Passing on the Gift: 3 Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Biking, Too

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kids ride bicycleWhen you were a kid, bike rides at the park or around your neighbourhood and beyond meant complete freedom. It meant going to the library, the park, and the local pool without an adult. Back then, learning to ride a bike was a rite of passage.

You went from being a small child to a big kid who went out in search of personal adventures. Now that you are a parent, it’s time to let your own kid experience the same kind of thrill.

Here are some ways to make them love biking, too:

Take Advantage of Their Early Years

The golden days of bike riding is during childhood, so make sure the same will be true for your kids.

Here’s what you need to do: ride the bike mid-morning or in the late afternoon when the kids often nap. Put them on a bike trailer; they will fall asleep and you can pedal—blissfully—through a three-hour ride. They will feel accustomed to it later on. When they’re not sleeping, the motion and changing scenery will keep them entertained.

Get a Decent Bike

Enhance the experience for your kids by making sure they are confident when on the bike. It is difficult to think about buying a high quality one even if you know they will outgrow it after a year or so—after all, kids grow fast and bikes are expensive. Still, it is important to get one that fits right.

There are many bike stores in Brisbane offering quality bikes, so you might want to start there.

Involve Their Friends

Everything is more fun when you have a friend with you, right? Involving your kids’ friends is a good trick that will surely increase the chances of a fun bike ride. Not only will there be fun and some positive competition—your kids will focus their energy on their friends, not towards you, which can turn to whining that comes easily at that age.

Beyond these things, one sure way to make your kids love biking is to let them take the risks. Hey, mum and dad, this one is going to be hard for you, but that’s how they develop confidence and learn their limits. Those bruises and scabs will become badges of honour that they can look back on whenever life throws a difficult challenge their way.