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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Get Set for Spinning Success: Focus on Your Posture!

Proper postural alignment can make a world of difference when it comes to enjoying your cycling class. I always begin my class with a few friendly reminders – all of which will make you a little more comfortable throughout your ride.

Here are a few tips to think about, and remind yourself throughout your class – from the bottom, up:

Feet Your feet should always take the lead in your pedal stroke – never the pedals. Keeping enough resistance on the flywheel on your flat road will help make this happen. Also, only take those hills as heavy as your body is comfortable with – it’s easy to start “mashing” the pedals just to get through it, but it’s rough on the body. Also, remember, a good cycling shoe – hard-soled, clips into the bike pedals, vs. a softer-soled running shoe – makes a world of difference.

Knees Your kneecaps should be facing forward, legs parallel. You should have a slight bend in the knee at the bottom of your pedal stroke – not enough of a bend will leave you reaching for your pedals, while too much of a bend will force you to kick your knees out to the side. Proper seat height can address both issues (if your seat is in the right position, you shouldn’t feel pressure in your knees).

Thighs (Quads/Hamstrings) Your legs are your primary power source. If you think about using your thighs to push through your pedal strokes – especially as the weight on the flywheel increases – you’ll find it easier to maintain strong, complete, even pedal strokes. Don’t be afraid to push the hips back a little to increase your power output.

Abs/Core Control of your abs means control of your upper body and protection for your lower back. I often tell my classes (as we start to get into heavier climbs) to think about what a bicycle crunch feels like. Heavy(ish) resistance + Strong, controlled core = Bonus abdominal work.

Back A flat back will help keep your shoulders properly aligned, as well as take some of the pressure off of the low back. The more you relax the upper body, the more comfortable your ride will be.

Shoulders First and foremost, keep them relaxed! Shoulders should be pushed down and back – think about trying to tuck them down into your back pockets. Another way to think about it: push your chest forward. It will naturally draw your shoulder blades back and down.

Arms Always maintain a little bit of a bend at the elbow, regardless of position. When climbing in position 3, make sure the forearms stay lined up with the handlebars – this will also help in keeping shoulders aligned.

Head Keep it up! Not only does it allow for better spinal alignment, but the more space you can keep between your chin and your chest, the more space you create in your airway. This works two-fold: not only is it easier to breathe deeply, it also FEELS easier when you have more oxygenated blood circulating throughout your body. And as I always tell my classes: more air means more blood, more blood means faster recovery, and faster recovery means faster gains … which, at the end of the day is why we’re all here (to get stronger, lose weight, feel better … whatever your goal may be).

It seems like a lot to think about, but as time goes on, you will find that your posture will start to naturally align itself. If you cycle in a mirrored studio (most are), don’t be afraid to take a peek in the mirror and check yourself from time to time and adjust your posture as needed. Your body will thank you!