When I learnt to ride a bike over 30 years ago now, things were a little different to how they are these days. My dad taught me to ride my bike down the side of our house. It was a hill, OK a slope, down to a busy corner, maybe it just felt like a hill when I was little.
There were no helmets back in those days. My dad would get me to push my bike up the slope, then I’d get on and start riding down the hill with him holding the back of the seat.
After a few goes he let go of the seat about halfway down.
All was fine until I realised he was no longer holding on to me, I wobbled and fell off.
Things are a bit different these days. I’d never let the children ride a bike or scooter without a helmet and we try to ride in quite safe spots like cycle paths and country walks, at least to begin with.
The big kids had scooters first before a bike with stabilisers. They were quite reluctant with their bikes initially, as they had nailed their scooters so well. Although they are both great at bike riding now, they’d probably still chose their scooters over their bikes as they can now do tricks and all sorts on their scooters.
The little boys have also had scooters, but they started with a micro scooter with a seat. The natural progression from there is to a balance bike as there are similarities in how both are used. I remember balance bikes being around when the big kids were toddlers but as they were the new thing then the prices were sky high so I never felt I could justify getting one.
These days I am pleased to say that they are MUCH more affordable, take the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bikes for example, these are priced at £49.99 and superb quality. They are weighty enough that they feel sturdy and well constructed but still lightweight enough that little people can push them around easily.
The Y Velo Balance bikes have no pedals or training wheels and have just enough stability that will teach children how to balance on a bike. These make superb first bikes for little tots but if you are looking for something for an older child, or like my older children, yours prefer a scooter, then Yvolution have a huge range of products to choose from and they really do seem to be a brand you can trust.
Putting this little first bike together really couldn’t be more simple, I did think I had put the handlebars on back to front after being distracted by my little helpers but I think that was a false alarm.
The seat and handlebars go down really low so if your tots are extra tiny for their age like ours then they can still enjoy the bikes. Little protests like this one are commonplace but all part of the learning process for little legs.
Summer is coming it seems, at least we’ve now had two consecutive warm days here, so that counts as summer right? So it’s a great time to get outside with your children and choose a new bike.
Promoting good balance can be so beneficial at this age for all sorts of things, but one of the great things balance bikes offer as well is independence!