If you have kids, the playground equipment at out local park is probably going to be your best friend. Bringing your children to the park can be a great way for your kids to exercise, but it will likely end up making you feel bored as you would have to watch the kids.
That is why it is a good idea to bring your kids along for cycling. It can be a fantastic way to bond with your family, and it is perfect for your child’s development, as it helps them build confidence while also developing endurance and balance. It is a win for all.
Cycling with your kids is not hard, but you have to keep certain things in mind:
Choose Age Appropriate Bikes
Biking with your children is quite fun, but since children are still growing, chances are that they will not have the same kind of balance that you have.
Meanwhile Here’s a few guidelines on to Teach your kid to ride a bike….
Choose a bike that is appropriate for your child. Starting with a three wheeled tricycle
is a great way for them to start out and get the fundamentals of pedalling.
Eventually, you will want to switch the trike out for a bike that is suitable for your child’s age. Use training wheels and remove them once they are no longer necessary. Make sure that you always replace the bike to fit your child’s size as he or she grows.
If your child is too young to ride even a trike, you can purchase a pull along cart that you can attach to your own bike. Just make sure your child is properly strapped in to prevent them from standing up and injuring themselves.
Buy a Helmet
A helmet is a must when biking, and I suggest that you purchase one that fits your child. It must have a snug fit and not wiggle around while worn.
Always switch to a bigger helmet as your child grows.
Choose Bike Lanes and Paths With No Cars
Choose a quiet path or bike lane with no cars passing by. Children will not be able to control their bike very well yet, so it is a good idea to stay on a path or street that has no traffic.
A nice bike ride through the woods is perfect for you and your children, and it is relatively out of the way of oncoming traffic. You can also try parks and empty parking lots.
Maintain Safety By Checking Your Kid’s Bike
Your child will probably not understand how to maintain a bike, so be sure to do that for them. Check for loose screws and make sure that the gears are properly covered to prevent clothes, shoelaces, and fingers from getting caught in the spinning mechanisms.
Inspect if their wheels are properly inflated and that their breaks are working perfectly.
Replace any parts that need replacing and keep your child’s bike clean to prevent rust and dirt build up.
Eventually, your child’s bike handling skills will improve over time, and you get to have a lot of fun with your family in the process.