CYCLING | HOW TO RIDE A BALANCE BIKE?

CYCLING | HOW TO RIDE A BALANCE BIKE?

The balance bike is an excellent way to make children learn cycling without losing balance and falling down.  

Here are a few tips on why parents are more inclined in choosing this model for their kids on how to cycle.

1. Kids' bike without pedals and without stabilisers

There are so many reasons to choose a balance bike instead of a bike with stabilisers or a trike as your child’s first bike.
Most cycle instructors agree it’s best to learn to balance first, before moving on to pedalling unaided.
Your children will have more control over their bike, learn to slow down and stop properly right from the start.

2. specifically designed for kids

An increase number of users are turning to the Balance bike design, it becomes increasingly prevalent as a learning bike without pedals that offers children a way of learning how to ride, which suites to the body of young children.

Designed for children aged 2 to 4 years (up to 30kg), Balance Bikes are lighter than bikes with stabilisers.
As a consequence, they are easier to handle, allowing children to get themselves out of a rut or move forwards easier on roads with stones.
Some models such as the New Run Ride have a handlebar fitted with a brake lever, so that children can start to get used to using brakes.

3. Easy to kick start

1. Get Started
  - Make sure to help children to put on a helmet properly, it needs to be covering their forehead and the straps should be tightened

2. Checking your bike
  - Tyres should be pumped up, the saddle shouldn't be wobbly and the brake should work

3. Getting on and off a bike
  - You need to show your children to lean the bike and then swing their legs over,
   it is easier to get them to stand with the bike on their right and lean the bike towards them
  - Both feet should be flat on the ground and both hands should be on the handlebars
  - Make sure your children can reach the brake comfortably
  - Practice getting on and off the bike, don’t just lift your toddler on to the bike
  Ask the child to have a go at walking slowly with the bike. Explain that when they want to stop, they just stop walking.

4. Scooting
  - Encourage your children to walk again and push on the ground using their feet

  Remember to encourage them to look where they are going, not at their feet. They will need to sit up and look straight ahead
  - It helps a lot when you have someone up ahead to look at, as toddlers are distracted easily
  - Practise it many times and your children will be able to sit naturally on the saddle and pick up speed
  - If they want to slow down just remind them to put their feet down

5. Lifting their feet up
  - As your children gain more confidence, try to encourage longer steps. We found it helpful to say "Push, Push, Glide".
  - Choose a very gentle slope and encourage them to lift their feet off the ground
  - Practice makes perfect, so you will need to try this again and again

6. Steering
  - Once they have mastered lifting their feet, you can help them to steer the bike by getting them to lean and turning the handlebars gently

7. Stopping
  - If they are ready, you can show them how to squeeze the brake gently to help slow down

8. Playing games
  - Play simple games like shouting "Stop" and "Go", "Slow" and "Fast" to help keep it fun
  - Always stop before your child is tired, bored or hungry. A toddler can probably only cope with about half an hour of cycling practice.
  - So take the balance bike out little and often and soon your toddler will be zooming about

  Remember to make it fun, keep it positive and be encouraging!

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