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HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TO RIDE A BIKE ?

Cycling | How To Teach A Child To Ride A Bike

Kids learn to ride a bicycle through several phases: how to balance, brake, and pedal. Let's teach a kid to ride a bike!

A full programme for helping children eager to go and have fun on their bike!

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1. Taming the bike

When the bike has been carefully chosen and adjusted to the child's height (the child's back should be straight and both feet flat on the floor), get your young cyclist in the saddle.

Staying still, show them the locations of the pedals, brakes, etc. Let them tame the beast!

You can then continue the observation stage by putting the bike upside down:
- Before you teach a kid how to ride a bike, you can then show them the purpose of pedalling (as it is pedalling which turns the wheels!) and the brakes (by pressing the handles, the wheels stop moving)

Tips for best braking methods:
- Use both front and rear brakes to slow your bike down (Best practice: Move your weight back when you braking, it can avoid the body forward to fly out)
- Front Braking: Strong braking force, able to slow down over short distances (If used the brake too hard, there will be a chance of turning over)
- Rear Braking: Braking force is softer than the head brake and is easier to handle (If used the brake too hard, there will be a chance of lock the tyres and lose balance force)

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TO TEACH THEM FINDING AND KEEPING THEIR BALANCE

2. Finding and keeping their balance

If you teach a child who is older than 3/4 years and has never used a balance bike to ride a bike
- You can try removing the pedals from their bike to turn it into a homemade balance bike.

It's a good way to help them learn to find their balance and learn to ride their bike like the big kids.

The most important things to teach a kid to ride a bike for this stage are:
- Explain that the bike will go in the direction they are looking (avoid falling off the bike)
- When they have understood the principles of staying balanced, the next element to add is speed

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3. Learn to push off

A key step!~Try it out using the "1, 2, 3 go" game.~The aim of the game: Pushing off on your own.

Then proceed step by step: ~  - Push with the feet (like on a balance bike) for three seconds~  - Lift the feet onto the pedals~  - Pedal! You can play by varying the number of seconds you give them to lift their feet: it could be 4 seconds, sometimes 6…

When you teach a child to ride a bike, you should also remind them to always pedal and give them the rhythm: “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal…”.

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LET'S GO TO CYCLING !

4. Following a route

 Your child knows how to start, pedal, and brake, and that's great.But sooner or later, 
they will need to turn or avoid an obstacle.

You can start by giving them goals, always in the form of a game: 
 - You can use cones, trees, the house at the end of the road... with only one push-off 
 - The "going on holiday" game can also be helpful

Aim: 
Continue making them understand that, like with balance, they need to look where they are going.

Set up 3 cones, each representing 3 places to go on holiday.The blue is the beach. The yellow is the mountains. The white is the pool.

Ask them where they would like to go first and remind them need to always look in that direction.

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