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12 Fun Outdoor Activites To Do On Your Bike

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The kids at Kidvelo Bikes Australia have come up with 12 Fun Outdoor Activities to do during lockdown on your bike !

  1. Spot a Rainbow - Go for a Bike Ride and the next time you spot a rainbow see if you can memorise the correct order of colours !
  2. Build an obstacle course to navigate on your bike.
  3. Ride to your nearest lake or river and learn how to skim stones.
  4. Explore a new bike track that you havent been to before.
  5. Beach Ride. Build a sandcastle or collect shells and make a seaside picture.
  6. Go on a Night Time ride with an adult.
  7. Learn some new Bike Tricks. Take a video of yourself and send it to a friend to see if they can do them too.
  8. Go on a Photography Ride. Take a camera, phone or Ipad and take photos of things that interest you. Share them with your grandparents or family.
  9. Find a log, branch, or rock and practice riding on it to see if you can keep your balance.
  10. Go on a Sensory Ride. Explore what different trees and plants smell and look like.
  11. Draw a Bike Maze or a Race Track using chalk on the footpath to follow.
  12. Explore a new outdoor place that you haven't been to before. It could be a park, bike track, nature reserve or flower garden.

WIN WIN WIN - Post a pic or video of your favorite outdoor bike activity on our Facebook Page for your chance to WIN a $150 Xchange Sports Australia On-line Store Voucher - Ends 31st August 2021

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How To Teach Your Child To Ride A Bike

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Many of us have a pretty dramatic story of when we first learned to ride a bike!


There’s no denying that the first time you got up on that unfamiliar seat it all seemed pretty high up and intimidating. Even if you had training wheels on, your coordination and steering were just all over the place when you started out. Plus, you had to get used to pedals and brakes while you were just trying to figure out how to balance and turn. You probably felt like Bambi sliding around on the ice. Chances are when you were wobbling around you had your fair share of bumps and falls, a few surprise collisions with trees or gutters or unexpected gravel (but you were fine, with your helmet on). Early on, it also would have been pretty scary for the grownups who were trying to teach you, especially if you decided to zoom off down the hill before you’d figured out how to stop!

Learning to ride is a lot to take in all at once. It’s an important milestone for independence, and it’s still a pretty big part of being a kid. Kidvelo Balance Bikes make the journey so much easier. Suitable for kids aged 18 months and over, these lightweight bikes are an easy introduction to balance, steering and leaning, without having to worry about pedals. This teaches them important skills in speed-control and stabilising on two wheels, which is something they miss out on with standard training wheels. Your child can learn to move around on a bicycle while safely having their feet on the ground. This helps them to learn coordination at their own comfortable pace so that when they do get on that big-kid bike they’ll be confident and ready.

You’ll still follow these same helpful hints for teaching a child to ride:

  1. Make sure the height is right! Kidvelo Balance Bikes have adjustable seating, so you can make sure the child’s feet are firmly on the ground and their knees are bent. This way they will have security and control over their movement.
  2. Cheer them on! Be positive and supportive. It’s ok if they don’t get it right away, everyone learns at their own speed. Speaking of which..
  3. Let them set the pace. It’s important for children to feel confident and decide when they’re ready to go faster or glide with their feet off the ground.
  4. Let ‘er tip! You can support the child, if they need it, but let them ‘right’ the bike themselves. With a Kidvelo Balance Bike, they’ll easily be able to stabilise themselves when they feel the bike start to tip.

And, of course, remember to strap on that helmet and any other safety gear you need. After they’ve mastered the Kidvelo Balance Bike, they’ll be ready to transition to pedals. While the Kidvelo Rookie12 bikes are suitable for kids aged 18 months to 3 years, not everyone has the opportunity to learn to ride when they’re very young. That’s why we also have the Kidvelo Rookie14 and Kidvelo Rookie18 with attachable pedal kits, for kids aged 4+ (it’s never too late to join the fun!).

Kidvelo Balance Bikes and Balance to Pedal Bikes – for Aussie kids of all ages and abilities!

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Benefits of a Balance Bike

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You can get alot of benefits from riding a balance bike. But here are the reasons we think Balance bikes rule!



