Getting Ready to Teach a Child How to Ride
Let's get kids excited about riding bikes!
Choosing a Kid’s Bike
Don't buy a too-large bike that your child will eventually "grow into."
Getting the correct fit is making sure that your child can stand over the top tube with both feet planted on the ground. They should feel comfortable and in control of the bike at all times.
Choosing and Fitting a Bike Helmet
The bike helmet should sit level across the middle of the forehead, no more than 1" above the eyebrows. If the helmet sits high on the forehead, or moves more than 1" when you push the helmet from side to side or front to back, you need to adjust the fit or you may need to buy a different size.
Where to Teach Bike Riding
Choose a traffic-free area where a child can learn to ride safely. Find a place that is large, flat, smooth and paved. Try a driveway, park path, school blacktop or empty parking lot. Empty tennis or basketball courts work as well!
Preparing the Bike
Try balancing first, and pedaling second. Balance bikes works great for this, but it's no problem if you start them off with pedals. Make sure the seat is adjusted properly for their height. Then, make sure the tires are inflated and ready to roll.