Tips for an inspiring iRide Experience
To prepare your child’s bicycle and helmet, we encourage you and your child to:
- Haul your bikes out of storage and have a fun bike washing session at least 1 week before iRide starts.
- Check that the bicycle still fits. Children should be able to stand over the top tube of their bike with feet flat on the ground.
- Check the brakes, adjust the seat height (at least both toes touching the ground when seated) and lubricate the chain and all moving parts.
- Add some air in the tires.
- Take a good look at the helmet. Adjust the straps so you can slide a couple of fingers under the chin when it is on and the ratchet is tightened. Remember the helmet goes across the forehead and is not tilted back on the head. Make sure there are NO CRACKS in the shell.
- Check the bicycle lock for any signs of disrepair: rust, sticky keys, etc.
Head to the local bicycle shop if you are having issues with any parts of the above list, at least 7 days before iRide starts.
At the discretion of each school’s policy, students usually are asked to bring their bikes to a space assigned to their respective class on the morning of their first day of iRide. This space is either:
- Locked at the bicycle racks.
- Placed indoors in either the gymnasium or the multi-purpose room.
- Students should not bring their bicycle into their classroom.
Preparing The Participant:
To build confidence prior to iRide, here are some helpful tips for you and your family.
- If your child is a new rider, ideally they should be able to put both of their feet on the ground while seated on their bike. Start your child with “striding”, using both feet flat on the ground while seated, to propel them in a straight line. Once they can coast in a straight line for 10 seconds, advance them to pedaling. This will build balance awareness and the ability to stay upright when they stop.
- If your child can already ride, plan a family bike ride around the neighborhood on safe streets or sidewalks to get their cycling legs back in action.
- If you normally to drive your child to school, call around and see if your child can ride to school with a friend who lives close to the school, providing an opportunity to store the bike at the friend’s house overnight.
Getting Ready to iRide:
Please send your child to school with the below items:
- Bike in good repair. If your child is in need of a bicycle, iRide can provide a rental bicycle as per the school booking.
- Helmet in good repair. Please bring your own helmet. iRide can also provide a rental helmet as per the school booking. Rental helmets are sprayed at the conclusion of each day’s events.
- Clothing for B.C. weather. iRide programs are conducted rain or shine, at the discretion of the school principal or event coordinator. Please plan to ride outdoors and bring a bring of clothing for the remainder of the school day. For example: wear rain pants & jackets, gloves, tie hair back with an elastic, bring a clip or elastic for wide-legged pants.
- Shoes with closed toes and tied laces. Sandals and open-toed shoes are not allowed at iRide.
Join Parent Newsletter
To stay up-to-date on more discounted youth cycling opportunities in our area, choose to receive monthly updates from Cycling BC’s iRide program during the waiver process. Events include community after-school programs (iRide Sprockids), summer camps (iRide Camps), free iRide events (iRide Activations) and large 1-day cycling celebrations (iRide Games).
Prepare Your Own Group For The iRide Games
If you value your child’s iRide experience, consider becoming a coach for a local after-school program. Cycling BC will provide training and equipment, everything you need to continue your child’s interest in cycling and an outdoor lifestyle. Learn more here.