Everyone remembers their first bike and who taught them to ride it. If the time's come to pass on all you've learned to your little one and buy them their first set of wheels, we've put together a handy guide to help you out.
When it comes to kids' bikes, the choice can be overwhelming. The right type for your little one will depend on factors like their age, height, weight and obviously taste, but here are some general things to consider:
It's so important your child wears a helmet while riding to protect their head, especially when they're getting to grips with the bike, as there's likely to be a few wobbles! A helmet that doesn't fit right will be uncomfortable, but that might be hard to tell if they've never worn one before. So, here's what you should do:
Both kids' and adult bikes are a hot pick for thieves, whether they're a high spec or not. You're bound to plan lots of family bike rides once you're little one has mastered the basics, so be sure to invest in quality locks.
Cycling Weekly suggests aiming to spend 10% of the value of the bike on a quality lock, with cable-chains and D-locks being the most popular options for bigger bikes. D-locks might be too heavy or big for kids' bikes, so a quality cable lock should do the trick.
Bikeability is the only government-recognised cycling scheme in the UK, helping kids to perfect their pedalling skills and build their confidence on the road. Some schools have signed up to the scheme, but if yours hasn't, you can find a course provide near you and book some sessions.
Cycling is great fun and encourages your child to lead a healthy lifestyle. With these top tips, they'll own a brilliant first bike that'll help them become a pedalling professional in no time!
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