Teaching Children to Ride Bikes – Bye bye Training Wheels!

You Want Your Child to Ride

One major milestone in a child’s life is to learn how to ride a bicycle on their own and without training wheels. Most children develop at their own pace and the average age is between 5 and 7. Personally, my dad taught me how to ride when I was four, and I have been hooked ever since.

Fears of Child and Parent

Most children will worry about falling and getting hurt. Parents also tend to be a little nervous. If you are, rest assured you are not alone! According to a poll by Schwinn, 55% of parents are nervous about teaching their child. In fact, they found that 36% wish they had someone else do it for them.

Is Your Child Ready?

The child should be more interested in learning how to ride than you are. It has been shown that kids who are pushed into an activity they are not ready for, it is an uphill battle and nobody wins.

Learn more in this article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The child’s maturity level comes into play as well. The understanding of safety and control/coordination needs to be present along with respect for vehicles, other riders, pedestrians, animals and other small children.

Start by Practicing on Balance

You can test your child’s balance capabilities prior to getting on a bike. Other risk taking activities like riding a scooter, gymnastics and ice-skating can give you an idea is your child can handle a bike.

Buy the Right Bike

If you are like me, when buying bikes for my kids, they are like shoes that they grow out of fast. Most parents buy a bike that is too big so they grow into it. This will make it difficult for the child to control.

Schwinn is an old company with experience in making great bikes. I have many Schwinn bikes over the years and I still love them. They have Smartstart bikes for young girls and boys. Click for details for the boy’s bike here. Click for details about girl’s bike here.

I have read the reviews on these bikes and most people are disappointed because they don’t have kick stands. Otherwise, it is a good durable and beautiful bike. Some people order and did not get the right color. If you order one, I would suggest calling to make sure you are getting the color your child wants.

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Size

You can measure your child for a bike using age, inseam and height. This is very important to keep your child safe and confident when learning to ride. See these charts for help: by inseam; by height; by age.

Find the Right Location

Choose a location where your child won’t be embarrassed or distracted by friends. While it is easy to do in your neighborhood or parks, this may cause a problem. You may want to consider teaching them in the next closest town to avoid the problem. On the other hand, if your child does not get embarrassed by other situations, doing this near home would be acceptable.

Teach Brakes First

Learning how to stop a bicycle is a crucial part of riding and the child should know this first. Show them how the brakes work. Also, teaching them how to quickly put both feet on the ground in a wide stance will give the child confidence with skills to minimize falls.

Take the Pedals Off

Taking the pedals off, will encourage your child to coast and put their feet on the ground for balance. You can do this in slow and small distances and increase each day. Once they have this skill mastered, they will soon be riding with pedals and no training wheels!

Wrapping Up

The key to this process is patience! Have fun with your child learning how to ride and soon you will be riding together.

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Beach Cycling Fun – Tips & Gear

Spring and Summer is Upon Us

As winter leaves and Spring approaches many of us are planning family trips when the kids are out of school. Others are simply tired of winter cold and experiencing cabin fever. Riding is a great way to get in shape and get some sun, while on the beach. It can be tricky, but we can explore the right types of bikes and other items you will need on the beach.

I have personally done a lot of riding on the beach in Florida. My bike isn’t the best bike for the sand, so I preferred paddle bikes.

Paddle Bikes

As you know, I lived in Florida for a long time and was a frequent visitor to the beach. I used to bring my bike down and ride around on the roads and the sand.

Paddle Bikes are bikes for the water with large heavy plastic tires. You can rent them at a kiosk on the beach for $15 for 30 minutes or $30 for an hour. You will need an ID, and they will give you a short lesson.

The main thing is to pay attention to the lesson. These people are experts on the recreation. It is really fun to peddle on the water. You don’t really have to worry about creature because you are high above the water. You will have to stay aware of the current as waves can toss you out farther. Keep pedaling!

