BLOG: LEARN TO RIDE Part 2 - Getting Started

Author: Strider Admin   Date Posted:26 July 2018 

How To Teach a Child or Adult to Ride

 

1. Adjust the bike to fit the child.

Set the saddle height so the child's feet are flat on the ground and both knees have a slight bend when seated. A good starting point is 3cm less than the child's inseam. Set the handlebar height with respect to the saddle. If the saddle is at its lowest setting, set the handlebar also to its lowest setting, etc. Kids grow quickly so adjust accordingly.

 

2. Be a Cheerleader, Not a Coach.

Simply encourage and praise your child while they learn to balance and ride.

 

3. Let the Child Set the Pace.

Some kids jump on the bike and go, go, go. Other kids are more cautious. This is okay! Their security is in their feet on the ground, and we want them to feel secure. As they get comfortable walking around with the bike between their legs and working the handlebar, they will start to trust the bike and the saddle.

 

4. Support the child - Not the Bike.

We instinctively want to help the child by holding onto the bike to keep it from tipping. Don't do this. The child must be allowed to feel the bike tip sideways to be able to learn how to keep it from tipping . If the child needs assurance, simply walk next to them and hang onto the back of their shirt so that they can feel safe.

 

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