We ar all about encouraging our kids (and ourselves) to try new things on a regular basis. Easier said than done, but a good way to not get stuck in a rut. This winter J (aged *almost* 7) got to join his daddy on a Snow Bike, thanks to TykesBykes new Fat Byke (see our review via that link). While we are certainly no experts and still learning ourselves, here’s some quick tips we learned when starting a kid on a snow bike:
- Be ready for them to be surprised by the weight, especially if they are used to ultra-lite bikes. It’s going to feel different and that’s ok.
- Stick to groomed hard-packed trails and roads. Just because it’s a snow bike, doesn’t mean it will blow through 6 inches of powder.
- Make sure they are wearing enough clothing to stay warm, but not so much that they are burdened by bulky snow clothes
- Start on a slightly downhill slope to get the feel of the bike
- Avoid snow bikes from box stores – the ones at Walmart are literally 40 pounds (which is only 10 pounds lighter than J weighs….). Snow bikes can be REALLY expensive, though. We love the middle ground of the TykesBykes one because the components and bike are much better and the price is still very affordable.
- Try it on more than just SNOW! Dirt, sand, trails, etc.
- Wear a ski helmet…..it’s much easier than dealing with a bike helmet + hat in the winter months
- Make it fun, a new adventure AND something special to do. Small increments at a time starting out are usually best.
They are on sale right now at Amazon for $360. A rockin’ deal for a fat bike. Thanks for clicking through that Amazon affiliate link too! TykesBykes is also having their winter sale and their Fat Byke is 30% off (so $350). A great opportunity to snag one!
TykesBykes would like to give one of you $100 towards a bike of your choice from their site. We recommend the Fat Byke (review here) and love their bigger balance bikes too (review of the 16″ one here).
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