How to Get Your Family Involved in Cycling (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post comes to you from Mike over at consumerhealthanswers.com. Enjoy! 

If you had a question in mind as to whether you can take your child along on short cycling rides, so that he/she can get involved in cycling and you can live your passion? Then be informed that of course you can. There are various options available including child seats, tandems, trailer bikes, cargo bikes, kid’s own bike, and trikes etc that can be used to make cycling a family experience.

From baby bike seats to tandem bikes, these days it is very easy to get your child involved in the biking passion. But there are concerns about what the best bike is for your child, what the right is to change your child’s helmet or when the child can go out cycling without the training wheels etc. All these questions and many others need to be addressed. Look down for some cycling products and attachments that are available to address your concerns.

  • Baby bike seats

The easiest, best and the safest way to get your child involved in cycling is to start pretty early by attaching a baby bike sea onto the back of your bike. If you are taking short trips (where the child may not fall asleep) the baby bike seat is surely a must use because it is effective and cool. Most child seats are suitable for children between the ages of nine months to four years. The lower limit can go down further depending on the child’s ability to sit up unsupported.  On the other hand, the upper limit has nothing to do with age; it’s basically related to passenger weight. Baby bike seats are basically made to carry 20kgs.

  • Trailers

If you are not a pro and are less confident about your riding skills, then instead of the baby seat, you may be better of attaching a rear bike trailer. Trailer is basically a two tire covered seat, which attaches to the rear of an adult bike that can also function as a push trailer. The trailer is behind you and out of your range of easy communication, therefore trailers are ideal for slightly grown up kids.

  • Cargo bikes  

Cargo bike is a new option of carrying your babies on a cycling outing. The bike comes with a basket attached to the front, which is probably large enough to carry two small kids at once. The cargo cycles can be a little highly priced but you have the children strapped to the front of the bike so you can easy see and communicate with them, increasing the level of safety and security. Most of these come in two wheel variants, but cargo bikes are also available in three wheeled rides, for additional child safety.

  • Trail-a-bike

Bike extenders are another way to keep your little ones tagged on a long family bike ride. The bike-shaped equipment attaches to the rear of the adult bike and is ideal for children strong enough to stay stable and pedal.

  • Bike

Now, if your child is properly trained and wants to join the family love for cycling, then take the kid to a local vendor and let him/her try a few bikes. Once finalized make sure you get the bike seat adjusted to a height from where the child sitting on it can easily touch his/her feet to the ground.

Author Bio

I’m Mike a Health & Fitness Consultant, who has conducted several researches studies on the inter-relation between happiness and health. Currently regularly doing blogging for www.consumerhealthanswers.com.

 

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