how to get your kid riding
• Always wear a helmet. Learning to ride means learning to fall, and having your child wear their helmetright from the start will create a safe habit.
• Be positive and encouraging and let them go at theirown speed.
• Have them practice on a flat surface, away from carsor other obstacles. Don’t start them on a downhillslope as they can very quickly lose control.
• To protect your own back while you’re helping themalong, try a device like the Louis Garneau Felix Bar.
The bar bolts onto the frame and extends behind withan easy-to-grip handle, allowing you to more easilyguide the bike without bending down to hold the seat.
• For longer, more strenuous rides, the Trail-GatorBicycle Tow Bar converts an ordinary child’s pedalbike into a trailer bike behind an adult-sized model(maximum tow-rider weight of 70 pounds [ 32 kg] andwheel diameter of 12 to 20 inches [ 31 to 51 cm]).
• Even when your child masters the physical skill ofriding, remember it takes longer to master therules of the road. Adult supervision continues to beimportant until your child has the maturity to makegood decisions about cycling safety. This is generallysometime between the ages of 10 and 14.
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