What’s one of your favourite memories from being a child?
No matter what age, I bet it included bikes or maybe one of those cute ride on toys!
When you were little, maybe 3 years, 4 years or 5 years old, there’s the first memory of mum or dad teaching you to ride. The ride on toys swapped for a bicycle, then the stabilisers coming off and…freedom!
From then on, you and your friends would spend hours on your bikes going for a ride. And why wouldn’t they?
Mum wanted you to collect something from the shop? No bother, you had your own set of wheels! The world was your oyster! You were free to explore your neighbourhood, your environment, free to go where you wanted to for free!
And still today, kids of all ages love to ride. From their very first ride ons to the more grown up bikes with a basket to hold all their toys, kids today class their first bikes as one of their best toys.
Some kids can begin to pedal a tricycle as toddlers, between age 1 and 3 years. Most can ride a children’s tricycle well by about 4 years.
But when is your child ready to ride a bike?
Once they reach that first milestone of riding a bike—pedalling instead of being a ride ons—several years or more might go by before they reach the next one—balancing well enough that they can ride a bike with just two wheels. This can start at any age and may take months, but the main thing is patience!
To help your little one get their balance on a ride-on toy, find a safe, flat area where your toddler can try out their skills. Make sure they wears a well-fitting helmet and a long-sleeved top and trousers in case of any scrapes.
Here’s some more tips:
Use balance bikes instead of a bicycle with training wheels to ride. It feels more like a toy to your toddler.
Take the pedals off and lower the seat, to have it act as a balance bicycle.
Instead of yelling to stay balanced, tell them to turn in the direction that they are falling, which should straighten them out.
Take into account your kids personality, their skills and work to their strengths.
Most of all, make it fun! This is their toy ultimately and this is how they learn to play and ride.
How to choose their bicycle?
It’s not always down to brands. Sometimes it might be brands that you’ve grown up with and trust, but ultimately the only brands that you should choose, are ones that suit your kids needs.
When you go shopping, you need to work out all the details and spec that you will need.
Set your price range and look for something within that. At Beehive Toys our ride ons start from 24.99 to 74.99 and our bikes range start from 34.99 right up to 149.99. So you can spend a little or you can spend a lot! The choice is yours. And don’t forget the necessary add ons that can mount up costs. You will definitely need to purchase children’s helmets, safety equipment, and perhaps a basket…it all can add on the pennies.
Once you have an idea of your price range, and what you need for child and their age or capabilities, you can now refine your search.
Visit Beehive Shop in person, and as long as it’s in stock, you can take it for a test drive in store!
And also, if it’s stock, you can collect it that same day.
We will give you our best advice and offer you customer support every step of the way. Whether that’s in person as a customer or if you click onto our website page and add to basket! you can also browse our toys online, just click next to the product for more information, or in store. Search to find the ride on toys that you think is suitable and click to get next day delivery if the ride on toys in stock.
We cater for all ages and to suit all children’s needs.
So, call into the Beehive shop, click online and add to basket, collect in store or enjoy next day delivery…start your shopping, learn about brands and enjoy introducing your little one to the cycling world!