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Who is the running bike for?
Running bikes do not have pedals and thus activate the whole body of the child, allowing for comprehensive development.
You can start learning to ride a bike from the age of 18 months.
Is it worth buying a cross-country bike?
A cross-country bike is a great invention and it is worth investing in it. For many reasons. Among others, because:
- he trains balance and muscle strength,
- allows you to practice coordination and a sense of rhythm,
- develops a sense of balance associated with the sense of hearing,
- positively affects spatial orientation, distance assessment,
- trains eye focus,
- allows you to improve your concentration,
- practices planning and anticipation,
All of the above skills prepare the child for the more complex tasks that he will face in the future: including reading and writing.
In addition, running a cross-country bicycle is a guarantee of an easier transition to a traditional bicycle (with pedals), without side wheels.
The size of the cross country bike
A well-chosen cross-country bike is one in which, with the maximum lowered seat, the child has his legs on the ground and rests them with his whole foot (the bike is too big, if with the maximum lowering of the saddle the child reaches the ground only with his fingers or tilts to one side). Too high a bike not only that it will be uncomfortable, but also can cause an asymmetrical position of the child. Toddler leaning to one side may consolidate the asymmetry of posture.
In addition, the right choice of bike size allows you to feel confident on the vehicle faster. Thus, there is less risk that the child will become discouraged, giving up the desire to continue playing.
For all these reasons it's not worth buying an exaggerated bike, although theoretically it may seem attractive from an economic point of view. If you can't afford a new bike, it's always worth looking for used bikes.
Most bicycle models have the option of adjusting the seat within 10 cm, which usually allows them to be used for at least two seasons.
How to adjust the height of the cross-country bike?
If you are not able to try on several models of your bike, it is worth spending a few moments to measure your toddler at home. All you have to do is measure it to the floor and measure the length of the child's leg. To make it easier for us and for the measurement to be correct, the child should wear shoes and a book should be placed between the legs. The value we are interested in is the length from the floor to the spine of the book.
The youngest children may have a slightly lower seat - 1-2 cm lower than the crotch, which will help them learn how to move on a bicycle.
Wooden or metal cross-country bicycle?
Wooden running bikes are usually lighter than metal ones and that's their main advantage. They are made of durable and strong wood resistant to moisture and temperature changes. Unfortunately, their main disadvantage is the fact that they usually have smaller adjustment possibilities, which is why they last for a shorter time.
Another type is composite bikes that are lighter than wooden and metal bikes. Unfortunately, however, also more expensive.
Too big a "vehicle" for a small two-year-old can discourage him from learning to balance. Therefore, for the beginning, the best are models weighing around 3 kg. Their additional advantage is the fact that they are easier to carry.
Balance bike with or without brake?
Most children, especially at the beginning of the adventure with a cross country bike, brakes with the help of legs. The first steps on a bicycle are based mainly on walking than running. The toddler's legs are always in contact with the ground, so stopping is not a problem. In addition, for a two-year-old, pressing the handbrake mechanism is not easy, not to mention coordinating the movement of the legs and the hand work needed for this.