Back to Basics: Getting Kids on Bikes (even during the Coronavirus)

As we wrote last week, if you are looking for ways to keep your family healthy and also release stress associated with managing the coronavirus pandemic, then a family bike ride might be in order. But that assumes that your children have been riding bikes for a while. Given that our temperatures are warmed up and the state is reopening to some businesses, there is more opportunity to get around town more and enjoy the outdoors by bike. Use our suggestions to get your kids riding bikes. 

It all starts with having the right bike.  We mean it! This means having a bike that fits. If you need to purchase a new toddler or youth bike, make sure you avoid the common mistake of buying a bike that they’ll “grow into.” Doing so can set your child back a couple of years. When shopping, be aware that children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size (not frame size). The right size is one where your child can comfortably get on the bike and stand with his or her feet on the ground. If you have questions on the right size bike for your child, visit our staff at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop. We’re more than happy to help you select the right size bike for your child. Given the current circumstances, we are continuing to take safety precautions during this time to maintain the safety of our employees and customers. Consider calling ahead so that we can coordinate some time to best help you, while also maintaining social distancing and safety measures. 

Another important factor in getting your kids to ride their bike with you is to have the proper clothing. Dress your kids for cycling success. Investing in a well-fitting helmet, along with a jersey, cycling shorts, and a good pair of gloves inspires your kids and affects enjoyment levels and performance. If your child is comfortable, they are going to want to ride. We have bike parts and cycling accessories that include windbreakers, gloves, shorts, jersey’s, chamois, pedals, hats, backpacks, and bikes that kids love. Most importantly, we have reflective materials to put on your child’s bike to make sure they are visible.  If you aren’t sure about sizes, again, we’re happy to help dial those details in.

Before heading out for a ride, review the rules of the road with your child. Know what the bicycle laws are in your area, and follow them. In most areas, they are going to be very similar to vehicular traffic. Make sure you stop at stoplights and stop signs, signal before turning, and ride on the street. It’s important to model good behavior and teach your children the rules on the road. Also, do a pre-check ride with your child to make sure your child’s bike is in good working condition. Doing this together helps instill good cycling habits for years to come. 

There are countless benefits of bike commuting with kids. Sure, it does take a little effort to bike commute with children, but most good things in life do. Bike commuting as a family provides quality time together, as well as, the opportunity to exercise in the natural environment and reduce stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time. 

If you are looking to purchase a new children’s bicycle or upgrade bike parts or cycling apparel, keep in mind that Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is the only store in Golden, CO that serves kids cycling needs. We are open during this crazy time and we are continuing to practice safety guidelines related to COVID-19.  So, do stop by the shop or visit us online at www.BikeParts.com.  We’re here to help you and your family make the best of our current situation and inspire your kids to fall in love with bike riding. 

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