’t handle hand brakes and gears.  He can ride on larger bike with gears and hand brakes at age of 9 or 10 when his hands are larger and stronger. At first children can’t ready for street riding independently without any adult supervision but at the age of 8 and 10 he can start riding in streets where you can teach him safe-riding skills. If your child wants to ride to school, and you feel that he’s ready then encourage him for cycling as its very helpful to keep him fit and healthy.

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Kids Cycling Harness from BikyBiky

Ever struggled to get you little ones to ride a bike without stabilisers? Then I think I have found a great little way to assist them, build their confidence and get them riding on their own. BikyBiky have created a fabulous soft padded cycle vest that is aimed to support those aged 2 to 7 years old and will take a weight of up to 50kg.

I have two children, a rather sporty 8yr old who insisted on ditching her stabilisers at age 4 and within a few days was confidently cycling along on her own and a 5yr old boy who has been rather reluctant and lacking confidence in all areas.  He finally ditched his armbands in the swimming pool on our Summer holiday this year so my next area to target was riding without stabilisers before his sixth birthday.

We managed to buy some new larger bikes for the children earlier in the Summer from a friend, but they came without stabilisers. We knew this would be our opportunity to give Mister B the extra push he needed to get riding and we wanted to try to achieve this before the Winter and before he turned 6.

The BikyBiky jacket is really well made, has exceptionally strong velcro and feels really snug and secure on.  I was very impressed with it as I wasn’t too sure how well it would fit or how durable it would be, but this is built to last. Mister B was chuffed with it too and loved the little velcro badge on the front.

On the back is a handle for an adult to hold or grab should the need arise. Over the last few months we have had numerous attempts at getting Mister B to ride, with daddy holding the back of the saddle (back breaking work!) but we really were getting nowhere and as soon as we let go, Mister B would fall to one side.  He was incredibly wobbly, lacked confidence and we just couldn’t make it off the driveway.  With the jacket on and daddy holding the handle on the back, it left Mister B a little nervous at first as no one was holding onto the bike.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say the first couple of weeks consisted of Mister giving up every 5 minutes and daddy getting a little annoyed at his lack of determination.
But after a few days break, they tried again and the next thing I knew I was being called out to the drive to see a little boy with a huge grin on his face, saying “I can do it mummy, I can ride my bike!”
I managed to capture one of his first few wobbly rides in action, see below:
From this day onwards his confidence has grown.  Within just a few weeks he can cycle alone, albeit a little wobbly. We are fortunate to have recently moved and have a supermarket 5 minutes walk from us, so on a Sunday afternoon after closing, we have been taking the children round there for Mister B to really practice freely as the pavements by us are a little uneven and he tends to veer into the garden walls or towards a parked car!  The car park allows him to really get to grips with his balance and steering, oh and to practice breaking of course which he forgot to do one time and ended up cycling straight into a large metal recycling bottle bank – oops!

Here he is practising with his sister:

He has come so far in the last few weeks and this is all down to the BikyBiky cycling harness.  I highly recommend this and just wish I had discovered it last year, as I’m sure he would have been riding back then.  It is brilliant, such a great product and a few people that have seen it at our house have been really impressed too.

A cute little extra that comes with the BikyBiky jacket is a pop out certificate enclosed on the cardboard hanger. Mister B was eager to get his and wrote his own name on it once he had proved he could ride and couldn’t wait for me to sign it to make it official – bless him!

I’m so proud of my 5yr old’s achievements this year and look forward to him turning six later this month, now as a 2 wheeled cyclist and a swimmer without the need for buoyancy aids. Yay!!!
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Riding Toys

Children love to have fun by riding on different types of toys. They enjoy these type of activities as well as they learn a lot from these activities. These type of fun filled activities play a very important role in child’s development and growth as encourage children for different physical activities and help them to develop multiple skills like:

 

  • Developing coordination skills
  • Balancing
  • Motor skills
  • Develop Independence

 

There are different kinds of riding toys. The variety varies from rocking horse to different types of battery charging ride on toys. Always choose the simple one according to the age of your child.

