An Easier Way Of Teaching Bike Riding To A Child (Part 2)
Many people waste a lot of efforts in teaching a kid to ride a cycle. The child and the parents both realize that it is a difficult job. Before starting to teach a child the act of cycling, it is important to understand why it is difficult to learn a bicycle. It is due to attempting to do all three actions of balancing, steering and pedaling together simultaneously. Try to split these, and you will realize that it is quite eaier to teach or learn a bicycle. Give the following steps a try andif you find them useful, please give your feedback in the comments section.
- Choose a soft grassy lawn or garden having a small slope (Not a hill, but a plain area having some slope).
- Instruct the kid how to stop the vehicle by applying both the brakes simultaneously.
- Then adjust the seat post of the bike so that the rider child is able to stand across the seat with his or her feet touching the ground comfortably.
- Initially hold the bike from behind and lightli push the bike.
- After covering some distance, leave the bike and encourage the rider to balance and steer.
- The rider need not pedal, the bike will roll on its own due to slope.
- Repeat this action several times.
- After many attempts the child will succed in steering and balancing the bicycle.
- Next step is to add the action of pedaling.
- Within a few days the child will learn to ride the bicycle with confidance.
- These steps are also applicable to adults who want to learn cycling.
When the child is able to fully coordinate all the three skills of pedaling, steering and balancing, what you need to do now is just keep a watch on the child for safety. Next step is to instruct him or her to be aware of the surround traffic or people or even dogs.
Having a kids bicycle with training wheels or supporting wheels is a good idea, but initially you should support as explained above. The benefit of training wheels is that balancing is aided by them. Even with these bikes, there are traffic issues, if the child is very young.
Points to remember:
- Be vigilant on the kid while it is cycling. If your attention is diverted, safety of the child is endangered
- Let your attention be not diverted by chatting with friends while the child is cycling, pay full attention
- Choose a road which is not busy with traffic
- Backyard of the house or some corridor also may be OK.
How to choose a child's bicycle size: Use the chart below:
Important models of Hercules BSA Champ kids bicycle are: Kitty, Sparky, Sun Dancer, Toonz, Birdy, Twinkle, Dinosaur, Orbot, 707, Biker etc.
On this page some of these Hercules Champ Bicyles Features and Price are presented. BSA Champ bicycle specifications and prices are as per the Hercules Cycles website.
(Reference Bsa Hercules Champs Kids Bicycles 2 page id
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