Beach Cruisers – Riding on Sand/Shallow Water

Bikes called beach cruisers are especially designed for the sand and riding in shallow water. They are also very comfortable bikes that a beginner can ride. (Place pics of bikes here). They can also be great leisure riding bikes nice days or in the evening with your family.

Two bicycles on beach

Beach cruiser tires are made for riding on sand and shells and other things in the water. You have to keep your eyes on the water for obstacles like things floating or toys from children that may pop up.

If you stay aware, it is really fun and a great way to beat the heat in extreme temperatures.

Check out this great bike featuring an I catching look at a great price point.  Customer reviews for this bike say it is durable and a smooth ride which comes 70% assembled.  You will need a little patience to assemble the rest.

Click here to see this bike for your beach and road rides! 

Cleaning Salt and Sand/Your Bike’s Bath

to wash the bike for contactless car wash gun high pressure

Salt water, like on a boat, should be rinsed and wiped down after your ride, if you want to keep your bike looking awesome and make it last longer for your ride. Most beaches and hotels have running water outside and even a host. You can rinse your bike to remove sand and salt water.

When you are on vacation and using them a lot, you don’t have to clean in between, unless sand is caked on, because it’s gonna get dirty every day. You can clean it and dry before taking it back home.

Rental Bikes are pretty much available in most cites and towns throughout the country and the world. These bikes are very sturdy and you can pay a fee, ride and drop the bike off at another area. Really nice, because you don’t have to take it back and maybe have a nice dinner after your ride.

London, United Kingdom – June 10, 2015: New bikes sponsored by Santander who replaced Barclays as main sponsor. Bikes were captured at Canary Wharf.

Items for The Bike Travel Trip

Sun Screen
Hats
High Protein Snacks
Re-Usable Water Bottles
Bike Pump
Locks, all keys or combinations
Smart Phones
Sweat Towels
Identification
Cash or Credit Card
Tools for Small Repairs
Xtra Inner Tubes for Bikes in Case of Flat Tires
Back Packs
Soft Coolers for Transpoting cold drinks and perishables
Sunglasses
Extra clothing, there are showers bathrooms on the way out

Wrapping Up

Enjoy the weather and water biking fun. I hope you all have a fun salty and sandy summer, city rides, and all the other perks that come with summer riding and vacations. Great sleep will follow! You will look and feel younger, full of energy and fit. It’s a “win, win” for all involved.

Susan/Author

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Night Cycling Basics – Let’s Look Out for Each Other

Adventurous Night Riding

Night riding can be a blast and a great way to get exercise after dinner or simply to avoid the heat in summer. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate during the day and clears up at night for your ride. Safety is the key!

Ride With Friends

Everybody knows there is safety in numbers. If you cannot ride with friends don’t ride in the woods or trails with no people around. Better to stay in neighborhoods and urban riding trails with other cyclists around. I can tell you from experience that cyclists look out for each other.

As a night person and someone who does not like extreme heat for riding, I have done a lot of night riding. I have lights on my bike and only ride in areas with other cyclists around. For example, a river walk at night in summer is full of joggers, walkers, and cyclists.

Lights on! Be Safe and Seen!

A bright light on the front of your bike is awesome for night riding. However, you don’t want to “blind” other cyclists with it, so light with adjustable brightness is recommended. If there is no adjustment, you can put your towel over it when a cyclist is approaching. Most lights come in sets with a rear light as well. There are also lights for tires which helps you to be seen.

Over Speeding is Dangerous

I personally love riding super fast, however, I am a seasoned rider and have learned over time when this is appropriate. For example, there may be small children riding who can fall or dart out in front of you with no warning. Also, dogs who are with walkers may do the same.

Walkers, cyclists, and joggers like listening to music. This is why I have a bell and a horn to warn that I am passing. It really works but some people get startled. I always feel bad when that happens, but better than having an accident.

