Why Teach Your Kids to Ride Bikes

Why Teach Your Kids to Ride Bikes

Is there anything more memorable for a child learning how to ride a bike for the first time with two wheels? Learning to ride a bike brings back vivid memories from Christmas gifts wrapped with ribbons of helmets and shin pads, and invokes memories of bubbling along the road while your mum or dad holds the bottom of the bike to help you to stay balanced. 

It was something every child wanted to master and when your child’s friends get all the training wheels taken off you’re going to want to know how to help them to learn how to ride a bike. We are able to commute to work with the ebikes these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy traditional bikes for your child to learn. Here are some of the reasons that you should allow your child to learn to ride a bike and you should help them do it.

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  • It’s such an achievement. What child doesn’t love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from learning to ride a bike for the first time? Kids love to accomplish things on their own, and when they achieve a goal it boosts their confidence in a big way. The same applies to riding a bike. Usually, children begin with training wheels so that they can lead to balance. Once they’ve mastered pedaling and they must have their training wheels, you might take off one of those training wheels to help them to learn how to balance further. It’s only then you can take off both and start teaching them how to maintain that center of balance with two wheels.
  • It can build both legs and core muscles. Exercise is so important for growing children and when they learn how to ride a bike they are not just doing it to enjoy themselves. They are developing stronger core and leg muscles that they’re really going to enjoy building. Children have to really learn how to balance and it’s not just about where their hands are placed, but the way that the size sits on the bike and the way that their bodies can hold themselves upright.
  • They feel like they fit. Social contact for children is so important, and learning to ride a bike is going to help them to feel like they fit in. They want to fit in with their friends and they want to make sure that they are able to join in with any bike riding and going over to their friends’ homes. When your child learns to ride a bike, they are learning to do something big for themselves, and you should encourage that.
  • They can get around. When children learn to ride their bikes they are going to be able to go to the park and to their friends’ homes by themselves or with you by their side. They might even start riding to school.
  • Biking is healthy. It’s a simple way for children to run errands.
  • They might even learn to cycle professionally.

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