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How To Pick The Right Program For Your Child

We take the time to get to know your child and make sure they’re introduced to bicycling the very best way possible.

First we start with age and then we take into consideration ability level. 

Our programs often have mixed ages to give children the opportunity to ride with other kids their own ability level while developing critical social-emotional learning opportunities.

Buddy Pegs programs are currently for children under 10-years-old.

Step 1: Understand Our Paw Rating System

If you’ve listened to our children’s story telling podcasts or read one of our children’s picture books, you know that we love animals who ride bikes. Who doesn’t?

We use “paws” based on our bike loving animal characters to help kids and parents know exactly where each child is in their ability level and where they are heading next.

  • ½ Paw: Standing over a balance bike and walking.
  • 1 Paw: Gliding and striding on a balance bike (or a bike with pedals removed) or pedaling with training wheels.
  • 2 Paw: Pedaling independently without training wheels. We celebrate these kiddos as “wobbly pedalers” able to ride on flat pavement, minor hills, and possibly some sections of flat, wide dirt trails. Not yet confident cranking up hills and/or controlling speeds on downhills. 
  • 3 Paw: Able to climb and descend paved pathways/greenways. Comfortable modulating speeds on downhills. Riding beginner rated mountain bike trails with moderate confidence – even a little bit of climbing / descending. Handbrakes and freewheels are strongly recommended at this point.
  • 4 Paw: Riding confidently on smooth, intermediate mountain bike trails with small berms, rollers, and tabletops (little to no jumping).  Comfortable with climbs, cornering, natural terrain features (small roots & rocks), and descending in control using both brakes.  Confident with both slowing and stopping unexpectedly. Handbrakes and freewheels mandatory. Geared bikes highly recommended…if you want to be a happy parent.
  • 5 Paw: Confident on all blue square / intermediate mountain bike trails and possibly some black diamond / advanced trails. Frequently catching air off jumps and landing in control. Able to quickly anticipate changes in terrain by shifting gears, modulating both brakes, and moving their body independent from their bicycle to stay in control. Sustained climbs are not a problem.

Step 2: Understand How We Group Ages

Toddlers / Pre-K (2-5-year-olds)
  • ½ Paw and 1 Paw Toddlers/Pre-K: Come join one of our super fun Balance Bike Playdates.
  • Ready for pedals? Our Pedaling Pups series is the perfect program for you.
  • 2 & 3 Paw Toddlers/Pre-K: Already pedaling without training wheels? Great! We would love to have you join one of our Family Bike Clubs.

Kindergartners (5 & 6-year-olds)

  • ½ Paw and 1 Paw Toddlers/Pre-K: Come join one of our super fun Balance Bike Playdates.
  • ½ Paw and 1 Paw Kindergartners: Still learning to pedal? Great, your child is welcome in either our Pedal Pups or Pedal Power programs. Your choice depending on your preferred schedule or age group you think would work best for your kiddo.
  • 2 through 4 Paw Kindergartners: Come ride in one of our K-2nd grade Bike Clubs.
1st – 4th Graders (6-9-year-olds)
  • ½ Paw and 1 Paw 1st & 2nd Graders: Still learning to pedal without training wheels? Not a problem. Sign up for a K-2nd Grade Learn To Pedal programs
  • ½ Paw and 1 Paw 3rd & 4th Graders: We work with lots of older children who were busy with other things and never got around to pedaling without training wheels. We love helping these kiddos learn to ride with confidence, and without the training wheels.  Depending on your child’s preference, he/she is welcome in our Learn To Pedal group program, but sometimes a few private lessons is the way to go. Reach out so we can help you make the right deicsion.
  • 2 through 4 Paw riders: Pedaling without training wheels? Fantastic. We’d love to have you in one of our Paw-specific Bike Clubs. This includes our little mountain bike buddies.

Our classes & programs teach your children critical life skills beyond the mechanical act of riding a bike. Self-confidence, resilience, and connection to the real world around them are delivered through the power of the bicycle.

Your child’s new found love of bike riding will help connect your family through lifelong biking adventures.

