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.