getting started

Welcome to Cycle Sprog – the home of family cycling!   We’re so glad you’ve found us, and hope you find our website useful and inspiring.

We realise it can be a bit overwhelming when you start out trying to find information about cycling with kids – what ever age they are (this was why we set up the website in the first place)

Here’s a selection of our best articles for each of the different stages of cycling with your child, to get you started.

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FAQ’s

Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about family cycling:

Advice on buying a kids bike

Buying a kids bike can be quite a confusing experience – especially if it’s your first time.  Do you buy new or secondhand, or what about a long term lease?  Which brands will your child enjoy riding? And how much should you spend?

Cycle Sprog is here to help demystify the process for you – why not browse our advice articles and then take a look at our recommendations in the correct size bike for your child.

Take a moment to GRAB YOUR FREE KIDS BIKE BUYING CHECKLIST which will help you record all the information you need to find the perfect bike for your child. 

Pulling or carrying your child with you on your bike rides

If your child is too small to ride their own bike there’s a great range of options you can choose to get out cycling with them.

Whether you’re looking for a child’s bike seat, trailer, cargo bike or a way of pulling their bike behind yours we’ve got loads of advice to help you get out there and enjoy the ride.

Advice for families with additional needs

Cycling is a great activity for all families to enjoy together.  If your child has additional needs there are an increasing number of options available to help you on your way.

Spring cycling

Spring is just about here, but we’re at that time of the year where you still need to wrap up warm if you’re out on a family bike ride, or commuting with your kids.

Here’s our pick of article to help you get out on two wheels this time of year

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How do I pull a child’s bike behind my bike?

When your child is old enough to pedal but not able to ride long distances, what do you do?

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Smiling young girl in yellow cycle helmet?

Should my child wear a bike helmet?

If you haven’t decided whether your family will wear helmets or not, here are some pointers to help you decide

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Boy wearing white cycling helmet not wanting to ride his bike

Help! Why doesn’t my child want to ride their bike?

At the moment cycling is one of the only activities its possible for families to still get out and do together (remember it must be just in your household group, close to home, for the purpose of exercise and do please keep 2m from other people).   It can be very frustrating if your child doesn’t…

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How to start cycling with a small child in a bike seat, cargo bike or trailer

Setting out on your first ride with your little one can be nerve wracking so here are some tips to help you wheel away confidently

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Bike Buddy - parent and child tandem bike

Cycling with older kids who have a disability or special needs

There are lots of options for children who don’t use a two wheeled bike. From balance bikes to adapted trikes, we take a look at what’s available

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6 ways to get your daily cycle ride with a young child or baby

At the moment socially distanced cycling is one of the few permitted modes of daily exercise, and it’s a great way for all the family to keep fit and active outdoors. However, what happens if you have a baby, toddler or young child? Even if they can ride a small bike there’s no way they…

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Is it safe to cycle with my baby in a sling or papoose?

Can I cycle with my baby in a sling, papoose or baby carrier?

Baby Wearing is becoming more and more popular. What are the safety and legal implications of cycling with your baby?

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The Babboe Mountain Curve Cargo Bike in action

What’s it like using a cargo bike for the first time?

Mum of two Beki has had her new cargo bike for 2 weeks. Here’s how she’s been getting on…..

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Zigo Leader

How I managed to carry on cycling when I became a mum

All parents know and love(!) the joy of getting their child around and about. From those nervous early trips to the doctors, via the shops, playgroups and swimming pool to the nursery/school run, it’s a daily ritual that we all go through.  What about trying to do all this without a car?  Keen cyclist and mum-to-be Dawn decided she would invest…

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Help! I’d like to cycle with my toddler in a child seat on the back of my bike

Are you a parent with a baby or toddler? Have you started to think about riding a bike with your son or daughter in a child seat attached to the back of your bike? If so, you’ve come to the right place to find out loads more information about getting started. Here at Cycle Sprog…

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