In the video below, you will see these guys riding through the woods.  It is fun to watch, but you will feel at times that they may crash into a tree.  They are talented:)

If You Have a Head, Wear a Helmet

It is common these days to see cyclists wearing helmets, you can still have fun while avoiding head injuries. You can also find helmets with lights on them if you love your night rides as I do.

I personally learned the hard way without a helmet in a bad accident. I did hit my head on the ground, had a concussion and no permanent damage. The bump reminds me to slow down and wear a helmet.

Wrapping Up

Night cycling can be a great fitness program and fun if you love it. This will improve sleep and if you keep it up you will feel invigorated when waking in the morning.

You look sexier on a bike, cars make you look fat:)

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Bicycle Baby Trailer – Product Review for Safety

Product Review – Bike Trailer for Kids

Product – Clevr 3-in-1 Collapsible 2 Seat Double Bicycle Trailer Baby Bike Jogger/Stroller Jogging Running Kids Cart Bike | Suspension & Pivot Front Wheel

 

Price (Amazon) – $164.99                               

Customer Reviews – All very positive

Susan’s Rating – 10 out of 10

Pros:

  • Easily Converted from stroller to jogger to bike trailer
  • Disassembly is quick and easy/folds flat for traveling
  • No tools required for quick assembly
  • Bike hitch is included
  • TRAILER STAYS UPRIGHT IF THE BIKE TIPS OVER!

Cons:

  • Instructions are hard to read (customer reviews)
    • Solution: Contact Crosslinks as customers are very happy with the customer service
    • Look up a You-Tube video for this product or video instructions on the website

Is Your Little One Ready?

According to the suggestion by the company who created this product, age is 18 mos. See my article here. This article outlines age appropriateness for child safety when you take them riding.

I personally bought one of these trailers (not this brand) when my children were small at a retail store for around $350. Amazon has great prices and you will save more money with Amazon Prime plus free shipping.

 

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Riding A Bike With Baby – Safety First

Is It Safe Baby To Ride With You?

The age and the bike seats vary and you’ll need to decide and use common sense when taking your baby riding with you. Newborns cannot be on a bike and may start as young as 3 months with precaution.

Parents Need To Use Common Sense

Moms who love to ride like I did, most likely can’t wait to get back on their bike with the baby. Not only does this melt your baby weight off it is fun and another bonding experience. The question is, what age is safe? The mother is the best person to decide after being informed.

Choosing the right type of child bike seat for the area you are riding is the key.

What Age Is Safe For Baby

There are many different ideas and guidelines for what age your baby is ready to go for a ride. In some countries, mom take newborns, others at 6 months, and in America, the average is at one year. The issue here is whether the shaking of the bike ride will cause the baby harm.

Some women who are very athletic say they never fall off of thier bike, however I would not recommend a shoulder carrier that is attached to you because you never know about things that may happen.

I am certain that the mother knows her baby best and can make the best decision. I am here to make a few suggestions and you can make your own choices for you and your baby.

Bike Baby Carriers

The first is a great idea, in my opinion, is taking your bike to a bike shop and have a regular car seat securely attached to the bike. After all, you drive with a baby in this and it is very safe. The age I would recommend would be no younger than 6 months.

A child trailer for your bike doesn’t tip over easily, but the location where you are riding is at issue here. Sidewalks and bike tracks are a good idea since they sit low. This can be risky when around cars.

Two young children are sitting together in a pull behind bicycle trailer as they ride down a bike trail in the woods

It’s a good idea to cushion your child in the carrier with blankets or towels to reduce bouncing injuries. I did this with my kids when they were 1 and 3, they rode together and loved it!

A rear bike seat is not recommended until the child is 12 months old. Just stay on trails and quiet streets and sidewalks. The child must wear a helmet as well and their neck needs to be able to support a helmet.

A little boy in bicycle seat by behind father

Wrapping Up

Cycling lovers like myself just need to take a break and maybe go to a gym and ride a stationary bike or a spinning class while waiting for your child to get old enough to go with you outside on your bike. Once they are ready, choose the appropriate seats for your precious cargo.

