Your first taste of freedom was probably on a bike; no longer was it just across the street to Johnny’s house, you could now explore the whole neighborhood and still be home for the streetlights thanks to your trusty bike. A well-designed kids bike makes a difference. They are lighter, fit better, adjust easier, and just simply work better than their department store counterparts. By getting your child a proper mini bicycle you set them up for a summer of adventure.
Trade Back Policy
Because we don’t sell disposable bikes at Cycling Elements, your children’s bikes will still have life left in them after they outgrow them. Once your family is finished with your mini bicycle, simply trade it back for a discount on the next bike. We offer 50% of the original purchase price as a discount on the new bike you are trading up to. So if you bought a $300 16inch bike one year, that becomes $150 off the 20inch bike they will need in the future. Looking at it closely, its actually cheaper to buy a good bike and keep trading it in rather than buying a department store bike and throwing it out after you’re done!
It’s always best to have your child sit on the bike or try on the helmet to confirm a safe sizing, but here are some guides to help along the way. Also, note the 14 and 18-inch wheel bikes found in department stores are often not needed when looking at properly designed kids bikes from an independent bike shop.
Also called balance bikes, these pint-sized bicycles will teach balance and control for your young rider. By removing the pedals, your youngster only needs to learn one skill at a time, making the whole process easier and more fun. As soon as they can safely fit a helmet and stand over the mini bike, as young as 16 months, they are ready to start learning. And from then on, they are good to go: runners can ride on dirt, pavement, gravel. Anywhere you would ride your bike, your child can ride along too. Don’t bother with so-called “training wheels”; go for the option that will help develop their skills right from the start.
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Tips for Teaching
Depending on your child’s personality this may be one of the easiest experiences of their young life or one of the funny stories you will tell at their wedding. Either way, here are some tips to make it easier for all of you.
- Wear a properly fitting helmet (you too if you’re on your bike as well)
- Go to a quiet spot like a school parking lot on the weekend
- Pavement can be smoother and easier for learning
- Look for a gentle downward slope, this will help them build momentum
- One skill at a time: Balance, Steering, Braking, and then Pedaling (see run bike)
- Have them chase you by running in front. This teaches the basic rule: you go where you look
- Set the seat height so the ball of their foot touches the ground while seated
- Make sure they can reach the brakes by using the reach adjustment screw
- Short Sessions
- Ditch the training wheels