How to Get Your Kids Interested in Cycling

with RADKA KAHLEFELDT, Liv Racing Athlete

One of the most important things you can give your little ones is a love of exercising. This good habit will provide for them throughout their whole life. You and your partner are the heroes in your kids’ eyes and everything you do they also want to do. So you’re an example for them.

I am so grateful I can do my favourite sport, triathlon, for a living. My two-year-old daughter Ruby can see me training everyday. When I go for a bike ride, she knows it is fun and she wants to ride too. My husband Brad and I also make sure she gets the chance to really go and enjoy the sport. Not too much, just so that she is happy.

Photo courtesy Langhammer Photography @langhammer.photography

Developing a Love of Riding

We got over-excited and got Ruby a Liv Pre balance bike already for her first birthday. It may have been too early, but she loved it even though she couldn’t ride it yet. She was proud to have a bike like mum and daddy and learned all about the spinning wheels, bars, and saddle.

Ruby’s first introduction to bike riding was when we bought a baby bike seat; I think this was an important step. While Brad or I were running, the other would ride along on the bike with Ruby sitting on the back. Being able to spend the time on the bike with us, she learned how much fun you can have on the bike and developed a love for riding at a young age.

A couple of important notes for riding with a child in a bike seat:

Teaching How to Ride a Balance Bike

The best way to start teaching your child to ride is by balancing on the bike. The first step is to have them stand and walk with the bike between their legs. Then, have them sit and slowly push off the ground using their feet. Finally, they will realise when their legs can’t keep up with the speed of the bike they can just lift their feet and go.

We are on the final step with Ruby now. The most helpful thing for us was to have her ride with a friend who is a few months older to show her how fast he can go and how he lifted his feet. Ruby automatically copied it and she had lots of fun.

Here are a few tips for teaching your child how to ride on a balance bike:

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