I will be posting a review of child seats very shortly.

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Susan/Author

Riding A Bike With Your Dog-Safety For You And Pooch

Dogs Love Riding With Us

Dog with goggles on

If you have a small dog like I did, these little ones love riding in a bike basket.

Rear view of dog in basket on bicycle in Dublin, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland.

I don’t have my dog anymore, but I took her with me on rides in the basket, almost every time I rode. We went everywhere on the bike. I have some tips for you and your dog not getting hurt because there are obstacles and distractions around at a time.

Other Dogs Are Major Distractions

I was riding really fast around neighborhoods with my little white puff ball Maltese in my basket which was in front. I attached her leash to the basket with her little collar. In the neighborhoods we rode in had lots of dogs. My dog would jump up when another dog was present almost knocking me off the bike.

Over time, I taught her to stop doing this by looking ahead, seeing another dog, I would firmly hold her collar. She soon learned by the collar grab not to jump up. This worked like a charm! We had no problems after she learned that. It was really dangerous because either she would get hurt or we both would tumble off the bike from me trying to save her.

You must have a strong basket that can hold an active little pooch. See this basket.  I chose this basket because although it is a little higher in price, it is military grade, very strong for your beloved pet.

Larger Dogs Run Alongside

Big dog breeds can run alongside your bike on leashes. They also have distractions and obstacles which can become dangerous to a rider. Since they are big, they could pull you off of your bike.

Make sure to start out slow if they are not used to this. It depends on the breed and thickness of coat, always pay attention to the weather. If it is really hot, short distances must be used because your dog can become overheated and dehydrated. Once the dog gets used to it, ride a little faster and longer each time.

There are great products available so you can ride with both hands and keep your dog safe.

Bring Water For Yourself And Your Dog

If you have read about me, I used to live in Florida where it is extremely hot and intense humidity most of the year. When riding with my dog, I had a bottle for me an extra one even though she was relaxing in the basket. I would get off and pour water in the cap so she could drink out of it. It is important to stay hydrated in the heat while riding to avoid heat stroke. You can see my article about heat stroke and how to avoid it, here:

https://biking-club.com/my-heat-stroke-story/

Wrapping up

Don’t be afraid to try this with your dog. It is so fun to see your dog excited to go for a ride. I did this so much with my dog, she would see me putting on biking clothes, tying my shoes. She was jumping up and down. Yay! Mom is taking me riding again!

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Active Senior Cycling – Never too Old!

Staying Active Through Cycling While Aging

Senior couple mountain biking on a forest trail, low angle

As we age we get tired and sore quicker, as there are more aches and pains appearing all the time. These can inhibit your desire to exercise. As you know, know I have been riding my whole life. My knees are paying the price, they make a lot of noise, but do not hurt. I stay active in Chicago by walking absolutely everywhere, to work and back and all errands in winter. This spring I will be back on my bike!

Cycling is a great exercise for aging bodies as it is low impact and improves cardiovascular health. Riding can also keep our brains healthy!

 

How Do Aging Bodies Benefit from Cycling

Between the ages of 20 and 35 is when most people peek, and we heal quicker during those years. I notice this constantly. I am a bartender and on my feet all day, lifting heavy things. I can do this for long hours, but boy do I need rest a lot more now.

Studies have shown that cycling can slow down the progression of aging and loss of muscle and bone mass. The Guardian Report shows that in a five-year study by researchers at Glasglow University found that regular cycling reduced the risk of any cause of death by 41%. It was also found that cycling reduced the occurrence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%. The people were between the ages of 55 and 79.   

