Balance Bike Clinics
We host year-round Balance Bike Clinics open to all families. Register for a clinic and come learn how to ride a bike without using training wheels! Balance bikes are the ideal partner to introduce your young child to the concept of two wheels. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the high cockpit, little ones can enjoy two wheels as soon as they can start walking.
When & Where?
All of our Balance Bike Clinics take place on (three consecutive) Sundays from 9am to 10am and are hosted by our Community Sponsor, Ord Terrace Elementary School in Seaside. Establishing partnerships, building community, and developing equitable access to resources, particularly, as it relates to education is paramount. A big thank you to Principal Joe Sampson for reaching out to us and making the move towards creating a relationship where, together, we can do just that.
FoCMC Kids in Action!
Running to their bikes, putting their kickstands up while maintaining their balance, flipping their bikes around in with limited space, and booking it to the other end! So many skills packed into one activity.
How much does a clinic cost?
We understand that kids grow fast, bikes are expensive, and keeping up with quality gear can be challenging which is why offering a scholarship option to families that need it is essential in supporting our goal of making biking accessible and affordable to all families in Monterey County. Whether you want to rent, buy, and/or bring your own woom™ or Stampede™ bike to a Balance Bike Clinic -- we've got a ton of different registration options available to fit your family's needs.
What happens at a Clinic?
We are certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) with the League of American Bicyclists. Registering for a clinic gets your family our professional instruction. We'll help show you how to adjust your child's bike and helmet to fit their needs; how to maintain and care for their bike; and how you, as their adult, can create a supportive environment for your young rider. We have ramps. We have cones. We have obstacle courses. We play games. We talk about bike and pedestrian safety. We have a family cargo bike available thanks to our Community Sponsor, Xtracycle™ for families to touch and try. We stay late after our clinics are over to give one-on-one instruction to families that want to hang out. But mostly, our clinics are about building COMMUNITY. If any of that appeals to you, we'd love to meet your family and have you attend!
From Santa Cruz to Soledad to Pacific Grove, families from all over attend our Balance Bike Clinics! From grandparents to caregivers, from kids that just started walking to those who have mastered riding with pedals, we encourage all families to register and attend. Also, if you don't have kids but want to come to one of our Balance Bike Clinics, we'd love to have you. We encourage folx from the community to come out and support our young people. Cheer them on, give out some high fives, ride bikes with them, etc. Nothing like seeing a bunch of toddlers who just learned to walk not too long ago riding bikes with no training wheels like it's no big deal. Come build community with us! RSVP here.
Photography courtesy of Christine Shaw, Heidi Olson, and the FoCMC Community iPhone.
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