One of the great joys of growing up is first learning how to ride a bike, and later teaching your kids how to ride a bike. This parent child experience is a staple of many family relationships, but it can also be somewhat intimidating or worrying when your kid’s biking fate and safety are in your hands. So if you’re looking to teach your kid how to ride a bike this summer, here are some great tips to get you both on your way.
1. If they’re young, start with training wheels
Starting with training wheels might seem somewhat pedantic to your kid, but this important step helps to eliminate their fear of falling, and will allow them to build confidence on their bike. Even if you only keep the training wheels on for a few days, it is a good way to build a level of comfort that will help them when those wheels come off.
2. Start with a small bike
Smaller bikes like kids bmx bikes are great to learn on because they are super lightweight and therefore easy for children to control. Stores like Tesco have great options for every budget. These types of bikes are also single gear bikes, so kids don’t have to worry about learning how to change gears while they’re learning how balance and steer.
3. Learning to stop
Once your kid finally gets going on their bike they next big issue that they will encounter is stopping, and the last thing you want is for them to be panicked or unaware of how to stop. Go through some practice stopping scenarios, and remember to inform your child that in the worst-case scenario (headed into traffic or dangerous terrain) they can always fall or jump from their bike if they can’t stop it.