Reason 1 – They Promote Exercise

Did you know that children are supposed to exercise for 60 minutes a day? That’s an easy goal to reach with a Balance Bike. They are a great way to get kids out of the house and into the great outdoors to play. It is so important that kids understand the importance of being healthy and Balance Bikes are a fun way to practice exercise. It will help with endurance, speed, and coordination.


Reason 2 – No Bad Habits

Training wheels and tricycles cause children to acquire bad cycling habits at a young age. This is because these types of bikes don’t teach children how to balance. They only teach children how to pedal and steer. Yes, these are important, but not nearly as important as learning how to balance. Children who become dependent on training wheels have a much harder time making the transition to a bicycle.


Reason 3 – Safety

Balance Bikes are safer than training wheels or a tricycle because they ride like a regular bicycle. They won’t get stuck on rough surfaces or have difficulty turning corners. Additionally, it is easy for children to drop their feet back onto the ground if they ever lose balance. Kids are in control with Balance Bike, but safety precautions should always be taken while riding any type of bike. Always be sure your child is properly equipped with headgear and pads to avoid injuries.


Reason 4 – They are Fun!

Kids will have a blast while riding one. They can stand, sit, walk, run and glide. Balance Bikes are a perfect way for kids to spend their afternoon. Hit the skate park, ride to your local snow cone shack or just play around in the yard, there are so many things to do and places to go on a Balance Bike.


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Learning with Ride-on-Toys

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I see this question come from a lot of my family members who see my daughter gliding around on her balance bike.


STAGE 1 (Ages 1+)

By the time children are 1 year old, they start interacting with ride-on toys. From ages 1-3, they are primarily scooting along with toys that offer the capabilities of steering, and being that they are close to the ground it allows control of movement by the child’s feet.


STAGE 2 (Ages 2-5)

Children often master the coordination of scoot-along toys by the time they are 2 years old, but often ride them up until they are 4 years old. The next stage is the tricycle stage. The tricycle stage includes the classic tricycles we rode as children as well as modern versions from Ybike. Stage 2 gives children a little more freedom and maneuverability and allows that child to go faster. This is a good stage to teach the proper aspects of safety; always wear a helmet & stay out of the road.


STAGE 3 (Ages 3-6)

Now they have mastered the tricycle and want to ride bikes like the “big kids” in the neighborhood. While some parents have leaned towards a 2-wheel pedal bike with training wheels, we recommend a balance bike. Balance bikes, often referred to as run bikes, stride bikes, glide bikes and look like a bike but with no pedals. We noticed with our first child that he relied too much on the training wheels and never really gained any confidence in balancing. Since most children have learned the basics of pedaling in the tricycle stage we like to focus on balancing in Stage 3. Balance bikes allow the children to start walking with the bike; proceed to an occasional balance and then to an all-out run and glide. Even after a child masters the balance bike they often go back to it for jumping ramps and going down small hills. We strongly recommend helmets, knee pads and wrist guards.


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Why Buy a Balance Bike!

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Do you look back to those distant days of our childhood with fond memories of summer holidays spent bombing around on your bike with friends and family. 


Why Buy a Balance Bike?

When it comes to buying your child’s first bike there are a lot of things that come into mind. Will it be safe? What training bike will actually help them learn to ride? Is my child going to have fun, or just get frustrated? All of these questions are important ones to ask. It is easy to get lost while searching for the best bike for our child, luckily Balance Bike is here to help. Balance Bikes are the best way for any child to learn how to ride for multiple reasons. So back to the beginning, why buy a balance bike?


They are Safe.

First, they are safe. With Balance Bikes, the risk of falling is greatly reduced because they don’t have pedals. Pedals get in the way and distract children if they fall. When riding a Balance Bike, children can easily place their feet on the ground if they ever lose balance. There, your first question “will it be safe?” is answered. Balance Bikes are safe but should always be ridden with the proper safety gear.


They will help them Learn to Ride.

To answer the second question, “what training bike will actually help them learn to ride”, Balance Bike will! There are so many benefits to riding a Balance Bike. They teach children the correct way to ride compared to training wheels. The most important component of a Balance Bike is that they teach children balance- a key part of riding a bicycle. Children are able to focus on the hardest part of riding and not have to learn something brand new when they transition to a bicycle. Balancing and steering will be mastered in no time on a Balance Bike.


Kids will have a Pure Fun.

