While it is great to be able to take your children along on your ebike, there will come a time when you want them to learn to ride so they can pedal alongside you. While riding can of course be very fun for your children, their safety is paramount. It is important to teach them with patience and in an area with minimal risk—one with no cars and a softer surface to fall on. In the past few years, new children’s balance bikes, along with better helmets and safety pads, have made teaching the joy of riding a bike to children much easier than it was in the past.
The balance bike has revolutionized the way that children learn to ride bikes. Rather than starting your children off immediately with a full bicycle and training wheels, the balance bike teaches your children to focus on the fundamentals of riding a bike: balance and steering. Whereas training wheels can teach bad habits and require many skills to be learned at once, balance bikes allow your children to start learning at a younger age through a simple, holistic process. Look for a balance bike with adjustable handlebar and seat height so you children can use them as they grow.
Riding with a helmet is always important. It is especially crucial as your children learn to ride a bicycle, as they are in essential moments of development. While learning to ride with a balance bike can minimize the possibility of falling, there is always a chance, and it is better to err on the side of caution. Look for a helmet with adjustable points to ensure proper fit and to maximize safety.
A scraped knee or palm could easily end in tears and leave your children dissuaded from learning to ride their bicycle. You can minimize this risk with protective gear, designed to insulate your children from risk with protection on their elbows, knees, and hands. Coupled with a properly fitting helmet, protective gear will leave your children bundled and safe. Look for protective gear that comes as a full set, and in many colors to encourage your children to want to get out on the bike.