Riding a Rothan

Balance bikes – the joy of beginnings

We all know people with great passions; passions so deep and central that they are inseparable from them. Think of David Attenborough and you think of nature. Think of Jessica Ennis and you think of athletics. One of the most striking things about these people is that there was often a single, life-changing moment, perhaps in early childhood, when that passion was ignited thanks to the grown-ups in their life.

Your first bike

If like us, your passion is for cycling we’ll bet it all started with your first bike but things have moved on a little since we were children. Most of us would have been given a small pedal bike, possibly with clunky plastic wheels and stabilisers. We would have eventually picked up pedalling and then had our stabilisers removed only to start the learning process all over again because we couldn’t balance! That’s the kind of setback that can put some children off cycling but there is another way.

The intuitive way to learn

Thankfully, things have changed a lot since we were children, we now have balance bikes like Islabikes’ Rothan. The Rothan is a bike without pedals which allows children to develop a natural sense of balance using their feet and of course a little help from a grown-up. Gradually as their confidence builds you reach that magical “look, no feet!” moment as they start to glide along. It’s a milestone that many parents never forget and sets children up perfectly for the graduation to a starter bike with pedals like our Cnoc.

Even if your child is too tall for a Rothan you can use a larger bike as a balance bike too, simply by removing the pedals. In fact, we even know of customers using adult bikes in the same way. It’s never too late to learn.

The start of something special

Just recently, we watched 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg give an impassioned speech to the UN in New York about the climate emergency, having crossed the Atlantic on a solar powered yacht. For our children’s generation driving everywhere in cars powered by fossil fuels won’t be a viable option. Cycling and other modes of low impact transport will be the norm. We may be a small bike company but our aspirations are big. We want to instill a love of cycling into children from the earliest age and do our bit to combat the environmental crisis and the chaos of our congested and polluted city streets. By introducing your children to cycling at a young age you’re not only doing your bit for the planet but you’ll also create some great family memories in the process. If your children are like ours, they’ll thank you for it!

Selected Rothans are now available at a special price for a limited time.

Need some tips? Here’s Isla’s classic video on how to teach your child to ride.

 

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