Transitioning your child from a stability bike to a pedal bike can be an exciting milestone. Here are some expert tips from Devlin Eyden, a cycling expert, to make this transition smooth and enjoyable for your child.

Choosing the Right Bike Size

Importance of Proper Fit

  • Correct Size: It’s crucial to select a bike that fits your child well. Avoid getting a bike that’s too big with the idea that they’ll grow into it. A bike that’s too large can be difficult to control and unsafe.
  • Growth Considerations: Children grow quickly, so be prepared to upgrade the bike as they grow. A bike that’s too small can also be problematic, potentially leading to injuries and making it hard for them to handle the bike.

Bike Models and Brands

  • Variety: There are many models and brands available. Focus more on the fit and comfort rather than brand names.
  • Start Early: Begin as early as possible to help your child develop balance and coordination. Cycling is a low-impact activity that they can start at a young age.

Related: Choosing Your First Mountain Bike: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners

Making Cycling Fun and Safe

Ensuring Enjoyment

  • Fun First: The primary goal is for your child to enjoy riding. They should feel confident and not like they’re constantly at risk of falling.
  • No Pressure: Avoid pushing them into structured training programs too early. Keep the focus on fun and basic skills until they are around 13-14 years old.

Progressing to Training

  • Gradual Introduction: When they’re ready, slowly introduce more structured training. Ensure that any training program matches their ability level to avoid burnout and injuries.
  • Rest and Recovery: Incorporate adequate rest into their training to keep them healthy and motivated.

The Benefits of Multiple Sports

Broad Skill Development

  • Variety: Encourage your child to participate in multiple sports. This helps develop a range of motor skills and keeps them from getting bored with a single activity.
  • Coordination: Engaging in various sports enhances overall coordination, including hand-eye coordination and ball skills, which are beneficial for overall athletic development.

Cycling in School Programs

  • School Sports: Many schools now include cycling and mountain biking in their sports programs, which is a great opportunity for children to get involved in cycling from an early age.

Starting your child on a pedal bike involves choosing the right size bike, making cycling a fun activity, and encouraging participation in multiple sports. This approach not only makes the transition smoother but also contributes to their overall development and enjoyment of physical activity.For more personalized advice and exclusive content, consider joining our engaged online community at You’ll get access to video coaching, a private Facebook group, and more to support your child’s cycling journey.


Devlin Eyden has a passion for seeing his athletes grow and excel. From novice runners or cyclists across all disciplines to elite mountain bikers representing South Africa at World Championships. In addition to helping you ride faster, for longer, Devlin also has the personal touch when it comes to your bike setup, aiming at improving the overall rider experience. With his background as a Sport Scientist as well as a Strength & Conditioning specialist, performance is Devlin’s main priority, be it in the gym, the lab or out on the road or trails. Being a keen runner & cyclist and having completed the Cape Epic among others, Devlin has first hand experience in what it take to reach your goals. If you’re looking for a once-off training program or ongoing, high touch support Devlin has you covered.

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