Cycling is a pastime or hobby that can be enjoyed every day, in almost any weather and by young and old alike. Kids especially adore the freedom that cycling gives them. Up until now, they’ve been relying on mum and dad to get them anywhere faster than they can run, so cycling gives them a sense of adventure they’re unlikely to come across so far. If you are a keen cyclist, one of the best things you can do is get your kids to follow suit. If you are not into cycling, here’s your chance to learn a thing or two about the more tranquil life that cycling offers.
The equipment you need is fairly basic, but of course you do need a bike. There are many different types of bikes to choose from. If you want to get into cycling around the town or city where you live, you could choose a standard Dutch style bicycle with high handlebars and even a motor to help with the tough parts. A racing bike, with racing gears, will suit the speed freak who just wants to get his head down and log in some miles. For tracks and off road activities, you should choose the mountain or trails style bike. When it comes to price, you’ll be looking anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand and above.
Safety should be a primary concern, for adults and children alike. A fall from a bike could result in getting a bang to the head. Injuries of this nature can be avoided by wearing a helmet. These are cheap, come in all shapes and sizes and should be worn by everyone. Other safety gear for the new young cyclist includes stabilisers. These are extra wheels that stick out to either side of the bike at the rear. They are meant to keep the bike upright and give the child confidence in his or her abilities.
Around Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, there are plenty of tracks and roads for you to try out, including two kilometres of roads within the retreat itself. We encourage parents and kids alike to hop on a bike and tour this wonderful and scenic area. We have a new bike track for the kids, providing hours of fun. There’s also the local National Park at Mount Mee to explore, along with the rock pool waterhole. Remember to always wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.