Whilst the benefits of cycling and exploring are huge, with all the competing distractions for kids these days, it can be a challenge to get them out on their bikes. Here are our tips for getting kids out on a cycling adventure.
Initiate them early
The more time a child spends around bikes, the more they will see them as a tool for adventure. So whether its getting them on a balance bike as young as possible or investing in a trailer or bike seat, its important to get kids to catch the bug early!
Don’t scare off budding adventurers by taking them up the biggest hill you can find or on a 30 mile route on their first outing. Start small and build their confidence up.
Have the right kit
My sister still hasn’t forgiven my dad for forcing her round Ladybower reservoir in the pouring rain without coat nearly 20 years ago! To avoid such deep-seated family conflict, and a somewhat off-putting experience, make sure your kids are kitted out appropriately. We have a comprehensive range of kids bikewear here.
Take advantage of technology
It can be a battle getting kids off mobile devices at the best of times, so why not take advantage of the technology instead? Utilise apps such as Pokemon Go, the Ordnance Survey Map App or the newly launched Polaris Challenge app to take the conflict out of whether the young ones have to leave their mobile at home or not.
Set achievable goals and celebrate when they’re achieved
Nothing gets kids going more than a challenge and the satisfaction of achieving a target. With that in mind, challenge them to go a mile further than last time or to try and cycle all the way up that hill this time. And when they do achieve these goals, celebrate them!
Get away from the traffic
No one likes cycling in traffic at the best of times, but for an inexperienced rider it can be particularly intimidating. Stick to quiet lanes and tracks at first to build their confidence.
Let the child lead the adventure
Once your child has grown confident enough to take on whatever a cycling adventure can throw at them, let them be in charge. Have them plan the route, or at least let them go off-piste mid ride and lead the way. Then you really will be on an adventure!