I'm admittedly an indoor person. In fact, my daughter practically broke out into happy tears when yesterday– the day we got her Performance Girl's Starling that I agreed to go on a family bike ride.
I have to admit: After dusting off my 10-speed, which has been hanging in the garage since we moved to Staten Island nine years ago, it felt good, even liberating, being outdoors in the fresh air. And I wondered: Why didn't I get my rather large derriere on a bike seat earlier? Of course, I can give you a litany of excuses. But the truth is I was just lazy and it's far easier to make excuses and watch marathon episodes of the Golden Girls in my air-conditioned living room than it is to suit up in a pair of biking shorts, strap on a helmet and get pedaling.
However, seeing the excitement my participation in a family bike engendered in my daughter, I realized hanging with her outdoors is a privilege. You'd think after nine years of being in this parenting game, I'd have it down to a science, but I'm forever learning to step up to the challenges of parenting and overcoming my inclination to be lazy!
Check out my girl's feelings about getting her brand new Performance Bicycle in this youtube video below!
If like me you need a little push to get outside, summer is the perfect time to get your kids on their first bicycle with training wheels or to ditch the training wheels all together.
The truth is your child will remember his or her first bike just like you remember your first car. So how can you get started, and find the perfect bicycle for your little tyke? You can use this growth chart to find the right size bike for your kids: http://www.performancebike.
- Get the seat height correct – High enough that kids get proper leg extension, but not so high that they can't stop quickly or put a foot on the ground.
- Kids like dressing up. Look for kid-sized jerseys, shorts, gloves and eyewear to help with comfort and create excitement around riding. And don't forget the helmets!
- Create a destination. “Let's go for a ride!” may not hold as much air as “Let's all ride to get ice cream!”
- Stop frequently. Little legs and little lungs need many short breaks. Even that ride to the ice cream parlor may include a stop at the playground.
Disclosure: Performance Bicycle sent me a bike to facilitate this post but all opinions, as is always the case, which are expressed are my own.