Like me, I bet a lot of you learned to ride a bike by graduating from a big wheel to a trike and then to a bike with training wheels. Then the day came, the day that you first feel freedom. The freedom of wind in your hair, wheels spinning fast enough to comply with physics and voila...you're riding a bike! I imagine you have some fun pictures and fond memories of your first bike. It's a proven way to go to learn to ride a bike, no doubt about it. It's stood the test of time.
However, in my opinion, there is a more natural way to get youngsters riding bikes. They're known as balance bikes or glide bikes. They're very light weight bikes that a child can easily straddle as young as 12-months. Once your little once can stand and straddle the bike, they'll start to scoot around on it. They learn to steer and then gradually they start taking longer strides. They start to glide longer and longer between strides, learning balance in a vary natural way, with no dependence on training wheels. Once they have the idea of balance and steering, the transition to a bike with pedals is much simpler, they only have two things to focus on, pedaling and stopping.
The bikes are very light, so the kids can handle them, also teaching independence. The tires are a solid soft rubber, no pumping or punctured tubes! The Yuba Flip Flop is a super versatile version and features a rear rack with optional panniers and even a small mountable front rack so your little one can be like Mommy and Daddy and tote along their favorite stuffed animal, toy, and of course snacks!
The name Flip Flop has a reversible frame that can be run in the convex mode, for lower standover and suitable for the young or short inseam kiddos. When they are big enough, flip that frame over for more standover and it can work for kids up to 6-years old.
The Flip Flop comes in cow, giraffe and lime green. The saddle bags and front rack are nice little touches to personalize. I've got these little guys in stock so your little one can take one for a test glide! It's a great way to see how naturally kids pick up the concepts on them. I get pretty stocked about any bike, but these little guys hold a special place in my heart because they get kids hooked on riding. What's better than that?
Get those young'uns gliding, and soon they'll be riding!
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.