Good weather and school holidays give you a great excuse to go out and ride a bike with your children. Cycling for kids is a simple pleasure. It’s fast and fun and it can make them feel freedom and independence. So cycling is an excellent way to encourage your children and get outdoors and have fun with you.
Pedaling to travel with your kids is the healthy and active way you have been looking for to promote your children to take some physical activity. It is better to get into the fresh air rather than being a couch potato. It is not very different that ride with children from cycling on your own. But we will still give you some advice on how to get started cycling with your children.
It is the same as your riding on your own. You should plan a perfect route for your cycling with children. There are very few places that children can’t ride. When kids are riding their bicycles, it’s best to avoid very busy road and complicated crossing.
If you decide to take a trip in your city, you can depend on the local terrain to choose a route that is quieter road and used for cycling. Driveways should be concerned, especially when you use the footpath. Usually, the drivers have poor visibility, and some just don’t check. So it is very important to teach your children how to identify the dangerous driveways they should be very careful of and teach them listening and looking for the sign of the moving cars. If you want to have a challenging travel with your kids, you should choose some plain enough roads. After all, it is frequently hard for a young child to climb a steep mountain by riding his small bike.
Whether your kids are riding their own bikes or cycling with you, a good helmet is pretty necessary. The helmet has been estimated to reduce head injury by 85% so a helmet is really important for a young kid. For older kids, the weight is the key as they’re still too small and neck strength is limited. Therefore, parents should be careful when you’re choosing a helmet for your children.
Children don’t really need special clothing to pedal, although it is important to keep them comfortable. Sweat and gym clothes are ideal. If they want to be looked cool, you can buy one to match dad and mom. It will make them realize that they are a team to ride and product responsibility in their heart. One thing should be also considered is the outdoor temperature. If you’re cycling with your litter one and your baby or toddler is riding on the front-mounted bicycle seat, realize that they are getting the cold wind and they can’t warm themselves by pedaling like you.
Gloves and protective pads can help cushion falls. If your children fall on the pavement, the gloves can protect their skin on the palm of hands. Some are padded to protect their hands from compression stress from the handlebars when you’re riding for a long distance. And it can also warm children’s hands if you ride in winter with them. You don’t need to worry about plenty of dirty gloves produced by your children as you can purchase the washable in summer.
Take a break
Cycling is a sort of process of exploring but not for the result. The scenery on the way is more important than the destination. Make several short plans to take a break during your family tour. Take a short break and eat some food and have a drink. You can stop every hour to let your children explore something new. And you can use this short time to check whether their bikes are broken, avoiding happens accidents on the next tour.
Take photos for them
Cycling with children is really an unforgettable experience for you and your children. Carrying a camera with your tour and take pictures for your kids. To make a record of the things that happened during your holidays. When your children grow up, they can share with their friends:” Hey I have been riding with my parents!”
Keep kids entertained
If your baby is sitting on the front seat, it is easy to make him or her happy. You can install a speaker on the handlebars and listen to music and sing together. The benefit of the front seat is the ability to talk with you what they see.
For the teenager, you can encourage them to be noisy riding on the footpaths or share path. It doesn’t mean a surprised ‘whoosh’. I mean you can allow them to laugh loudly, speak loudly and sing loudly. They can express their emotion freely and release the stress from their school studies and they show that they enjoy the trip.
After cycling travel
When you end a travel, you should fuel for your kids as soon as possible. Young children are not as strong as adults. After a cycling travel, a large of energy consuming may make your kids very tired. So prepare some high-energy foods and water. Protein and carbohydrate should be supplied appropriately. The ratio for 1:4 is proper. No matter eggs, milk, and pasta, just as the children’s habit to make a meal.
Enough sleep is also a key factor to children’s recovery. When sleeping, the body is rebuilding muscle and adapting to grow. If your children can not get inadequate sleep, the damage from the cycling tour will not be recovered and will influence the immune system so that become compromised and muscles and muscles and tendons more susceptible to pull. Therefore, make sure their enough sleep.
Just do it
Start to plan your cycling tour with your kids now! Don’t be afraid the dangerous situation around your kids. It is time to teach them how to face difficulty and trouble! Bring them to outdoors and enjoy pleasure with them and grow up with them together! Happy family holidays!