The clocks have gone back and the sunny days of summer and autumn are behind us, but hopefully the colder weather and shorter days are not stopping you and your family from getting out on your balance bikes!
Children love to get outdoors whatever the weather, and we have already looked at the major health benefits of balance bikes which include regular exercise and social bonding. This means that you need to wrap up warm and get out on your bike even if it is cold and wet outside!
You should take some extra precautions to using balance bikes in the winter as opposed to the happy days of shorts and t shirts in the summer. If it does get very cold and icy, then it may be best to leave the bikes indoors for a few days to try and prevent accidents due to skids and tumbles on icy pavements.
If you think the pavement and the playground has the all clear from ice, then there should be nothing to stop you from enjoying your family outing to the park as normal. However, there are some extra precautions that you should take as you should make your child and the bike as visible as possible during the gloomy winter days. This means wearing reflective clothing and adding lights and reflectors to the bike.
It is also worth giving your bike some routine safety checks before the winter really kicks in. This can include making sure that the wheels and handlebars are tightly in place and that all of the various nuts and bolts are secure. If your bike has pneumatic air tyres, you should also make sure these are fully pumped up.
It goes without saying that you should also make sure that everybody wraps up well to stay as warm as possible during the winter months. Children riding balance bikes should wear safety gear such as helmets and knee pads as normal – they will of course need to wear a coat although some people find that very bulky coats can get in the way of a good bike ride. A good quality fleece may be the best option.
Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, balance bikes are a great way to have fun so we hope that you enjoy yours over the forthcoming winter weeks and months!