Advice by Sport
When the bike has been carefully chosen and adjusted to the child's height (the child's back should be straight and both feet flat on the floor), get your young cyclist in the saddle.
Staying still, show them the locations of the pedals, brakes, etc. Let them tame the beast!
You can then continue the observation stage by putting the bike upside down:
- Before you teach a kid how to ride a bike, you can then show them the purpose of pedalling (as it is pedalling which turns the wheels!) and the brakes (by pressing the handles, the wheels stop moving)
Tips for best braking methods:
- Use both front and rear brakes to slow your bike down (Best practice: Move your weight back when you braking, it can avoid the body forward to fly out)
- Front Braking: Strong braking force, able to slow down over short distances (If used the brake too hard, there will be a chance of turning over)
- Rear Braking: Braking force is softer than the head brake and is easier to handle (If used the brake too hard, there will be a chance of lock the tyres and lose balance force)
A key step!~Try it out using the "1, 2, 3 go" game.~The aim of the game: Pushing off on your own.
Then proceed step by step: ~ - Push with the feet (like on a balance bike) for three seconds~ - Lift the feet onto the pedals~ - Pedal! You can play by varying the number of seconds you give them to lift their feet: it could be 4 seconds, sometimes 6…
When you teach a child to ride a bike, you should also remind them to always pedal and give them the rhythm: “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal…”.