Last year, for their 4th birthday, Pepper and Cherry got bikes and got the hang of cycling with stabilizers really quickly. Pretty soon they were keen to have the stabilizers off but I was completely clueless as to how to teach them to ride. I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 13 and did it by taking my bike to the top of a hill and letting myself go. I didn’t fancy trying that ‘method’ with the girls!
I was so excited a few weeks ago when we were sent the ingenious Biky Biky harness.
The harness has a velcro and buckle fasten so is super secure, the child pops the vest on and it has a handle on the back for an adult to hold as they get to grips with two wheels, hopefully preventing any falls and scrapes.
I wanted to get out on them as soon as possible, but life gets in the way and this was the first weekend we have had chance to have a proper go. Luckily we had glorious sunshine and it wasn’t chilly at all.
Cherry was so eager to get going and was soon pedaling down the field with Dad keeping a tight grip on the harness. Her determination paid off, she had very few wobbles and once we reached the path at the park she cycled back and forth really well. She was keen to be let go but she hasn’t got the hang of keeping the handle bars steady so tends to wobble. This is where my heart leapt into my mouth as Sam took her to the top of a (albeit small) hill so she could gain momentum. She fell off but luckily onto a soft surface. Not ready to go it alone just yet!
Pepper didn’t have Cherry’s confidence so struggled a little with getting her feet up even though she was perfectly safe wearing the vest. If she had fallen she would have been easily lifted out of harms way. The handle is so secure we even had a go of ‘airplanes’, swinging them around, and the vest stayed snug and in place.
When I came to assist I will admit Sam did make it look easy, I found it tricky to walk alongside and hold the harness but appreciate this was mostly because I am so short! I also struggled to find the strength to hold them steady, especially Pepper who was VERY wobbly. The girls told me I was rubbish and asked for Daddy to help again.
To be fair though, Sam loves bikes so he will probably be the one teaching them going forward, I’m not too worried I was so rubbish!
I’m excited for them to get out and have another go, will be fantastic to see them cycling around confidently.
The Biky Biky vests come with a certificate you fill in once they achieve riding independently and I know they will be thrilled with them.
Full instructions are provided with it and it is also machine washable which is great for my mucky pups!
It is suitable for children age 2 years to 7 years so if your child will be learning to ride soon I would definitly reccomend the Biky Biky harness as a stress free and fun way to do it!
For lots more information on learning to ride head to Biky Biky.
PS! Sorry for the quality of some of the pictures! Little hands got hold of my camera and without me knowing fiddled with a few bits. Wasn’t until I came to edit I found out and had to convert every.single.one individually!
Though I was sent the product for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.