Monday, March 8, 2010

Excercise

Kiddo took his first "real" bike ride on Tuesday last week. We didn't have a helmet for him yet but I thought he'd be going slow enough that I could stick nearby and catch him. He did amazing! He was peddling fine and I was really happy. I did realize, with how well he did, that we needed to get a helmet asap. Problem was that his head is to big for the 5 year old sizes, but just a bit to small for the next size up (8 year olds size) so we bought him a super adjustable 8 year old style with red flames and vents. He likes it! This afternoon I will try to get him out to bike again, he needs to practice and gain leg strength and stamina. (btw I do know he wasn't wearing his glasses, I don't know HOW we ended up forgetting them on the way out the door but I didn't notice till we were down the stairs... since I didn't trust him not to kill himself while I ran back up, and I didn't want to lug him and the bike back up and down, and we were only going to be out for 30 minutes... I figured I'd keep an extra close eye on him and hopefully nothing bad would happen).















3 comments:

Taggart said...

Mama always did say (read "always" as "twice") that a helmet didn't really help you unless you were going really fast. Like, professional-fast. Leisurely biking = no worries.
Then again, I never had a helmet with flames on it.

Gwyneth said...

This is a very good point. But then again the bike helmet might just save his face(eyes)from getting ruined if he face plants it...

dunno, but not 360 anymore said...

Actually, what Mama said was that at lower speeds a bike fall is going to dump you on some part other than your head, so by the time your head hits the ground it is not traveling fast enough to need a brain cushion.
The kiddo has a head that is large for his body size, and it is not empty, so the weight ratio may very well send head to the ground before other parts of the body have slowed the rate of fall. Good idea for him to wear a helmet even without the eye protection reason.

For an average proportioned person, yes, leisurely biking should = no worries ... as long as that leisurely ride is not along a roadway where motor vehicles could be the cause of the fall. Getting clipped by a moving car can throw a rider's head into the ground faster than a fall from a racing bike would.

Thoughts...

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