Healthy Heart

Other Benefits of Cycling in Senior years

  • Stabilized Testosterone Levels for Men
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Maintaining healthy body fat levels
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Improved Immunity, through T Cell production
  • Improved Brain Health 

3d rendering of the human brain on technology background represent artificial intelligence and cyberspace concept

Biking May Seem Dangerous in Senior Years

It is imperative to protect your knees. Knee braces can really help protect your knees when cycling. It is important to keep your knees facing forward (not wobbling outward or inward).

Always wear a helmet  

A senior Asian man of Japanese descent at the park, getting ready to ride his bicycle. He is buckling his bike helmet.

and travel in pairs and/or groups so, in case of a fall or other injury, there is someone there to help. Also, keep your bike well maintained and in good shape. If riding is too much for you, try an electric bike.  These are made for men and women and will get you out in the fresh air!

 

Balance problems and concerns

 

If you have balance issues and biking outside is too dangerous for you, consider taking a spinning class at the gym. I did these for years 3 times per week at the gym, it is fun! You can ride a stationary bike at the gym or in your own home. Doing this at home will save you the gym membership money if you don’t use the gym regularly. Yoga helps with balance and strength as well. You can also do Yoga at home, there are videos on YouTube, and on PBS from time to time. You can also buy an inexpensive DVD’s for home use.

Vision Concerns

Clear vision through glasses

When riding outside, stay extra cautious due to vision loss. I have prescription sunglasses and make sure there are no cars or other riders/walkers in my way before taking off. I am 54 and I do not want to fall off of my bike, which very rarely happens, but I did have a bad accident about a year and a half ago. It took an entire year for the worst wound to heal. I am very cautious since then.

See your eye doctor regularly for contacts/glasses/sunglasses, so your prescription can be updated.

Let’s have a Conversation

 

  1. Please leave question and comments. I am here to answer any questions you may have, so you feel safe and comfortable on your bikes.

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Cycling Clubs – Join and Meet Riders

Joining a cycling club

There are cycling clubs in every city and you do not have to sign up right away. If you ride around like I do you will see these groups riding. Don’t be shy, ask them if you can ride around with them. These people are usually very welcoming because the goal for these clubs is to ride with like-minded people. If you like it, join up and they will send you an email or text when they have a ride planned, it’s a blast!

My club

I have been in one when I lived in Tampa, it was so fun and I met many people who ride. When I was not riding with a club, I had friends to ride with who I met through the club. My only challenge was being a bartender and working every weekend because they had Personalities rides on Friday nights. If I was every off, I would go and loved it! This club was basically for pleasure, workout riding and stopping in outdoor cafes after for food and drinks to learn the community and explore. 

Below is an email I received from my club where I can reserve my spot.

 

Personalities of Club

There are a variety of clubs with different activities which is why it is important to do your research and figure out what you like and what you want to do and also have the time for. You will meet people with similar interests and may make a lifetime riding pal or even a partner.

For example, I have been single for years but now I am involved with a partner who is an adventurer like me and wants to do the same activities on our bikes. We live in the western suburbs of Chicago and we both have the strong desire to take our bikes on the train downtown and ride around the city and explore.

Some clubs are Sunday clubs riding and searching for cafe’s full of riders. Club ride leaders are expected to know the back roads to avoid traffic and other ways of helping you enjoy the ride and get a good workout.

Training

If you decide to join a bike club Personalities are knowledgeable people riding with you who can help you with your training. You may be interested in racing or doing a triathlon. You can have fun, get advice and have people to encourage you on your journey. There may be a doctor or physical therapist on your ride to tell you how to keep going, what to eat, drink and stay at your best for your goal.

Networking for business

You will meet a variety of people in different professions during these meetings. You may be looking for a job, for example, and meet someone who is hiring in your field. You may also be looking for employees, a housekeeper, babysitter, etc. These meetings are an excellent resource to meet people in your community.

Let Me Help You Find a Club

I will help you find a club in your city.  Just make a comment telling me where and what type of riding you like to participate in.  I will do the research for you and send you a link to the club’s website, where you will be able to get all the information you need.

