With the Spring season upon us it is the perfect time to get the little ones out and active with our Cub Balance Bike. However, getting the hang of riding on two wheels can be a little tricky at first. Which is why we put this list together of 3 easy steps to teach your youngin' how to ride a balance bike.
Step 1: Finding the perfect fit
They key to two wheeled success is making sure that you have setup up the balance bike to fit your little munchkin. To do this you want to set the saddle height so your child's feet are flat on the ground while allowing for both knees to have a slight bend in them when they are seated. Next you want to set the handle bar height according to the newly found saddle height. For example, if the saddle is at it's lowest setting the handlebars should be set to the lowest setting as well. This is to ensure comfort and a safe riding stance. Lastly let's not forget that kids grow quickly so you may want to adjust the bike every couple of months to insure a proper fit.
Step 2: Let the child set the pace
Our Cub is simple enough that your child were more then likely throw their leg over the bike and get to moving. However, your child may not sit on the seat at first and that is completely natural. At this point your child feels secure on their feet but may not feel the same when sitting on the saddle. As they get comfortable walking around with the bike between their and using the handlebars to steer they will eventually start to trust the saddle and will be up and riding with their feet up in no time. Older kids will get to this point in minutes while younger kids may take a few weeks.
Step 3: Support the child, NOT the bike
Although it may be instinctive to help your child by holding onto the bicycle to keep them from falling, this may hinder their ability to learn how to balance. The point of our Balance Bikes are to, well, learn balance! This means the child must be allowed to feel the bike tip in order to be able to learn how to keep it from tipping and maintaining balance. This can be achieved by walking behind or next to your child and hold onto their chest, under their arms, or onto the back of their t-shirt so that they can feel safe. This approach will help your child learn the basic concept of keeping the bike balanced and centered until your assistance will no longer be needed. They grow up so fast don't they!
Keep these 3 simple steps in mind for the warmer months ahead and be sure to take the time to enjoy sharing this experience with your child. And if your looking for a bike for yourself be sure to check out our full line of Critical Cycles Bikes HERE!