Tips for Teaching a Child to Ride a Bike

Tips for Teaching a Child to Ride a Bike

April 7, 2020

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for children. While zooming down the sidewalk might be thrilling for the child, the thought of teaching them how to ride a bike might seem stressful. Luckily, there are a few bike riding tips in Naples, FL that you can follow to make the experience a memory you and your child never forget.

Make sure your child is ready to ride

In order to successfully teach your child to ride a bike, they must be excited to learn. If they don’t seem to be ready, give them time and space. If they choose when they are ready to learn, they will be more enthusiastic and more likely to listen to the instructions they are given. If a child is really excited but not quite old enough to pedal, try starting them out on a balance bike.

Make sure your child has the right equipment

Falling is a big concern for children when they are first learning to ride a bike. Making sure they have a bike that is the right size is a good way to help get rid of this fear. Your child should be able to put both feet on the ground when they stand over the top tube of the bike.

Besides the bike, getting a proper helmet is vital to learning how to ride. Teaching your child right away to wear a helmet will get them in the habit of wearing it every time they ride, as well as promote other good bike safety habits. Make sure the helmet is level across the middle of their forehead. The side straps should be adjusted to form a V shape, and the chin strap should be snug.

Make sure you are in a safe area to practice

An open space, free of cars or other obstacles, is the best place to practice. A wide stretch of pavement that is flat, such as an empty parking lot or cul-de-sac, gives the child the room they need to learn how to ride their bike safely. Make sure your child won’t have to cross any streets once they get going, especially if they are still learning to brake.

Make sure you lend a hand and know when to let go

Once your child is ready to take off, hold onto the bike frame gently for guidance. It may be difficult to know when to let go. Some children may be eager and take off right away. Others may need more help. Listen to your child and use your best judgment to determine when it’s time to let them ride unassisted. Always stay close when they’re first learning to make sure they don’t need more help.

If you are looking for more bike riding tips in Naples, FL, or if you’re ready to purchase your child’s first bike, stop by Big Momma’s Bicycles. We’re ready to help your child find the bike that will help them make amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

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