Kids Bike Pants – do they need them?
Learn why Kids Bike Pants may be a good idea for your child.
In my experience kids bike pants provide protection where it’s needed. They add an element of comfort. There is suggestion because children are so light weight they get less discomfort than adults. No matter what your weight sitting on a bike seat is uncomfortable if you are on it for a period of time. The seats on kids bikes are often not designed for comfort and the easiest solution to overcome this is for the child to wear padded pants. Some common complaints both girls and boys is squashed bits (think of squashed soft tissue from being on a bike seat for a long time). Also they can get chaffing around the soft tissue area because of sweat and issues with cotton underwear (see our story on Fabric for Activewear).
Kids are riding more in a variety of biking conditions
With the huge advances in bike technology over the past 15 years , and that you get more for your money, kids can now ride bikes with gearing & suspension. This allows them to go long distances and places they wouldn’t have been able to get to before.
The infrastructure for biking opportunities has changed dramatically. There are so many more purpose built, safe, off road options to ride on. Children are now regularly riding on trails or in areas like:
- one of the fantastic NZ Cycle Trail rides. Read these stories about riding these trails with kids Alps to Ocean, WestCoast Wilderness Trail, Nelson to Kaiteriteri
- cycle pathways around your city or town
- mountain bike parks catering for beginners. Read our Craters of the Moon, Taupo, story for an example of families mountain biking together
- family biking holidays to cycle hubs e.g. Nelson/Kaiteri, Rotorua/Taupo, Queenstown, Hanmer Springs.
They like to be like Mum or Dad
Like adults children enjoy wearing clothing that is designed for a specific task and if riding is their main sport or a big part of what you choose to do as a family padded riding pants should be considered. It prepares them mentally for what’s about to come and makes them feel a part of the group. They see adults wearing bike pants so want to be a part of that coummunity too. The fun colours of goUnders also makes them smile…