Learning to ride: how to help your kids

Little boys in bicycle helmets

Helping a child learn how to ride a bike can sometimes be thrown aside as an easy task, but to ensure your child learns safely and still enjoys it is more complicated than it sounds.

With a balance bike, some of the steps are easier as the child has more control over the bike, making the transition to a proper bike much quicker and easier.

Holding onto the seat

The stereotypical notion of running alongside your child holding onto their seat and finally letting go is nearly as old as bicycles themselves, but is this the right thing to do? Not really!

When you are only holding onto the seat you have no control over their steering and only minimal control over their balance. Of course, balance bikes help to overcome the balance problem more than a conventional bike.

A better way of helping your child learn is to hold their shoulders, this allows the child to still feel in control, yet the parent is able to jump in and help with steering and balance when necessary.

Don’t forget brakes

Brakes, obviously, are an essential feature of a bike and one that your child needs to understand and have full control over.

Now you don’t want to let your child loose on an open road or even worse – downhill without knowing how to use their brakes.

The easiest and the simplest way to teach your child the strength of a brake is to have two people stand opposite each other letting the child ride between each adult.

With a decent gap between you, the child can still pick up pace yet still be in reaching distance to catch them if they were to fall.

Short and sweet

Children get distracted easily and they also get bored quite easily so when teaching your child how to ride a bike you want to avoid making it dull and lengthy.

Make ‘training’ sessions as fun and rewarding as possible, take them to a nice park where they have plenty of space to learn and roam around.

Don’t spend hours in one session trying to teach your child how to ride, instead spend half an hour to an hour for a couple of evenings a week or at the weekends. This also gives them something else to look forward to – wanting to ride a bike, not having to learn.

Praise is key

It’s a well-known fact that kids learn when being praised for doing something right – so why not bring this aspect into teaching them to learn how to ride a bike?

Praise will boost the child’s confidence to get back up and ride again, and again, until they are happy and confident to keep on riding.

It is inevitable that your child will tumble at some point when learning to ride but it is essential that you get them back on the bike again so that they do not become afraid of riding.

No one is perfect and each child learns at different speeds, but giving them praise when they get back up will fuel their confidence.

The Boomer Balance Bike is the bike that grows with your child. With an attachable chainset and pedals, the bike is ready when your child is ready to go from balancing to cycling!

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