My little boy is just reaching the point this year when he was ready to ride a “big boy” bike. He’s been tooling around the cul-de-sac on other toys and kids’ vehicles, but it was finally time for him to learn to ride his own bike.
We wanted to make sure that he had the best bike to learn to ride on so we headed out to choose a Schwinn. I grew up riding Schwinn bikes, so I know how well they are built, and I’d recently read about the cool new SmartStart bike they’ve designed so I knew it would be perfect for my son.
The Schwinn Burnout SmartStart Bike is the perfect bike for a new rider because it was designed specially for with a child’s proportions in mind. The handle grips are smaller, the seat is angled more comfortably, and the pedals are closer together. The result is a bike that makes it easier for children to pedal and steer. When children are more comfortable on their bikes, they’re more interested in learning to ride.
The Schwinn SmartStart bike is light-weight for more stability and is safer because it wobbles less. The 16-inch wheel size is the standard learn-to-ride size, so the bike’s features are all perfect for new little bike riders. Once the child grows, the SmartStart seat is designed to raise up at an angle so the distance to the handle bars increases along with the child’s reach.
Like all Schwinn bikes, SmartStart bikes have a limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the bike
Schwinn has been the go-to resource for the recreational bike rider since 1895. When your child is ready to learn to ride, be sure to head to your local Toys”R”Us store to check out their selection of bikes and helmets.
Tips for Teaching a Child to Ride a Bike
Choose the Proper Size
Do not buy a bike that your child can ‘grow into’. You want your child to be able to safely and comfortably ride and stop, so choose a bike size that allows the child to stand over the top bar with both feet flat on the ground.
Make sure that your child wears a bike helmet each and every time he rides. The helmet should sit level on the head and should be no more than 1 inch above the eyebrows. If the helmet moves back and forth or falls forward when the child moves, the fit may need to be adjusted or another helmet size may be needed.
Start on Safe Ground
Find a large, flat, smooth area where there is no traffic, like an empty parking lot or driveway. Help the child pedal in a slow, straight line until he is able to pedal himself. It may take a while for your child to be able to start from a full stop, so be prepared to give him a little push to get going.
Turning and Steering
Once the child is able to move forward, encourage her to start large, slow turns. You can walk along beside her and show her where to go or set up a fun course for her to follow with cones. As she starts to get the hand of turning, make the turns a little smaller and let her try weaving back and forth through the cones.
Don’t forget to have your child practice using the brake. As they start learning to ride, many children put their feet down to slow and stop themselves, but need to know how to use the brakes later when they’re going faster. Show your child how to use both the pedal brake and the rear hand brake if the bike has one.