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Teaching your child to ride a bike doesn’t have to be stressful it can be fun and oh so rewarding! I have teamed up with Schwinn and Toys R Us to bring you some tips for teaching your child to ride a bike so check it out!
- Choose right bike- The first thing we did was drive on down to Toys R Us and “try on” many different types of bike and we ended up with the Schwinn SmartStart Jamboree– We went to Toys R Us because they have the largest selection of 16″ bikes for beginning riders. And Schwinn? A no brainer, they haven’t been around since 1895 for no reason!
Here is a little bit of product info on the Girls’ 16 inch Schwinn Jamboree Bike
Product Description: Built around the proportions of a child, the Schwinn Jamboree Girls’ 16″ Bike offers SmartStart to ensure your little one rides in comfort. The single-speed bicycle features a coaster brake for simplicity as your little rider bikes up and down your driveway. Coordinating fenders, streamers and classic Schwinn styling provide a cute look, and the handlebar basket lets your youngster bring her favorite toys along for the ride. 6″ tires for speeding along in your driveway, Single-speed for ease of use, Coaster brake for sure stopping power, Handlebar basket lets your little one bring toys or a drink while she rides, Classic Schwinn styling, Coordinated fenders and handlebar streamers for a fun design, SmartStart is built around the proportions of a child for easy on and off, Recommended height: 38″ – 48″ tall.
Schwinn bikes also come with a limited lifetime warranty!
2. Adjust bike to fit- Don’t try to make your child fit the bike, make the bike fit the child. Smart Start Bikes are seat adjustable- raise or lower for the most comfortable fit. Your child’s knees should be slightly bent.
3. Always wear a helmet- When you buy a bike don’t leave the store without a helmet. Make sure it is a good snug fit. Insist that your child wear their helmet anytime they ride, no exceptions.
4. Wear appropriate shoes- Footwear should be well fitted, no hanging laces, and close toed. This is not only for safety reasons but a good solid shoe will also make learning to ride easier. Show your child how to place their foot firmly on the pedal.
5. Set them up for success- After adjusting the bike, strapping on the helmet, and double checking shoes your child is ready to get on the bike. Set them up by placing the pedal in the proper position, practice in a clear and car free area.
Get some more tips here by watching this video.
7. Remove training wheels- When your child is ready you can remove the training wheels, my little one was not quite ready to learn to ride without training wheels after 2 months so we removed the training wheels for her to get a feel for balance as recommended she placed her feet on the ground and walked the bike. The next step was to push off and glide as far as she could with her feet slightly up. We then placed the wheels back on and do it occasionally to build her confidence in riding without.
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