From the first balancing act
to becoming a pro

 

 

First and foremost, children should be able to handle the bike safely and confidently; our bikes grow step by step along with their skills. It is important for kids to master the necessary riding skills especially in the first phase of learning. Afterwards, there's no way to stop them! woom provides kids between one and a half and 14 years with ultralight, well thought out and affordable bikes. Riding with woom bikes: that's what fun is!

The first steps
on the (balance) bike
In the very beginning, it's all about finding a sense of balance
Ride advice starts here
Learning to ride in
15 minutes
Learning to ride a bike is child's play; with the right tips it's even easier!
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Tackling
sticks and stones
Now it's all about dexterity; a lot can be learned in one day outside.
Tips for pros

 

 

The first step to riding: Finding a sense of balance 

 

 

Curiosity awakens as soon as kids can walk – at best in an environment where other kids are already running around. Through observation, inspiration is found and movement is learned! Pressuring kids into do something falls on deaf ears; they decide when the right time is to climb onto a balance bike. With its low seat and high handlebars, the balance resembles walking. Bit by bit, the steps on the balance bike become advanced:walking turns into scooting and scooting into gliding!

This learning process can be done on a smooth sloping area away from traffic and other stress factors. Though kids like to drag their feet to reduce speed, it's all about them learning how to really brake; this will make it easier for them to handle a “reall” bike later! By the way: we highly recommend wearing a helmet and riding gloves!

 

 

“A balance bike can already be used between the ages of one and a half and two and a half. But the most important thing is that the child should want to use it: nothing works with pressure!”

Christian Bezdeka
Founder of woom

     

  • Step 1: Scooting

  • With the balance bike between their legs and hands on the handlebars, kids can sart to practice the first “balance bike steps.” Kids learn best by imitating. The best way to do this is by taking the new balance bike to a park where other kids are zooming around!
    • Tip 1: Set the saddle height correctly by having the child stand with both feet flat on the ground. There should be 3-5 cm of space between the saddle and child's bottom.
    • Tip 2: To start off, an adult can hold the child's shoulders until the child has enough stability to handle the balance bike alone.
  • Step 2: Gliding

  • Now the steps are getting bigger. After learning to scoot, it's time to finally glide! After just a little practice, it's even easy for a child to proudly put their legs up in the air!
    • Tip 1: As soon your child glides more than scoots with the balance bike, you can move the saddle upwards in small increments.
  • Step 3: Braking!

  • It's easiest to learn braking on the balance bike because it can be practiced with both feet flat on the ground. The brake on the woom balance bike teaches kids how to brake correctly; this fulflils - along with the sense of balance - all requirements kids need to get pedaling on their first pedal bike!
    • Tip 1: Braking can be demonstrated while lifting the balance bike in the air. This way, kids see how the back wheel stops when pulling on the brake lever; the brake brake lever is easy and safe for them to use!

 

 

 

 

Feet on the pedals:
Learning how to ride in 15 minutes

 

Now it's time to pedal. The step up to a pedal bike is smaller than it might first appear. Learning to balance on the balance bike was child's play; if not, it will still work! It's important to show kids how the cranks on a pedal bike work. Then they understand how pedlling works! The next step is trying out the rear green brake.

After a few turns, most kids understand the principle and want to ride themselves. With an adult placing a hand on their shoulder, they can look ahead and continue trying out the break. We have color-coded the rear brake lever and rear brake pad green to distinguish the front brake from the rear brake.

 

 

“Kids usually learn to ride a bike between the ages of 3 and 5. It's best when the already feel really confident on the balance bike.”

Christian Bezdeka
Founder of woom
  • Step 1: Pedaling

  • Before actually practicing, it's worth explaining to your curious child how pedaling works; this makes everything much easier! When children are used to a balance bike, pedaling is a piece of cake. Oopses are allowed – make sure the kids where a helmet and riding gloves.
    • Tip 1: Simply give a demonstration for a quick understanding on how the cranks move the back wheel! Just pick up the bike, turn the pedals as fast as possible and then stop with the brakes.
    • Tip 2: The saddle height should be set so that the child can reach the ground with both legs; their heals should be slightly in the air when sitting.
    • Tip 3: For the first test ride, gently hold onto the child's shoulders or saddle. Please do not use training wheels; the balance will come on its own with a little speed.
  • Step 2: Riding

  • Now the moment is almost here! Even if a little support helps, it's important that the kids feel the propulsion themselves.
    • Tip 1: As soon as kids can pedal themselves, helping hands can let go for longer and the little ones can ride alone step by step.
    • Tip 2: It's ideal to practice on a sloping incline where there is enough space and no obstacles like curbs.
  • Step 3: Braking and standing

