Top tips for teaching your child to ride their first bike from The Little Bike Company and a few of our friends. A list of great resources that we hope you will find useful as a parent.
If you do have any questions then do call or email Beth or Simon Timlett the owners of The Little Bike Company, we know our stuff when it comes to lightweight kids bikes and also competitive cycling, so I’m sure we’ll be able to help.
We’ll get straight to it – we really hate stabilisers, find out why in this useful post for parents with kids that are keen to get their hands on their first bike.
We take a look at the pros and cons of balance bike brakes here
How long is a piece of string? In this post you will find some useful info on deciding when the time is right for your child to start cycling.
Practical advice for teaching your child to pedal.
We followed Patrick, age 5 on his adventure learning to ride his first ever bike – in this post we show how to tell if a bike fits a child properly. On our website we have a useful inside leg guide if you want to check the range of bikes that your child is ready for.
It’s not just theory – we armed Patrick and his Mum with our tips and they managed to get Patrick pedalling on his own – watch the amazing moment when he rides off unaided!
In this post we see the next steps, braking and steering all take time to conquer.
It sounds silly but some first kids bikes are actually heavier than adult road bikes! Take a look at our interesting findings before you decide which bike to buy for your child.
Cycling Safety Tips for Kids
It’s vital to get this right, kids heads are precious and they tend to fall off a lot more than adults!
Encourage your kids to keep their bikes in tip top condition with this guide
It goes without saying that your kids need to be fully aware of the dangers of riding at dusk – this post shows you what you need to keep them safe.
Sustrans has written a brilliant guide to keeping kids safe on the road
Cycling with babies and Toddlers
Why a front mounted child seat may be a better option than a rear seat.
Cycle Sprog have a great deal of useful information if you are on the verge of buying a bike trailer for your kids.
It’s wise to be prepared for all eventualities when cycling with a toddler – Sustrans has some good tips for what you should have with you.
Great article here from Cycle Sprog, it’s a serious worry for some mothers to be – what’s most important maintaining fitness or not risking a tumble?
For older kids – More serious Cycling!
Practical advice – Beth Timlett the owner of the Little Bike Company is a triathlete herself so she knows exactly what will work best for you and your kids.
From age 4 up, Youth Cycle Sport has created a check list of how to encourage your child to get involved in competitive cycling
When kids do more than cycle to the park, cycling gear can really help maximise their time on the bike – cycling jerseys are not just for middle aged men!
Great tips for getting kids ready for a triathlon
These are excellent tips from Saddle Skedaddle, the cycling holiday experts – some practical advice you may not have thought of and hopefully you wont be put off the idea – a cycling holiday with the kids is great fun.