Have you ever thought of riding a co-pilot bike with your kid? This could be a great bonding adventure you with your kid, and at the same time, you don’t have to worry when it comes to safety. That’s because this bike is built so a parent and a young rider can ride the bike in tandem. If your child doesn’t have enough experience when it comes to riding bikes on roads, then this would be the best training for him.
Since it is safety that you really aim for in using such bike, you will be interested in the other safety features that a co-pilot bike has. To make a bike work properly, either if it is an ordinary bike or a co-pilot bike, it should be aligned properly. If this is your first time buying a co-pilot bike, then be sure to ask questions and check that you understand how to attach it to your regular adult bike. The bike shop should be willing to help you with this, or you can look for instructions that come with the bike. Most often these add-on bicycles are made of light-weight aluminum, making them easy to handle. You’ll barely notice the addition!
You should also look for a passenger pedal that works independently. This would allow your child to pedal along with you and enjoy the bike ride himself. Now, for your convenience, you probably want one that can be easily detached from an adult bike through a quick release system, as well as adjustable handlebars that can rotate and move on an upward and downward position. This allows you to ride on your own when you want to, without worrying too much about disconnecting the child’s attachment.
There are also co-pilot bikes which can be folded for storage when you don’t need to use them. This is very convenient because it takes up far less space on your garage and can be easily transported just about anywhere. You can also keep it safely for your other kids once your child has outgrown it.
Last but not least, look for a high quality seat that fits you and your child. The most common problem in purchasing bike is that the seat doesn’t match the child’s height. Or the bike may be too big for him and he cannot reach the pedals. Most co-pilot bikes are built to be adjusted so you can make them fit, but you should be sure beforehand, so read the product description carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If it is possible have your child come with you when making the purchase so you can find the right size. If buying online, check the measurements before purchasing.
Co-pilot bikes provide security while allowing you to enjoy a pleasant bike ride with your child. Take the time to find one that works well with your bike and riding style and fits your child. You won’t regret it.