 

For teaching your child how to ride on toy, always choose a flat and safe spot because safety of your child should always be the priority. Try to keep them safe by wearing them safety vests as well as other safety accessories.

 

  • Ride on toys help to develop motor skills and ultimately this leads to a proper and tremendous skill of balancing.
  • These toys help children to learn how to coordinate between the movements of hand, arms, legs and feet.
  • Ride on toys require movement of legs and in this way they use their leg muscles and for steering use smaller muscles of hand so it makes your children strong and active.
  • These toys are best way to make your children active because they keep on moving around.
  • When children learn how to ride on these toys then this thing built a confidence in them, because they do it by their own and children love to enjoy this kind of independence.
  • It also helps to develop social and emotional skills because they spend a lot of time by playing with other children.
  • It is a healthy activity because children spend a quality time outdoor and experience a natural environment which is very important for them.
  • Now a days children spend a lot of time in Tv, video games and indoor activities so these types of outdoor activities give them a lot of fun and excitement in a healthy way.

 

Always choose a durable riding toy for your children because there should be no compromise on the safety of your child.

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Cycling Fun for Your Toddlers

It’s a wonderful and joyful experience for a toddler to ride a tricycle but a little handling with care teaches them properly how to ride a tricycle and how to paddle on in a proper way.

It’s a new experience for your little one so proper safety measures should be taken because the safety of your child should always be the priority. Knee pads, elbow pads, well fitted helmet and vest are very important safety accessories to keep your child safe and sound.

Children learn different activities through experience. The process of riding bike requires multiple skills like pedaling, steering, balancing, coordination and strength.

Try to focus on all the skills one by one and don’t overburden the mind of your toddler. Usually children start with riding toy. These riding toys help to develop skills like climbing on and off, forward and backward movement, steering as well as how to handle through different obstacles.

When the child becomes expert of all the skills like positioning and turning then then the next step is riding a tricycle with support of pedal and steer.

  • Your child shows interest in tricycle then start practicing your toddler with support until he’ll be the master of all skills.
  • Try to buy a bicycle according to size of your child so he or she can easily ride on it.
  • Your child feels super excited by perfect positioning on pedal.
  • Try to push your child from backward to build a confidence and giving the impression that he is doing all the things by his own.
  • See their reaction that how they enjoy movement of pedal, balancing and weight shifting.
  • When the child is used to the positioning of pedals and leg movements then try to practice them on some incline surface to teach them how to handle the tricycle but give them support on all their way.
  • Then on the next step practice them on flat surface.
  • Teach them Paddling and steering separately.

For practicing use wide and smooth surface because it helps your child to pedal properly and easily. It’s also useful because in this way a child feel more independent by his own and enjoy paddling and steering without any kind of directions and obstacles.

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Children Bike Harness

Kids can’t wait to own their first bicycle and ride it with their friends. Bike riding is fun and it gives children their first sense of independence, but in all of that, parents should remember that bikes are not a toy; it’s a vehicle.

 

Safety First

 

Safety precautions for your child on their bike is very important because accidents can happen when your child is getting ready to learn how to ride their bike. With bike safety accessories, you can make your child’s first bike lesson a fun and a safe one.

 

Children’s bike harness is the best way for an adult to help the child have an injury or accident free bike lesson. The adult can support the child by using the handle of the harness and give the impression to the child that he or she is on its own and riding it without any support.

 

Kid’s cycle harness also helps the child to develop the sense of balance while riding the bike, because the adult only needs to run alongside the child while holding the harness handle to ensure a mishap free lesson.

 

Safety Accessories

 

The challenging task of teaching a child to ride their first bike is made easy with children’s bike harness. There are other bike safety accessories out there like bike stabilizers, but the transition from stabilizers to no stabilizers is always going to give the child trouble balancing their bike.

