Learning to ride a bike is an important step in your child’s development – but could give you back ache. Fortunately there’s a way to avoid it…
Learning to ride a bike is an important step for your kid; it’s another milestone in becoming independent. Once they can ride, they have transport that doesn’t rely on Mum or Dad.
cycling is fun, and cycling is healthy
OK, so you may not be letting them go off on their own at a young age, but none the less, the first step is to learn how to ride a bike. And besides, cycling is fun, and cycling is healthy.
The problem with teaching your kid to ride a bike
The problem is, child bikes are small. This means, to help your child balance, you’re going to be stooped over.
I’ve taught three kids how to ride a bike, and if you’ve not done it yet, let me tell you that you’re in for a nasty shock: back ache!
you’re in for a nasty shock
Fortunately we’ve come across a solution…
Avoiding back ache when teaching your kid to ride
We came across this really simple but useful gadget called a Balance Buddy Bike Handle.
It simply attaches to your child’s bike where the stabilisers fit (‘training wheels’ if you are in the US). In fact, you can even fit the bike handle with the stabilisers still attached, which is useful if you just want a handle to push your kid around, although the handle is really about helping you balance your kid.
attaches to your child’s bike where the stabilisers fit
The Balance Buddy Bike Handle is available on Amazon…
The handle can adjust longer or shorter. You can grab it firmly to push your kid along. Alternatively, I’ve been using it just as a safety handle, only holding it lightly, but I can grab firmly if our little one starts to loose balance (or forget to use his brakes, as he did just yesterday!).
grab firmly if your little one starts to loose balance
The bike handle is available on Amazon, or in your local bike shop. When we bought ours they were generally between £15 and £20.
Here’s a quick video we’ve created on the Balance Buddy Bike Handle, including how to fit it to your kid’s bike.
How to fit the Balance Buddy Bike Handle
As you can see from our video above, fitting the Bike Handle is straightforward.
Simply fix the extension nuts to where the stabilisers were fitted, then fix the handle over the top and secure with the supplied nuts.
Of course fitting the handle is something you can do with your little helper 😉
fitting the handle is something you can do with your little helper
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