You have been riding since very young in the childhood, now, you teach your kids on riding in the adulthood. Biking is one of easy and healthy exercise, almost most people can ride a bike.
There is a number of skills that you can teach to your children when you riding out.
Same in my life, but I saw young children and their parents make some of the biking mistakes. Even myself have mistakes before I correct them.
Lack of proper education about riding a bike continues to put us in the biking dangerous.
Riding a bike comes freedom and inescapable safety hazards. Out of this point, today, we’re going to talk about 9 dangerous mistakes when cycling with kids and be more aware of when it comes to teaching their children on riding by parents.
Mistake # 1.Not wearing a helmet & wearing it correctly
I saw a number of children not wearing a helmet on a bike when parents to teach their kids on riding, and a number of the kid wearing a helmet but not correctly. Neither too big nor too small.
In 2015 NEISS Injury Data, for hospital admissions, the most frequent diagnosis for all four-wheeled sport was a fracture, particularly to the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist or hand.
A head injury can mean brain injury. Head injuries were the second most frequent diagnosis ranging from 1 in 10 hospitalizations for skating to nearly 4 in 10 hospitalizations for both biking and skateboarding.
In 2017, Safe Kids conducted an in-depth analysis of current patterns of injury and parents’ beliefs and behaviors related to keeping children safe while wearing a helmet while bicycling and other wheel sport.
In fact, 47% of parents who say their child doesn’t always wear a helmet say it’s because they either view their child as being experienced enough to not need one, think the area they ride in is safe or just don’t think the child needs one.
When I see it, it’s about safety awareness.
From the fact you see from NEISS Injury Data and what happens in your parenting experience, out of safety consideration to protect your kid, personally, I still insist that safe first and wear the properly- fitted helmet for your kids.
Here are some simple tips to choose a properly fitted helmet for your kids, not too big or not too small.
1) Level with the ground can have 1-2 fingers above the eyebrow.
2) Straps meet in “ V” on the side.
3) One finger under the chin.
Here is two YouTube reference video for you to choose right helmet for your kids.
Besides bike helmet, If possible, use other protective equipment if it’s necessary, like wearing additional gear, knee pads or elbow pads. Especially, when your kids are learning to ride a bike in the early stage.
Mistake # 2. Not maintaining bikes
How often do you maintaining your own bikes? And how often you help your children maintaining their bike.
You love your bike, maintain the tires, maintain a bike chain, maintain bike brakes and maintaining bike gears from time to time by yourself or send it to your nearest bike store.
Not maintaining your children bike would be dangerous when they riding out.
For example, your children bike seat.
When they grow up one year by another, they grow taller than last summer. Proper bicycle seat height would be important when they riding.
Among the adjustments you’ll need to make is ensuring that the seat is at the proper height.
When I see it, kids tend to need their seats adjusted slightly lower than adults so they can touch one or both feet on the ground since their growing, sometimes less-than-agile bodies need a little extra stability.
Meanwhile, below things that need to consider when you maintain your child’s bicycle. :
- Check the tire pressure and make sure they are inflated properly.
- Check the brakes to make sure that the brake pads are aligned properly.
- Check the handlebars to make sure they are tight.
- Check the bolts or quick releases on wheels
- Setting the proper bicycle seat height includes
Mistake # 3. Not getting a bike that fits
When you buy a bicycle for your kids, appropriate size bike for your child to ensure his safety.
Simply below 3 key points to help you get the right size bike for children:
- General Bike Size
- Child Feet on the pedals
- Child feet on the ground
Parents should choose a bike that allows the child to sit on the seat and touch both feet on the ground.
Also, while standing there should only be a few inches between the top center bar of the bike and the child’s inner groin or crotch area.
Like what I mentioned above that adjust proper bicycle seat height would be important when they riding out.
Avoid purchasing a larger bike for the child to “grow into. Check with your near bike store when you’re considering getting a new bike.
For me, I took my happy monster nephews James and Jerry to the bike store together, the boys can choose the bike he likes, and also can measure and feel the bike with professional advice from bike owners.
Mistake #4. Not paying attention to outdoor cycling first aid
Riding a bike comes freedom and inescapable safety hazards. I mean riding a bike comes with inherent risks, such as cut and scratch would happen often when you fall from the bikes.
For most parents, not paying attention to outdoor cycling first aid. Even the kids do not have any idea what and how to do.
If you look into the bicycle fall on the ground or bicycle accident online, just type the Google keywords like, bicycle accident, or cycling accident, you could see a lot different bike accident happen outdoor.
However, if your kids and you get the right protection or get the right safety apparel, the biking hazards reduce.
Prepare some first aid items in your backpack when cycling out with your kids. Or consider SJ WORKS bicycle first aid kit, which was specifically for attaching to bicycle and putting families first aid as the priority.
For me , I like to attach our company product SJ Works Smart phone solution Bicycle First Aid Kit to the top tube frame of my bike every time I hit the beautiful open road, gifting myself with the ongoing present that matters the most. First aid and SAFETY!