  • For the first few meters, it's always important to run next to the child to gently hold the bike for support or to prevent an accident. The child should be able to try the brakes themselves after a few attempts.
    • Tip 1: Kids are inclined to brake with their feet. The green brake lever helps the child playfully choose the correct brake, so this should be implemented as soon as possible. They should first brake and then place their feet on the ground – that's the rule.
  • Step 4: Riding on their own

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  • The last step to becoming independent and setting off on an adventure on two-wheels: riding on their own. With a few small steps, this is easy to learn!
    • Tip 1: Every child has a dominant leg which is the leg that they should use to push off with on the pedal at around 1 o'clock. They should sit, turn the pedal in the right position, put their foot on it, push into the pedal and then push off the ground with the other leg.
    • Tip 2: Alternatively, a child can propel like they learned on a balance bike. Simply get the bike rolling and place the feet on the pedals when the appropriate speed is reached.

“Skill training can be combined with a perfect day in the park.”

Christian Bezdeka
Founder of woom

 

 

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Skill Training

 

The cruising radius is growing. It's not about riding straight ahead anymore: riding uphill, with tailwind, cornering and out into the world. Kids now sit effortlessly in their saddle; there is so much more to explore. A single gear is not enough though – the first gears are necessary! Shifting on woom bikes is smooth and quiet making it easy to learn, and safe to overcome obstacles outdoors and in traffic.

Little bicycle experts. Whether using it to ride to school, for excercise or to visit friends, the bike enables mobility. Adam Opel once said: “No other invention combines usefulness with pleasure as deeply as a bicycle.” It's worth learning new things once in awhile to keep things pleasant even when kids already know how to ride.

 

 

  • Shifting

  • Smooth shifting preserves the material and is effortless! It's best to let the child first switch through the different gears. The goal is to keep shifting smooth and quite. You can help your child by calling out the gear they need to be in.
    • Tip 1: Practice shifting together for the first time on a flat surface. Tell your child not to pedal for a second and show them the grip twister and then let them start pedaling again. The point of this is to let them try shifting playfully: ride fast, shift up, ride slow, shift down.
    • Tip 2: You can test how quite the shifting is in a somewhat hilly area. Before riding up a hill, the child should gain some speed; then they should lighten the pressure on the pedals, shift and then continue pedaling gently until the chain is in place.  
  • Tackling obstacles

  • Before going into any kind of traffic, kids need to safely be able to tackle small obstacles. Whether over roots in a park, bumpy paths or on a slippery surface: with just a little practice kids can overcome them without having an accident!
    • Tip 1: In order to ride over uneven surfaces, kids needs to get in the so-called basic position by first getting their pedals parallel to the ground and then, at mid-speed,by slowly standing up on the pedals with slightly bent knees. Then, with their hips centered over the bottom bracket, they need to slightly bend their elbows outward and their shoulders towards the handlebars.
    • Tip 2: To avoid getting caught on an obstacle like a curb, kids have to learn how to “glide” over it by slightly lifting up the front wheel. With weight on the pedals, it's easiest to slightly pull upward on the handlebars and shift the body weight backwards.
    • Tip 3: Even wet surfaces, leaves and gravel can be obstacles. Riding on such surfaces has to be learned at a slow pace even if it blocks the wheels. Kids should try to ride and brake in a defined zone until they can easily and precisely stop at a line.
  • Perfecting balance

  • It is more efficient to move the saddle slighly higher for long tours. This is done in small increments until a slight bend in the knee can be seen, and only the toes touch the ground. Before achieving this though, having a good sense of balance is necessary; this can be learned with the following tips.
    • Tip 1: Whether signaling at a crossing or wiping something off their face – kids need to be able to feel just as confident riding with one hand as they do with two hands. This is best to practice on a flat surface at mid-speed without pedaling. First,they should hold onto the handlebars in a relaxed position; then they should let go for a second and see what happens. After awhile they should grab the handlebars from a further distance.
    • Tip 2: Keeping balance: this can be practiced on a soft surface. The child should brake until stopped, then, without putting down their feet, continue riding. If the pedals are parallel to the ground the balance act was was not a problem, and is even fun!
    • Tip 3: Balance can be practiced playfully with two cones and small balls. Place one cone upside down with a ball on it; place the other cone further away. The goal is for the child to ride past the cone that has a ball on it, take the ball and then place it onto the second cone.

upcycling

upCYCLING –
woom bikes grow with you

Kids grow fast but we still want your child to have a bike with the correct size, and, that you don't have to pay more than a compromise. For this reason, we came up with the upCYCLING system.

  • Exchange your old bike and recieve a 40% reimbursement for it when buying the next size up
  • Lifetime upCYCLING membership (you only pay once)
  • The bike must be roadworthy
  • We'll organize the return shipping on your old bike at no cost