If children are preparing for cycling, it is best to do without a pedal and chain. Saddle, handlebar and two wheels: finished is the impeller. Wheels have become popular toys for toddlers: they introduce children to cycling without overstraining them. Consciously waived pedals and chain, because they are driven with footsteps from the ground. Properly used, wheels can train body control and prepare children for safe road behavior.
"The impeller prepares children optimally for later cycling, " says Martina Abel, Managing Director of the BAG More safety for children in Bonn. "The children learn to keep their balance, to orientate themselves in space, to brake in time or to avoid them, and they gain responsiveness and motor safety."
The right age for running a bike depends on the individual development of the child. Some wheels are already available for two year olds. In practice, however, this usually turns out to be too early, because the children are still unable to control their movements sufficiently and can not control the driving speed. Only from the age of two and a half to three years, toddlers are ready for the wheel.
Do not use the wheel in traffic
To prevent accidents, children should only get on the bike in safe environments, for example on the playground or in the pedestrian zone. On the sidewalk next to the road children are quickly overwhelmed when they need to respond to other road users and avoid obstacles. Even if the road is downhill heavily, children should not use the wheel because they can quickly lose control at high speeds.
"Parents practice running their children on large, level courses best, " says Martina Abel. "Children should never drive unattended, and a helmet is advisable, not only because it protects against injuries, but at the same time prepares for cycling with a helmet." Parents should practice clear rules with their children, for example, near a road. "
Quality when buying
When buying a wheel, it is worthwhile to pay attention to the GS mark. In poorly processed models broke the handlebar fork, and the suspension is not always sufficiently stable. In addition to the quality of work, the child-friendly design counts: The entry should be as deep as possible, the saddle and handlebars should be height adjustable. Also, the child should find good grip on the saddle - the best way to test the device in the store!