Learning to ride a bicycle is something that almost everyone has done and many of us remember the first time we felt able to balance on the 2 wheels.
However, most of us have learned it when we were very young and we are not aware of the process or the keys that can make the learning process easier.
It is also true that the bicycle sector has evolved a lot in recent years and currently the process of learning to ride a bike has changed a lot with the appearance of “balance bikes” (bicycles without pedals), and the use of training wheels is increasingly scarce and less and less recommended for the process.
The fundamental key in any learning process is to have good support in the process and it is for this reason that we are going to review 10 keys that can help us accompany the little ones to make their first pedal strokes on 2 wheels:
Choose the right bike:
Make sure that the bicycle is the right size for the cyclist. It is important that for the first pedaling the feet touch the ground well to maintain balance. Do not mount training wheels on the bicycle. The training wheels delay the process of maintaining balance, which currently with the use of pedalless bicycles is something that the little ones already have integrated. It is important to check first that the bicycle brakes are adequate and allow the little ones to stop the bicycle safely when necessary.
Emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet and other safety equipment.
Find a safe, open, flat area, such as an empty parking lot or a quiet street.
Balance and coordination:
You can start with activities that improve balance and coordination. Activities such as walking on a line or standing on one foot can help.
Have him practice moving on the bicycle without pedaling. This will help you get used to the bike and maintain your balance.
Once you feel comfortable doing the “scooter”, introduce pedaling. Start on a flat, smooth surface.
Practice starting and stopping:
Teach you how to start and stop with the brakes. Make sure you are comfortable braking and coming to a complete stop.
Turn and direction:
Practice turning and handling the bike. Start with gentle turns and make them steeper as you gain confidence.
Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain. Go from a flat surface to gentle slopes.
Praise and positive reinforcement are crucial. Celebrate small successes and progress.
Practice, practice, practice:
Constant practice is essential. The more time they spend riding, the more confident they will feel.