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Isn’t it the best feeling when your child learns to ride his first bike? It gets even better if you were his teacher! These small memories are things that kids and parents cherish throughout their lives. While it can take a while for your little one to get the hang of it, it’s the journey that matters.
Learning to ride a bike may take a few falls and even a trick or two to get it right initially. To make riding easy, plenty of riding gear options are available that make the process faster. Plus, there are several easy to ride bicycles with support, bicycle seat accessories etc. to safeguard your child while learning. You can keep adding to this list to make his experience better. Accessories like a baby bike seat, training wheels, rain covers for harsh weathers etc. will pique his interest and keep up the training sessions. You may want to keep up with the consistency though. Don’t do it for a couple of days and then forget about it. Proper training for a minimum of two to three weeks will work out well.
Begin by investing in a good bicycle, a toddler bike seat, and bike seat accessories. Let your kid try on a few and see if his legs reach the ground so he can support himself. Also, check the make, safety measures, and convenience for storing it in the garage/house. For safety reasons, bicycle seat accessories are another essential part. Make sure the bike has one that offers comfort and ample space for seating. There is a special child bike seat that some places sell that is easy for kids and flexible too. Before you decide, read enough child bike seat reviews online to get a fair idea. Always ensure you consider your child viewpoints and considerations before making a choice.
Focus on the right bicycle, child bike seat, and proper training wheels. The bicycle child seat accessories play a significant role in making bike-riding easy and comfortable for your child. Of course, with these in place, the element of learning to ride gets easier. The toddler bike seat or child bike seat should be the right size for your child, and the training wheels should support the movement. Teach your kid the proper practices to ensure safety right from the beginning. Take a few minutes out at the start of each lesson and show them how the accessories are to be used. Once kids get used to something, they will invariably do it each time they ride.
Teaching your child about some common rode signals is the next step. Help him to identify ‘STOP’ and ‘GO’ signs on roads and follow specific riding rules. Another good option is to have them sit on the seat beside you while in the car so you can teach them basic road rules. Honk, stop, wait, allow people on zebra crossing to move, slowing down at turns, etc. Moral safety rules are one of the first steps in teaching a lifetime of following and observing rules and guidelines. Remember that children learn by watching, so it’s an excellent option to do it yourself first.
Follow up on the bike maintenance schedules from time to time and introduce it to your child too. Teach them how to identify a flat tire, taking care of the bicycle baby seat, issues with breaks, oiling and so on. It is highly recommended to have fortnightly cleaning and maintenance timetables to make sure the bike works flawlessly. A young child may not be able to identify issues in his/her bike. But as they grow older, teach them how to check some basic things each time they plan to ride the bike. This again is helpful by learning, so practise doing it yourself when you start from home.
Another good idea when your child is comfortable in riding on his own is to ensure other kids accompany him. Try setting up a time every day when the kids in your neighbourhood can meet up and cycle for a while. When in a group, kids tend to stick together and look out for each other, making the experience both enjoyable and safe. For starters, you can ask them to ride in your backyard first. They can share things on how to get better and enjoy the company as well. However, ensure they focus and avoid distractions when in a group. Other parents can also tag along to see how they’re doing. Everyone can take turn to have a group of kids in their backyards and see to them.
Accessories add to the safety of your child’s bike. Plus, they also push him to keep riding the bike. Feel free to choose them as per your kid’s preferences. You can choose the accessories that they like. This pushes them to wear it while rising. It is a good idea to take them along when shopping for accessories. Or ask them to come and take a look when you’re choosing them online. Here are some of the basic ones to focus on.
Have your child wear colourful and bright clothing so they can be distinguished. This is especially helpful in crowded neighbourhoods. Always mark a zone where they can cycle. Eliminate significant roads in this map and stick to the garden, front porch, lawns, etc. Accompanying your kid while he cycles are essential unless it's in your backyard. Always walk alongside him in areas that involve roads and other vehicles. Likewise, cycling yourself to give him some company is also a great idea. Eliminate the need to use headphones or any other distractions while cycling.