Getting your little ones on a bike for the first time is an intimidating prospect. Learning to ride is something that many of us take for granted and even fewer can remember what it was like to learn.
At Adventure we’ve worked hard to help educate parents about the best way to get young children riding bikes which is where balance bikes come in.
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Balance bikes Vs stabilisers
Balance bikes look just like regular bikes but without the pedals and research has shown us that children that ride them progress to pedal bikes at a much younger age than those learning with the more traditional stabilisers. Chances are that if you learned to ride a bike more than 5 years ago, it would have been with stabilisers.
While stabilisers are fantastic, they only teach youngsters how to pedal and not how to balance. When children progress to lose stabilisers they then have to learn a completely new aspect. Everyone is familiar with the iconic image of a parent running behind a bike with a hand on the saddle, followed by utter panic after letting go and watching their unbalanced child veering off into a bush.
Balance bikes teach children how to balance first and pedal second, which is safer and gives them far more confidence.
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Finding the right balance bike
There are a couple of things to look out for when buying a balance bike to get the correct size frame and make sure the weights are correct. The bike should not weigh more than a third of your child’s weight otherwise it will be too heavy for them to move properly. Obviously the lighter the bike, the easier it will be to carry home once your child gets too tired too.
The Adventure Zooom, for example, is for children aged two to four and has two seat posts of differing heights so that it can grow as a toddler does. It also has a powerful rear brake should little feet need some stopping assistance and it is incredibly lightweight at only 5kg. It will serve you and your child perfectly through those early days of getting on the bike.
If you’re taking a Eurocamp holiday, a Learn to Ride session is the perfect opportunity to get your little ones peddling.