May is National Bike Month. What a grand way to kick off summer.

Why not go on a family bike ride? Biking as a family is beneficial on several levels. There is the opportunity to spend time together, explore and appreciate nature while improving your health. Plus, we know that it’s great for the environment.

Remember that first taste of freedom as a kid and how you were able to go somewhere on what you thought was the best vehicle ever?

Now you can skip the training wheels and start out on a balance bike that allows children to develop their gross motor skills. Learning to balance and steer the bike is much easier without pedals. The up and down movement of pedaling causes the child to shift their body weight from side to side throwing them off balance making them lose direction and riding stability. Balance bikes allow the child to drop their feet to the ground when they feel they are losing balance, quickly steadying themselves and preventing a fall.

Kids can start riding balance bikes from a very young age. Many balance bikes are aimed at children from around 2 years old plus, and perhaps as young as 18 months in some cases. But always be sure the seat will be low enough for a youngster to be able to reach the ground with their feet. This not only gives them their confidence, but also the need to reach the ground to be able to power the bike along.

The Skuut, pictured above, is a wooden balance bike that has no pedals and no training wheels. Children kick off the ground as if running, thus pushing or skuuting themselves and the bike forward. Great for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence. Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional 2-wheeled bike is easy.

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Schwinn is running a Bike it Forward campaign!  If you enter to win a bike for your friend…you will win one too!  They are giving away 2 bikes away every day!

Visit Von, at Sell Party of 4 to win a basket of Schwinn gear.