Balance Bikes are pure fun for kids. If you’re planning on buying a bike for your son or daughter, We have a great range of lightweight Balance Bikes to choose from. They come in different designs, multiple different colors and designs and sizes! Kids can ride for hours on one because they don’t create frustrations. Training wheels and tricycles can get stuck on gravel, rough surfaces or have trouble turning corners. All of these things can discourage children to continue practicing. Balance Bikes ride exactly like a bicycle and eliminate these difficulties. In turn, they encourage kids to keep riding and improving.

So, why buy a balance bike? There are tons of reasons including safety, fun, learning and even a low price. Buy one now on our online balance bikes or visit your local retail store.


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Balance Bike Buying Guide

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Balance bikes seem pretty simple, but everything from tire type to brakes and even sizing a balance bike can quickly get complicated!



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What is a Balance Bike For?

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Balance bikes, Running Bikes, Pedal-less bikes, Strider bikes, First Bikes - whatever you call them, balance bikes are everywhere!



Choosing the best bike for your child is easy!

It’s time to buy your child’s first bike and the question keeps coming to mind… “what bike will be best for my child?”. To answer that question, the first thing you are going to want to consider are your different options. There are ton’s of bikes available on the market right now, but there is only one that will be perfect for your child.

You could choose to go the training wheels route, but let’s be honest… the only thing training wheels do is teach kids how NOT to ride. They are hard to ride, control and they tip over easily. Training wheels also get stuck on gravel, are heavy and don’t teach kids how to balance. So now training wheels are out of the question, what else could you pick? You could choose to start your child with a tricycle, but those present the same challenges and negative effects as training wheels. Luckily, there is a better alternative to both of these. Introducing the Balance Bike!


What is a Balance Bike?

Simply put, Balance Bikes are the best way for kids to learn how to ride a bike. Imagine a regular bike, shrink it and take away the pedals. That’s a Balance Bike for you! It’s just a small bike without pedals that allow children to learn the key components of riding a bike without having to worry about pedaling. There are so many benefits to riding a Balance Bike, the major one being… kid’s learn how to balance! As any bike rider knows, this is a crucial skill for any bike ride to be successful. In addition to learning the skill of balance, kids will also experience a stress free ride. They don’t have to worry about turning corners or falling on loose gravel. This is because a Balance Bike is built to ride just like a regular bicycle. They can be ridden for miles making the fun endless.


When can my child start riding a Balance Bike?

Balance Bikes are made for children ages 2+. It doesn’t take long until your little one will be riding like a champion. Balance Bikes are are a perfect match for kids going through the physical and cognitive development of these ages. To learn more about why this is the best age for a Balance Bike, click here.


Convinced yet?

To purchase a Balance Bike, check out our Balance Bike Shop, and don’t forget to stay updated on social media!



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Balance Bike vs Training Wheels

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Just because we all grew up using training wheels doesn’t mean that our kids don’t deserve better!



What’s wrong with training wheels?

The balance bike vs training wheels debate is booming. Here you can learn all the facts. Training wheels and tricycles teach children how to NOT ride a bike because they aren’t built to ride like a normal bicycle. These bikes “pre-balanced” meaning a child will still have to learn how to balance after transitioning to a regular bike. These bikes ignore the most important part of riding – balance. Training wheels and tricycles are hard to ride a long distance, because they can easily get caught on gravel or rough surfaces, and they lose their balance easily.

A good majority of people reading this right now probably learned to ride using training wheels or a tricycle. Think back on those memories, practicing for hours and when you were ready to try out a pedal bike…WHAM. Right into the concrete. Mom and Dad were always there to help out. A few bumps and bruises, then right back at it. Falling is inevitable if a child doesn’t understand how to balance. Without learning this skill, kids will struggle for longer than if they had used a bike that required them to practice balance. Learning how to pedal will come naturally after using a Balance Bike.


Why are Balance Bikes Better?

A Balance Bike looks and rides exactly like a normal bike AND provides a safer riding experience. After trying to ride a bicycle as a kid and failing horribly,  I think we can all agree that the hardest part of bike training, not pedaling. With a Balance Bike, kids use their feet to propel forward. As they become more confident, they lift their feet and simultaneously practice balance and steering. If they ever lose balance, they can simply just drop their feet back on the ground.



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