Taking your kids out on their bikes is a great way to spend a day. Follow these tips to make sure there are big smiles to go with the tired legs when you get back home.
Make a plan, start small and work your way up. It sometimes helps to have a destination to head for, even if it’s just a playground. Don’t go too far, avoid hills and stay away from roads as much as possible. As they gain confidence and grow stronger they’ll be able to go further. Check out our article on great places to take your kids cycling around Brighton & Hove here
Wear helmets (Mum and Dad too) and make sure each time you put them on they are correctly adjusted to the head. Use sun-cream and pack a basic First Aid kit: wet wipes, plasters and anti-sceptic cream should be enough.
Leggings or tracksuit bottoms are more comfortable to ride in than jeans. Depending on the season and the weather, you may have to set out with a couple of layers on: these can be removed as you warm up and put back on when you stop for lunch. If there’s a chance of rain, you will need a jacket – nothing curbs enthusiasm like being cold and wet!
Food & Drink
As well as a picnic or a planned lunch stop, you’ll need snacks, to keep energy levels up and to encourage them that little bit further. Fruit, crisps, cereal bars or chocolate - whatever works for your kids. Knowing there’s somewhere you can get ice-cream is a big tick. You’ll also need plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated – regular sips throughout the day works best.
Keep it fun
Kids will want to stop every 5 minutes to check out a bug, scramble up a muddy bank or climb a tree. Go at their pace and be prepared to let them stop and explore. They’ll have a great day out that they can’t wait to do again.