Here’s my bicycle first aid kit list:
- PRESSURE BANDAGES
- NON-ADHERING WOUND DRESSING
- ANTISEPTIC TOWLETTES
- EASY ACCESS BANDAGES (IN VARIOUS SIZES)
- BUTTERFLY WOUND CLOSURES
- JUNIOR EASY ACCESS BANDAGE
- STERILE NON-ADHERENT PADS
- STERILE NON-WOVEN SPONGES
- STERILE GAUGE PAD
- PRESSURE BANDAGES
- ELASTIC BANDAGE
- STERILE EYE PAD
- TRIANGULAR BANDAGE
- SAFETY PINS
- MEDICAL GRADE VUNYL GLOVES
- FIRST AID TAPE ROLL
- SAFETY SCISSORS
- SJ WORKS REFLECT STRIP
It doesn’t mean that you should carry everything in the bike bag, you can choose the item base on your situation when biking out with the kit. For example, the distance of riding with your kids is it easy to get the first aid on the way and so on.
Don’t underestimate the power of peace of mind in the outdoor. Along as you have first aid care like SJ WORKS bike kit, you can get your family right treatment in the right time.
Importantly, give a good example for your children and education then how to handle the emergency in the outdoor. If they biking out alone when they grow up, what they need to prepare and how to keep themselves safe on riding.
Mistake # 5.Not have correct riding teaching
Nowadays, there is some biking school that can teach people riding the bicycle, just like the driving school, it combines the theory and practical skills together.
For most people, if you asked them how can you ride a bike? It’s almost was taught by parents or adults in the family.
That causes the problems that not have correct riding teaching by parents at home.
Here are 3 things I came across my mind right now on this topic.
1) Use training wheels
With the advent of balance bikes, parents realized that if kids learn to balance first, before learning to pedal, the whole process goes much easier.
Instead, start with a balance bike first and then transition to a pedal bike without training wheels if your kids are too afraid learning the bike riding solo.
Or start riding with the training wheels and feel the bike riding, once they have a good sense of balance, you can take the training wheels off.
Importantly, you need to cultivate your kids like bike riding little by little when they riding with training wheels before taking the training wheels off.
2) Hold on to kid’s cloth and run alongside
The traditional method of teaching a child to cycle is the approach of rolling the learner child down a hillside and hoping for the best is to run alongside, controlling the steering.
Not to beat the slow learner, but taped to the child’s saddle or rammed between the seat stays.
This does the same trick as the shoulder holding and is better for the parent’s back.
3) Pressure the kids’ bike too fast
For every learner who tries out the new things, we all feel never.
For kids who start riding the bike, they must feel exciting and never. so do not pressure the kid’s bike too fast.
Keep the pace they have, and encourage them paddling to keep balance.
Mistake # 6. Sidewalks are not always safe
Sidewalks can be full of people walking. Why ?
Generally, sidewalks being oblivious to pedestrian surroundings.
If you’re riding with your kid in the sidewalks, it’s very easy to hit a pedestrian in the sidewalks.
Biking on sidewalks is not always safe.
Try to ride in the bicycle lands if your city has it for most places. Being on the side of the road in a bike lane also separates you as a cyclist from the dominant traffic pattern of the road which makes it less likely a driver will be aware of or able to predict your behavior.
Mistake # 7.Not following rules of the road
Last but not least, riding in the bicycle lands we mentioned above. Being on the side of the road in a bike lane also separates you as a cyclist from the dominant traffic pattern of the road which makes it less likely a driver will be aware of or able to predict your behavior.
From Bike Calgary, they bring up the similar thought that it’s in general dangerous to ride your bicycle on sidewalks, especially where sidewalks cross streets at every block, there are driveways, building entrances, and parked cars.
If you ride the bike with your kids in the street, please remind them to keep a distance from moving vehicle.
Encounter the car slow down in the roadside, it’s better to keep watch for a while just in case that people open the car door suddenly or passengers off.
Follow the rules of road include follow the traffic lights and teach your children to use hand signal in the correct way.
Mistake #8.Not educating your kids’ team spirit
We said the group riding when you riding out with your friend when you ride with your children, it still a team.
For most parents, it’s not conscious to teach the children team spirit when biking together.
Actually, it’s the good opportunity you spend time with your children and education in life.
Have communication with your kid when riding out, check their feeling about riding, encourage them to do more practices, achieve longer riding distance, listen to their feedback and so on.
Riding together as a team with your children encourage their socialization and build the confidence. Including bike riding a bike, research concerning sports and children/teens has shown that children, especially girls, who play sports are more likely to have a positive self-image than those who do not play sports.
Mistake #9. Forget that it should be fun
Learning new skills is time-consuming and should be patience toward it. Teaching and cycling with your children making the process happier Learning from fun would help them easy to learn.
Every time you learn something new, your brain changes in a pretty substantial way.
In turn, this makes other parts of your life easier because the benefits of learning stretch further than just being good at something.
Enjoy the fun in the process of bike riding learning with your children, it must be good for their learning and mastering cycling.
And it would be a good memory in their lifetime.
9 Dangerous Mistakes When Cycling With Kids
Riding a bike comes freedom and inescapable safety hazards. But many parents got some mistakes, so that’s why we talk about 9 dangerous mistakes when cycling with kids and be more aware of when it comes to teaching their children on riding by parents.
- Not wearing a helmet and wearing it correctly
- Not maintaining bikes
- Not getting a bike that fits
- Not paying attention to outdoor cycling first aid
- Not have correct riding teaching
- Sidewalks are not always safe
- Not following rules of the road
- Not educating your kid’s team spirit
- Forget that it should be fun
Question: Which mistakes you have when you teach your kid when bike riding?