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Tips for Biking with Kids

Family Biking Basics

A lot of activities are restricted right now.  Thankfully you can still get outside. Biking with your kiddos is a great family activity to do together. We’ve got a few simple tips for you to make it a successful activity – coming straight from a Kid that LOVES biking with her dad (who happens to also be ERIK’S Kenilworth Milwaukee store manager)!

Ready to get riding? Make sure you follow all CDC guidelines including 6 feet of social distancing with anyone you meet along your way. With that said, let’s recap the key things you’ll need to make biking with your kids a great experience:

  1. Pack hydration and lots of snacks — Biking requires a good amount of exertion. It’s always a great idea for each family member to have their own water bottle and/or hydration pack as well as extra energy bars to keep everyone fueled up.
  2. Dress in layers — Make sure everyone bundles up in layers so they are comfortable at the start of the ride, but can easily remove layers as they warm up from pedaling. Consider bringing a bike bag to hold anything not being worn or used.
  3. Wear a helmet — Make this non-negotiable with your kids and be sure to wear one yourself! Keep your noggins safe!
  4. Lights on — Even if you’re riding during the daytime, lights are still a good idea. They’ll increase your family’s visibility making sure no one goes unnoticed by the cars passing by.
  5. Be prepared — You may also want to bring bike locks if you plan to stop at a cafe or store while you’re out. And its not a bad idea to have simple tools and a few spare tubes on hand to take care of any surprise flats.
  6. Keep the distances manageable — Start out with shorter rides and go a little further each time to build up your family’s stamina. 
  7. Pick fun stops — It’s a lot more fun to have a destination. These days this might a little harder so maybe you find a fun landmark. Or call ahead to find out if your ice cream shop is doing takeout.
  8. Capture the moment — You should have your phone with you. Make sure to take a few pictures of your adventures. Take @eriksbikeboardski to share your journey with us.

And most importantly, have fun! Your kids are more likely to get excited about the next adventure if they enjoyed the last one… and so are you!

Need to buy a bike for your kid?

If your little one needs a new bike, we’re stocked (and can even ship select bikes directly to your home). Learn how to determine which size of bike your child needs here as well as other helpful information to help you choose the best bike for your kid. Our customer service team is always available to help answer any questions you have too.