Now, as we all know, learning to ride a bike isn’t easy. It doesn’t matter if the bike has pedals or doesn’t, learning to trust yourself without the support of the ground is a challenge at first. Balance bikes are designed to teach your child coordination, balance, steering and leaning, prior to riding a traditional bicycle. That being said, most balance bikes are designed for young children you haven’t ridden a bicycle before. With this being their first time, you’ll want them to have an enjoyable and as easy of an experience as possible. Here are some helpful tips in teaching your child how to ride a balance bike.
Find a safe place to practice
Taking them onto a busy street is not only dangerous for their personal safety, but adds additional anxiety and stress on both of you. You’ll want them to practice in a place that they know and find comforting. Perhaps your backyard or an empty schoolyard. That way, there won’t be many people around and they won’t be distracted by cars or people walking by. That being said, though the balance bike is designed with foot-to-floor ratio, you can teach them on grass as it make take a few falls to get the hang of it.
Safety, safety, safety
Like said previously, safety is crucial when learning how to ride a bike. Now that your child is practicing in a calm and safe space, you will still want to make sure they’re wearing their helmet and knee and/or elbow pads. Accidents will happen while learning how to ride a bike. Make sure they aren’t wearing baggy pants and open-toed shoes. When learning how to ride a bike they will need proper runners on as they will be walking and running.
Depending on your balance bike, the classic ones do not come with brakes. If that is the case, you will need to show your child how to brake their bike using their feet. If the balance bike comes with a set of hand brakes, then you will have to show them how to use them effectively.
Your child has mastered the art of walking and running on their balance bike and now they want to move onto going down hills. This is great that they’re wanting to push themselves and challenge their new found skills. However, you will want to start them off on small slopes and see their progress with learning how to control and brake their bike. Every child is different, so this may be slower or quicker for your child depending on their level of comfortability.
So, now that you know how to properly prepare your child for their balance bike ride, enjoy this moment between you and your child. Safety and understanding are always the number one priority, however, once you complete these tips, you’re well on your way for a successful first-time ride. What are you waiting for! Grab the balance bike, get your child ready and go out for a fun ride!