Susan/Author

Specialized Cycling Clothing – Cool Your Ride!

Summer 2019 is approaching

Although most people who are living in winter now, summer will be here and let’s get out on our bikes. I urge you to remember that riding in the sun and hot temperatures can be uncomfortable. This article will address hot weather clothing and the importance of cooling yourself in hot climates while riding. I have had heat stroke and I made these clothing mistakes. You can see my story here: https://biking-club.com/my-heat-stroke-story/. I was sometimes wearing cotton when other clothes were not washed. No wonder I was hot!

Breathable fabric

Some people do not have a budget to purchase the appropriate clothing for cycling in hot weather. So many people ride in cotton t-shirts. Obviously you can do this but you’ll “drown” in your own sweat because cotton holds the sweat and it is not breathable. It is better to wear a cycling jersey made to keep you cool even on very long rides. Also, padded specialty shorts can keep your skin dry.

High Wicking Fabric

Wicking polyester has a special cross section which carries moisture away from the body, evaporating easily on the outside of the fabric.

Liters of sweat can shed on long rides in the sun so you can stay cool with a jersey made with a high wicking fabric. This fabric traps sweat, away from the skin and dries super fast. This will make a huge difference in your comfort level. I ride in summer to go grocery shopping to keep the sweat off of me so that when I walk into to AC I don’t have to freeze. This fabric wears and washes beautifully for years. In fall and spring, you can layer with a jacket and undergarments that are breathable as well.

Sun Protection and Fit

Cyclist sprinting past desert hills on a hot summers day.

Some jerseys provide sun protection with SPF and UPF ratings. It is difficult to apply sunscreen to your back so these jerseys can provide protection.

Depending on what type of riding you are doing, the fit is personal and important. For racing, you will want a tighter fit because they are more aerodynamic. For touring and leisure cycling you will want a looser fit. This will keep your skin dry and looks nice so you can meet a friend for a post-ride drink:)

I used to do this riding in Florida I would be out for hours in cotton and on the way back a friend would text and ask me to meet on my way back. I would arrive and he would say “you’re all sweaty”. My clothes were drenched.

Wrapping Up

 

As you may know, the purpose of my site is to help people with choosing gear on a budget. Spring and summer are on the way, let’s ride in comfort!

 

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Make Money from Home – Legitimate Company!

Wealthy Affiliate is a Legitimate Company

I have been a victim of many work-from-home from home scams in the past. I started researching every company as soon as they sent and email and looked up scams. I found this company researching scams and there was a scam review from someone at Wealthy Affiliate.

This is not me, but this is what I do from home

About Wealthy Affiliate

Weatly Affiliate is a legit training program which is free to join. It has a huge community support and top-notch training videos. If you follow the training and do what is taught right after when building your website, you will end up with a very professional website and a business email account. 

You can earn revenue through writing content and adding affiliate links for selling products that are relevant to your site. Click this link to learn more https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/order/signup .

There is a Low Cost to Become Successful

The starter membership is totally free and you will create a website that is completely hosted and supported through Word Press. Later in the training it is wise to purchase a domain for your brand so you can be visible. My domain cost me $14.00 for an entire year and price will never change.

I urge you to become a premium member at a reasonable cost. You will get so much more training and unlimited support for your website. You can create 25 websites also. Think of the exposure and revenue possible in the world of online shopping today!

This is NOT a Get Rich Quick Scam

You must have time to work to make an income. I work at least 30 hours a week writing, learning and doing research for my site. Please see my site here https://biking-club.com.

This is a great opportunity to working home

This will not happen overnight but with hard work and perseverance you will get the hang of it and the possibilities are endless. I am working this and another job at night. When I am off and the weather is bad I stay inside and work. 

I know my readers don’t know me but I would not wish being scammed by people as it has happened to me. They are a waste of time and money. Please just looks at the reviews and videos about Wealthy Affiliate.

Susan/Author

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