Children's Cycling ClothesOur children's cycling apparel is designed to support active children while being comfortable and fun. Our bright and colorful children's cycling jerseys will bring a smile to your child's face.
Our children's cycling jerseys are made with a high performance wicking material to keep your kids dry and cool. Each creative pattern is printed through sublimation so the colors never fade. The bike shorts have a special wicking chamois pad that is soft and smooth to help your child ride longer. Read More
How To Get Your Children Excited About Cycling
A family that cycles together, stays together. Cycling with your children is a great way to spend time outside and build memories, as well as healthy habits. Enjoy the day and when it’s done, you'll want to plan your next family cycling trip!
Benefits to Cycling
Cycling is fantastic for children - it helps them get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which most children don't achieve. Here are some of the many additional benefits cycling can do for your children:
* Boost positive mental attitude and relieve stress
* Improves family bonding
* Helps children get to know their local area and be a part of it
* Keep minds alert and ready to learn
* Improves fitness by toning muscles and raising metabolic rate
Cycling is easier to learn at a young age and is a life skill that your children will have forever.
When Can I Bring My Child with Me on a Ride?
If you want to start your children early, you don't need wait until they can pedal. There are a few options to consider when you're traveling with little ones.
Child seats: These are affordable and great for outings in good weather. Most suit children from nine months to three or four years. Rear-mounted seats are widely available, cost effective, and some have the added advantage of reclining so your toddler can sleep. On the downside, you can't talk easily to your toddler and you'll be obscuring their view. Front-mounted seats have your little one up front and you can talk to them as you pedal, and they can see where you're going. A front-mounted seat makes getting on and off your bike easier than a rear-mounted seat, as you can hop on the bike and lift your child up, rather than holding the weight of the bike and the child upright as you climb on yourself. A drawback, however, is that it can affect your steering and balance.
Bike trailers: Much greater capacity, better bike handling, and protection from weather (sun, rain, wind) and insects. The age range is wider than with a seat – from about eight weeks up to six years. Trailers are safer than seats, they’re more visible and wider, which encourages drivers to give you room. If you should fall, the trailer should remain upright, and even if not, the children are protected by a roll-cage. Also, they may look bulky but most trailers fold flat. The drag of a trailer is noticeable on even the slightest hill, so the bike needs a low bottom gear. Good brakes are essential for descending, but shouldn’t be used suddenly or the trailer may disconcertingly shunt the towing bike. Trailers can also be difficult to carry up and down steps and require storage space at home.
Cargo bikes: Freight bikes, also known as cargo bikes, might be relatively expensive but they're a great option if you want to transport several children by bike. Many have three wheels and the kids sit in a sturdy box in front of you, safely strapped in with a safety harness. Some come with fittings for a baby car seat and you can seat older children on the back. You might find their weight an uphill struggle. However there are now electronic models available that can give you the extra push you need when tackling steeper hills.
Tag-along trailers:These open-seat trailers attach to the back half of an adult bike, allowing a child to be towed. You can attach these to any bike, including a tandem.
Check your brakes regularly as you'll be carrying extra weight. Just remember to cycle gently and slow your speed as babies can be sensitive to jolts and bumps.
Teaching Your Child How to Ride a Bike
Learning to ride a bicycle is a big milestone in a child's life. Always make sure your child is comfortable and confident before moving to the next step.
Most children around three to four-years-old start to develop a good sense of balance and coordination when they begin with a balance bike, or a strider. A balance bike is a simplified bike with no pedals. The aim of a balance bike is to focus on learning how to balance and to then let steering come naturally. With no pedals, children can concentrate on balancing by sitting on the saddle and propelling themselves forward with a striding motion. Once balancing and steering are mastered, children find it far easier to learn how to ride their first pedal bike. Starting with this method will make it easier to transition to a bike with pedals.
When your child is ready for the first try, make sure to choose a simple and easy place. A safe, large, open space for your budding cyclist works best. Avoid areas with soft grass as the bike will not balance well. Hold on to your child, not the bike. Support them by standing behind them and holding under the armpits. A sturdy jacket or sweater will give you something to grip on. Refrain from holding the handlebars as your child needs to feel able to respond to the motion of the bike. Encourage your child to look up, let go of the brakes and pedal. Push your child along and let the bike wander in any direction. Demonstrate how to steer the bike by leaning your child towards the left and right. While walking forwards, slowly release your grip. Stop after three to five feet. If your child is ready, you can gradually let go sooner, but stay close by your child if anything goes wrong.
Buying the Right Bike for Your Child
When buying a bike for your child, you'll want to spend your money wisely. Children's bikes generally fall into age categories, but as long as your child can reach the brakes safely and change gear easily, there is nothing to prevent you buying a bigger bike from a different age category.
