Our little boy is now six and has never been the most daring! He approaches anything new with caution, especially anything physical.
We bought him his first bike for his third Birthday. It was covered in novelty characters, had a bell and back box, but it was quite a heavy thing! His little legs struggled to turn the pedals and he struggled to get it going, especially up any little incline, he really wasn’t getting on with it. He had stabilisers keeping him upright, so he did start to gain confidence and a bit of speed.
Until one day when he went round a corner with a bit of a gradient and relying on the stabilisers, not trying to balance at all, the bike and him fell down in to the gutter. At this point we regretted not going with our original plan to start him on a balance bike.
It took us weeks to get him back on his bike and he was so nervous and uninterested in trying. My husband, a keen cyclist, found this frustrating and couldn’t understand why he was struggling to learn to ride and why he wasn’t keen to try.
So with him now six and unable to ride a bike, in an attempt to excite him in to trying again, we ditched the novelty kids bike with stabilisers. Instead we bought him a new light weight, big boy bike, that would also last him a bit longer.
We bought him a Frog bike with adjustable Tektro brakes, 8-speed Shimano easy-change thumb-shifters gears. The all-aluminium bike has a high quality frame, easily adjusted saddle height and comes with 2 sets of Kenda tyres: a hybrid tyre and a more knobbly off-road tyre. It also has the all important bell and reflectors and mudguards as standard. We bought ours from The Cycle Studio, who fitted him for the correct size frame.
Straight away he was happier on the bike and except for balance and confidence, he was clearly, in time going to actually be able to ride this bike.
Any parent that has tried to help their child learn how to ride a bike, will know what a backbreaker it is. Running along side them, bent over, holding on to the back of the seat. It’s a killer!
So I was chuffed when I stumbled across Biky Biky on Instagram.
It’s a really clever design! A children’s bicycle harness, a padded jacket, with a handle on the back. It’s brilliantly made and excellent quality. It also comes packaged with a fun, friendly branding that kids will immediately be drawn to.
The design allows a parent to simply walk or run, in an upright position, alongside their cycling child, holding onto the padded handle on the back of the vest.
In the event of a major wobble or incident, you can simply lift or pull your child. Preventing painful scrapes and falls and avoiding them tumbling to the floor in a tangled mess of bike and upset child.
After our sons first go on his bike with the Biky Biky jacket on, he was instantly more confident and excited. He really enjoyed riding his bike and noticeably improved. It’s great how after one session he now wants to get back on his bike. He’s eager to learn and try. It’s completely boosted his confidence and we can see he’ll now learn to ride and will soon be off on his own.
It’s also way better for us, no more running along side him, bent over, grabbing on to the back of the seat, trying to keep him upright! Happy days!
A Biky Biky bicycle harness is available in a choice of colours and costs £24.95