Starting Your Household Biking Journey



As mother and father, many people bear in mind the wind in our faces and the thrills of driving bikes round our neighborhoods and native parks as kids. These pleased reminiscences are one thing we would like our personal kids to expertise for themselves. Plus, driving bikes is nice train and will get us and our children exterior, so what’s there to not love?

Hike it Child is happy to share a three-part weblog sequence all about biking together with your kids. Yup, you learn that proper, with your kids. However, by no means worry! Whether or not you’re nonetheless contemplating biking as a household exercise or simply beginning out, you bike recreationally already, otherwise you wish to take your loved ones biking to the following stage, we’ve obtained you coated!

The primary submit is all about starting your loved ones biking journey. The second is for many who bike recreationally or wish to start doing so. And the third is for many who bike often or wish to do extra biking as a household.



Starting Your Household Biking Journey

For many people, driving bikes was one thing we did as children and never one thing we essentially continued into maturity. This doesn’t imply you can’t grow to be a biking household. All of us begin someplace, proper? All you must do to start biking as a household is make the choice to do it. It truly is that straightforward.

And whereas it is vitally easy to choose, there are clearly some upfront prices related to biking, particularly if you don’t already personal bikes. Shopping for second-hand is an incredible solution to get high quality bikes with out breaking the financial institution, particularly when you’re simply beginning out. That is true for grownup bikes, in addition to child peddle bikes, steadiness bikes, bike seats, and bike trailers.

After getting the bikes (and helmets) all you do is discover a bike-friendly place to trip round collectively. Listed below are some straightforward locations that the majority city areas have:

  • Your neighborhood
  • Greenways or bike paths
  • Native parks


Biking with infants

There are such a lot of fantastic methods to bike collectively as a household. In case you have a child or younger baby, there are bike seats and bike trailers that assist your little people get pleasure from biking with you and get used to biking basically. Each seats and trailers can maintain kids as much as about 40 lbs, relying on the model, to allow them to be used for a very long time. 

If you happen to go along with a motorbike seat for infants, they’re proper on the bike with you, so it’s straightforward to speak and share all of the belongings you see with one another. The Burley Dash Seat is a brilliant secure possibility for infants and younger kids.

If you’re on the lookout for a extra versatile set of wheels, the bike trailer could also be a great possibility for you. Many bike trailers, just like the Burley Honey Bee can be utilized as a stroller and bike trailer. This selection permits you to take your kids on each strolling and biking adventures! 

There are age restrictions on bike seats and trailers, so ensure to triple test your child can trip safely.



Biking with younger kids

As soon as your kids are sufficiently old for their very own set of wheels, there are a few choices to get them began. Steadiness bikes are nice for toddlers and actually younger kids to realize confidence in themselves and discover ways to steadiness and deal with steering a motorbike with out worrying about peddling.

In truth, after studying about  the advantages of steadiness bikes from a Hike it Child sponsor, one HiB household began their kids’s biking journey early:

“My oldest had his first steadiness bike at 18 months. By the point he was 4, he was driving his bike with pedals. We began my youngest the identical means, and he’s additionally on a pedal bike as a 4 yr previous.” – Keira Wickliffe Berger

If you happen to start with this, remember most youngsters will be unable to maintain up with an grownup bike, and so in lots of instances steadiness bike outings (particularly when simply beginning out) will imply the mother and father are strolling whereas the toddler rides. Additionally, remember you possibly can let your kids get pleasure from biking on their very own and nonetheless strap them right into a seat or trailer to take them on longer rides. You are able to do each, and your kids will adore it all!



In case you have older children who’re able to peddle, you possibly can go on longer adventures collectively, however this would be the subject of the following biking weblog, discovered right here.

Regardless of how you start your biking journey, the vital factor with beginning out is to take quick journeys and modify to suit how lengthy your younger kids benefit from the exercise. 

Pictures by Jessica Human and Laura Castro.



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