Just remember, your child will get more enjoyment out of cycling – and more miles – with a lighter bike. Buy your child a bike which fits now, rather than one he/she can grow into. This will make the whole experience of learning to ride more enjoyable. Ask your local bike shop for advice and take your child along to try out different sizes.
The number of gears is a badge of honor, but too many gears can be confusing for children and can cause mechanical complications. For starters, one gear is best; a three-speed hub for second bikes; and a 7-speed or 8-speed derailleur for pre-teens.
Teach your child responsibility by taking care of their bike. Like any machine, a bike will work better and last longer if cared for properly. Get your child in the habit of checking the bikes regularly - simple checks and maintenance can help you have hassle-free riding and avoid repairs. Your child will love helping and seeing how a bike works.
Buying the Right Gear for Your Child
Wearing the right cycling gear is important for any cyclist, no matter the age. At Aero Tech Designs, our products are created to keep you and your family riding longer and feeling stronger.
Bike Helmets: Bike helmets are mandatory. They should fit snugly and not move loosely while on the head. Helmets should sit level and low on the forehead, about 1 inch above the eyebrow. Side straps should form a V under each ear, and the chin strap should be snug, allowing room for no more than 1-2 fingers between chin and strap. Do the yawn test: ask your child to yawn big and the helmet should pull down on the head. Make sure you model good helmet habits by wearing yours as well!
Bike Shorts: It's important to stay comfortable during your bike rides. That's why a simple pair of gym shorts won't do for long rides. With padded cycling shorts, like our ATD Children's Padded Pro Bike Shorts, there is a chamois pad that gives cushion between your child and the bike saddle. Bike shorts also help prevent chafing and use compression to send fresh oxygen to the leg muscles through the bloodstream. Our bike shorts conform to fit the body, giving freedom of movement and no worries about fabric getting caught in the gears. They'll feel like a second skin!
Cycling Jerseys: Unlike a cotton t-shirt, our cycling jerseys are made from high-performance WickAway fabric, which will keep your children dry and cool. Our wacky and colorful patterns are not only fun for kids, but functional as well. The bright colors help increase your child's visibility to cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists. Our children's cycling jerseys also have easy-to-reach pockets on the back for your children to keep snacks, Band-Aids, or anything else for the trip. If you want your family to be color-coordinated, we do have matching solid adult jerseys, which can make it easy to spot your children or your children to find you.
Bike Gloves: Bike gloves can give your children extra grip on the handlebars and protect their hands if they fall off the bike. Bike gloves can also keep your children's hands warm from the breeze while cycling. Our bike gloves include a sweat pad on the thumb so your children can keep sweat out of their eyes.
Bike Accessories: Is your child's bike equipped for the cycling journey? Does it have the proper bicycle lights? When cycling in the dark, it needs to have a white light on the front and a red light on the rear. It's important to stay hydrated during cycling. Does the bike have a water bottle cage? Does your child need a seat bag for more cycling items? Want to add some reflective stickers to customize your child's bike and make it more visible?
Family Cycling Tips
When starting out, keep the end in mind. Your goal is to have your children happy and excited about cycling. The goal is not distance, speed, or technique. The goal is to have fun, even if it means frequent stops and snacks.
Plan the route beforehand: Check for construction or road closures. Make it simple so no one gets lost or create a route map. Plan some options for short cuts and avoid hilly routes, busy roads and difficult junctions.
Keep instructions brief: Kids learn better by doing so make instructions short and to the point so they can get on the bike and learn through experience.
Review cycling safety: Familiarize your children with rules of the road. These include using arm signals, how to position your bike in the road when turning right or left, obeying traffic lights and signs, dismounting when crossing in crosswalks, letting pedestrians know when you’re passing and slowing down at intersections and railroad crossings to ensure it’s safe to cross.
Train the senses: Tell your children to use their eyes and ears to to avoid potential hazards like potholes, curbs and broken glass. Help hone their powers of observation by pointing out interesting sites along the way.
Be aware of children’s cues: Take snacks and drinks to keep their energy and spirit levels up. Tune in to what your children might be needing throughout the ride. If they’re lagging behind or complaining, it’s probably time for a break. If they’re keeping up and looking content, ask if they want to go further, add more challenge, or keep the ride as is.
Be positive: Model a great attitude. Offer your children plenty of encouragement and praise for their effort. They will see cycling as a positive experience and pick up your enthusiasm.
Pittsburgh Local Links
Want to plan a family bike trip around the Burgh? Below are a few cycling articles about trails and places to visit to keep you and your children entertained.
Biking The Southside Trail With The Kids: If you’re planning for a fun day out with your children, try cycling the bike trails on Pittsburgh’s Southside for outdoor exercise and family bonding.
Pedal through Pittsburgh: Kidsburgh’s family biking guide: Pittsburgh grows increasingly bike-friendly the Kidsburgh biking guide is filled with many places to ride bikes safely with your children.