 

The fun experience will almost become a task for the child when the stabilizers are taken out, and now they would have to focus on balancing as well as paddling and steering the bike. All of this can become a bit too much for the child and it could really set them back in their learning process.

 

This is where the child’s bike harness comes in handy as it lets your child balance quickly. The child feels the freedom and gets more confident as the paddle away thinking that they are in control, but the adult will still be in control of the situation and help the child balance the bike on their own.

 

Conclusion

 

This is a mishap free, bike learning experience for the child, as they get to enjoy their first love with all the freedom. You can help your kid cycle without bending over and running along with an awkward position. The kids cycle harness lets you keep a straight back and run alongside your child in a fun and safe way.

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Fun Filled Activity

Learning to ride a bicycle is not an easy task as it looks. It is adventurous and at the same time thrilling to experience the ride at first time. We can say that for children it’s exciting as well as at the same way terrify the children from new experience.

Children are free soul and cycling is full of enjoyment for them but at a certain small age, they don’t learn from adult or parents through proper instructions. They learn actually by themselves through multiple errors. In fact there is technique or hard and fast rules for teaching your child cycling.

It’s only a technique of counter balance that children learn through small fall steps like walking or using small body weight to balance your bike.

  • Try to let your child enjoying learning and steering by themselves in a safer way by only holding their shoulder not letting them know that you are supporting them. It will increase their confidence and they can learn faster.
  • Children usually love to ride on tricycle and then bicycle with stabilizers.
  • The children who use stabilizers learn with delay that how to balance the bike almost at the age of five but those who skip that step can easily learn how to balance.
  • To teach the children, always start with big circle and teach them micro movement on paddle bars as well as how to use paddle.
  • Tell them foot positioning on paddle and once they are comfortable then position their saddle up.
  • The learning area at early stage of teaching should be clear and it should be wide to give more space to your children.
  • Bike safety accessories like jacket, gloves and proper clothing is very important for safety of the children.

Cycling is fun so don’t push your children to learn this activity but encourage them to learn as fun part of their play. In this way their interest will be developed in this activity but every child is different by nature so it depends on interest and child’s behavior. Learning time can be an hour or weeks depends on learning ability.

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Cycling Trends of Children And Young People

According to some statistics of 2015, 0-16 year olds made 12 cycle trips each compared to an average of 17 for all age groups and cycled around 17 miles over the year as comparison to an average of 53 for all age groups.

Some figure of 2015 shows that in England travel to and from school is as follows;

  • Approximately 1% of children aged 5-10, and 2% of children aged 11-16 cycled. This figure shows a decrease from 2% and 3% respectively in 2014.
  • 37%, cars/vans were the most common form of transport used for the school/college run, even though the normal distance travelled for education purposes was only around three miles.
  • Travel for education contributed significantly to peak time traffic: from 2011-15, it was responsible for about 29% of trips between 8 and 9 am, with an additional 21% accompany others to education.

There are some statistics regarding Scotland and Wales:

In Scotland, According to a ‘hands-up survey’ in 2014, 5% of children indicated that they normally cycled to primary school. While 0.9% cycle to secondary school. According to Transport and Travel in Scotland, 1.2% of children cycled to and from school in 2015.

In Wales 2% of trips to primary schools and less than 1% of trips to secondary schools in 2014 were made by cycle.



Conclusion

 

These statistics show that there is not very common trend of cycling in children for different purposes. Parents also don’t encourage this activity because they think it’s risky for their children but with the help of some proper safety measures you can make this activity safer. Use proper safety accessories like properly fitted helmet, avoid loose clothing and use padded vest that helps your children to learn the bike without stabilizer more confidently. The injury rate in bicycle riding is similar to the other type of sports but parents should supervise the children while bicycle riding to avoid such type of injuries. In this proper way parents should project and encourage this activity because it’s very healthy for children.

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