Riding advice

Welcome to our blog, the place where we share all things Islabikes. Here you can keep up to date with news, our latest thinking and helpful advice.

Does my child need a bigger bike?

Feb 15, 2022 - Dave Bowater

You will know it’s time to size up when your bike’s seat post is extended to, or very close to, the “minimum insertion mark”.

Cycling to school guide

Sep 23, 2021 - Dave Bowater

If you are thinking of ditching the car and turning to bikes for the school run, here are our tips on how to make the ride safe and enjoyable.

Our guide to commuting

Jun 10, 2021 - Dave Bowater

Thinking of commuting by bike? Here are a few pointers about lights, locks, luggage and more.

Our guide to learning to ride a balance bike

May 13, 2021 - Dave Bowater

Our step by step guide to teaching your child to ride their balance bike.

Why balance bikes are the gateway to cycling

May 13, 2021 - Dave Bowater

Great for building physical confidence and developing skills, a balance bike will set your child up for a lifelong love of cycling.

Our guide to fitting a child’s helmet

Sep 18, 2020 - Dave Bowater

Helmets that are the wrong size or incorrectly fitted will be uncomfortable and may not protect your child’s head. Correctly fitting a helmet is a simple process. Learn how here.

How to teach your child to change gear

May 20, 2019 - Dave Bowater

Here are our 5 tips for supporting your child to learn how to change gear.

Teach your child to ride

Jun 03, 2016 - Dave Bowater

Learning to ride a bike is one of life’s milestones, here's our guide on how to teach your child to ride a pedal bike.