Kids and bicycle
Pedaling and keeping balance - cycling is not so easy!
Cycling begins long before a child gets his first bike. Parents should teach their children early enough to become accustomed to mobility. First practice rides on the bike should happen in places without traffic. Children under six years of age are allowed to cycle on main roads only under the supervision of an adult.
Children should wear long pants and closed shoes to protect their skin in case of falls. It might also make sense to wear bike gloves to protect the hands when falling.
Here are a few tips when buying a child bike and helmet:
- Never buy a bike to your child to grow into. On a heavy and big bike the kid cannot drive stable and safely.
- Children helmets should not be purchased to grow into either. The helmet must fit properly. Your child must also like the helmet he gets, so that he will never refuse to wear it anytime. Anyone traveling by bike should wear a bike helmet – this applies to adults and children too. Research shows that bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury in an accident by as much as 85 percent.
- When trying on and wearing a bike helmet, do not rely on a size label, they are often incorrect. Make sure the child tries on the helmet and that the helmet sits squarely on the head, with the front of the helmet low on the brow, protecting the forehead.
- Side straps should be fastened securely just below and in front of the ears. There should be no slack in the system when the chin-strap is fastened. If a helmet is worn too loosely, it slides back (exposing the forehead) or falls off in a crash. When trying on a helmet, it should fit snuggly and barely move.
We recommend helmets with the European Seal of Approval EN 1078 (CE), because this is only awarded for safe helmets. Tests have shown that expensive helmets might not be better than cheaper ones.
Do you remember when you bought your bike helmet? UV rays have an impact on the outer layers of a helmet reducing their protective effect. A bike helmet should therefore be replaced approximately every 4-5 years. If a bicycle helmet suffered a strong impact, even just falling to the ground, it can be damaged. Even if no breakage or cracking is visible, the helmet should be replaced.
Additional features can increase the safety, the comfort or the look of the helmets. For better visibility, a light can be attached to the helmet, so that other road users see the cyclists in the dark or in bad weather conditions – such as the LED lights on the animal Crazy Safety bike helmets.
Yakkay helmets fit with many self-adhesive foam pads on the head shape, which have the advantage that the air can circulate freely.
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