Baby on board: cycling with kids
4 February, 2021
A lot changes when you have kids. Suddenly, the whole house is baby-proofed and safety comes first. But that doesn’t mean you have to put down the bike. These tips will have you riding with a very safe (and happy) co-pilot.
At what age should a child ride with you on a bike?
A common question asked, is: at what age is it safe to put a baby on a bike? We'd recommend no younger than 9 months, however what’s more important than age, is your baby’s development. Wait until the bub can sit up on their own – including with a little helmet on their head – before they start riding with you.
How do you attach a baby bicycle seat?
Once your baby is able to hold themselves upright, baby bike seats can be easily attached to the back or front of your bike. The Polisport Baby Seat provides a safe and snug design that secures your precious cargo, and it's easy to grab an extra bracket so you can easily switch between bikes (we’re all about co-parenting).
In case you're wondering, yes this baby seat DOES mount to Reid's Ladies Vintage bikes and cruisers ;)
Where should you go riding with your kids?
There are loads of protected bicycle paths in Australia - these are you safest option, and perfect for building your confidence. Once you graduate from the paths however, we'd recommend you stick to roads with lower speed limits, and bike lanes where possible.
Types of Kids Bikes for progression
Once everything is going smoothly, you might be disappointed to notice that your co-pilot is quickly out-growing their baby seat. Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage that we all remember with fondness and frustration, and patience is key.
Kids Balance Bikes
Balance bikes provide a fantastic introduction for teaching kids to ride a bike by themselves. Being ultra light they allow kids to perfect the art of balancing on a bike before jumping onto a bike with pedals. Check out our Explorer S Balance Bike.
Kids Bike with Training Wheels
Some schools of thought don’t recommend training wheels, as they teach kids that they don’t need to balance when sitting on a bike. Others stress the importance of training wheels for building confidence. We provide kids bikes with detachable training wheels, allowing kids to build up their confidence at a pace they are comfortable with. Check out our range of Kids Vintage Bikes with training wheels.
Adapting to Kids Bikes
Progressing to a kids bike without training wheels gives kids the ultimate freedom. Our bikes are lightweight and durable to withstand years of love.
Before you hit the road, check out our range of baby carriers, kids' bikes and gear that could improve your cycling experience with your kids or chat to the friendly team at Reid Cycles.. Grab a helmet, head to the backyard or a local park, and enjoy cycling with your kids! good luck!