Experts note that the task of parents is to buy a quality bicycle and the right equipment for a novice cyclist, teach a child the elementary safety rules on the road, and train him to ride a personal transport properly.
Thanks to all this, cycling will bring the kid maximum enjoyment without consequences in the form of bruises, abrasions, and concussions.
Remember, children under 14 cannot ride a bike on roads and streets, only on special bike lanes and closed areas for vehicles.
You need to know these rules before you choose a balance bike for your child.
- Try to inform the child that the bicycle is not a toy at all, but the most realistic means of transportation, and it is not allowed to drive around on it.
- It is the responsibility of every rider to check tires, brakes, and damage. If you carry out these checks with your child, you can teach them to recognize possible problems and solve them.
- Only one child can ride a children’s bike, no passengers. Otherwise, the “iron horse” can easily lose balance.
- It is necessary to drive only in the direction of motion, but not against the stream.
- Young cyclists better ride in bright clothes with reflective stripes. If we are talking about pants, they should not be too wide and long, otherwise, they can “chew” the chain of a children’s bicycle. Shoes as comfortable and closed.
- Helmet – this item can save the child’s health and even life. Some kids are embarrassed to appear in a helmet in front of their peers, so try to buy such a children’s helmet that the child will like. The size of the protective headgear should correspond to the head circumference, the helmet “for growth” will crawl and dangle. Good ventilation, belt adjustment, and product safety standards are also important. When buying, pay attention to the color of the helmet – it should be bright, noticeable to other road users.
- Knee pads and elbow pads will help avoid abrasions and bruises on the knees and elbows.
- Reflectors and lights for a bicycle are needed to make the cyclist and his transport more visible to other road users.
- It is important to teach the child to fall off the bike correctly in case of a critical situation. It is better to seek advice from an instructor.
- The frame should be at least 7 cm lower than the height of the groin of a child standing on the ground. This is necessary in order to avoid dangerous injuries to the groin area. The height of the bicycle seat should be such that the child can normally reach with the straight leg to the pedal in the lower position, while his foot should stand on it by the middle part.
- To ensure a safe ride, a properly selected bike should be in accordance with the height, age, and sex of the child.
The task of the parents is to acquaint the child with the full list of cyclist rules and basic safety criteria. Proper training will make it possible already in a more adult age to ride an iron horse on their own, confidently and safely.