Scroll down to enroll in the program that best matches your child’s age and ability level. Let’s ride!  If you need to rent a bike for the class you can add on during your registration process.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Thanks to the introduction of balance bikes, and high-quality first pedal bikes, there has never been a better time to teach kids how to ride. And now that journey begins as early as two years old! You remember how important your bike was for you as a kid. Now it’s time to introduce your child to a love of bicycling, the right way!

We will happily teach anyone from age 2-100. Its never too late to learn the pleasure of a bike ride.

Book your private lessons today.

BALANCE BIKE PLAYDATES

Ages  2- 5 years old
1 Hour Class Length

**One parent or guardian must be present.
Max 8 kids (Min 3 kids to run class)

Unplugged family time, your child’s first group rides, the start of lifelong family adventure. This is what you’ll experience at a Buddy Pegs Balance Bike Play Date.

To be more specific… these shared learning experiences are run by trained ride leaders who guide children, and their parent or caregiver, through play-based on-the-bike and off-the-bike activities that are guaranteed to make your child twice as excited to ride.

Children need not have previous balance bike skills and balance bikes are available to rent. Sorry, no training wheels allowed. Please see our FAQ’s page for more information.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, our trained ride leaders want to help YOU guide your child through the early years on a bike. And have a lot of fun doing it!

LEARN TO PEDAL

Pre-K – 2nd
1 hour sessions
**Parent/caregiver required for kids under 5 years old.

Are your kiddos ready to start the journey towards early pedaling? Sick of those training wheels and not sure how to graduate past them? Our play-based Learn To Pedal program uses fun games and activities to create independent and confident pedalers who simply love to ride.

Through these sessions, kiddos will progress through foundational skills such as balancing, gliding, and braking before we make the easy and gentle transition to pedals.

We have 2 levels for these 4-week session:

  • Pint Sized Pedalers is for Pre-K Kiddos (Ages 3-5)
  • Pedal Power is for kiddos 5-7.

AFTERSCHOOL BIKE CLUB

Ages 5-8
1.5 Hour Class Length

Max 8 kids (Min 3 kids to run class)

Schools out for the day – let’s ride! After school bike club is a chance for kiddos Pre-k-2nd grade who already are independently pedaling to further develop their bicycle skills, safety, and fitness, but it’s much more than that.

This After-School Bike Club is a chance for beginner to intermediate and advance young riders to enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport without the pressure to compete, develop their love for bike riding (including an introduction to mountain biking), and develop critical life skills like resilience, self-confidence, empathy, connection to their community, and respect for the environment.

We have 3 levels for this 4-week session.  Please read above to learn about our PAW ratings.

WEEKEND ADVENTURE CLUB

Ages 5-8
1.5 Hour Class Length

Max 8 kids (Min 3 kids to run class)

What better way to spend a weekend day than on a bicycle!

Weekend Adventure Club is perfect for kids (K-2) who are rolling along on two wheels, without training wheels, all the way to kids who are confidently pedaling on dirt singletrack and want to learn more skills.

These sessions will be packed full of fun and bike education with a structured combination of skills practice and on the bike games, group rides, snack and water breaks, and fun off-the-bike activities that introduce kids to the beauty of the bicycle and the outdoors!

Our goal? Make your child twice as stoked about biking!

Each class our Coaches will form small multi-age groups based on our Buddy Pegs ability levels so each rider has access to MAXIMUM FUN… and appropriate terrain! We will move kids around as their skill levels increase.

Reference the PAW levels above when registering your child.

Buddy Pegs Ride Leaders will work hard to ensure that all kids individually progress in their skills and double their excitement for biking throughout each class.

FAMILY BIKE CLUB

Ages 2-8

Max 8 kids (Min 4 kids to run class)

Bicycles are more than just a recreational pastime, they are America’s #1 shared family adventure activity. Our Family Bike Club helps parents get off the sidelines and onto the trail with your youngest riders.

These family group rides are the perfect framework for you to connect with your kids on bikes, and for your kids to learn how to ride safely through their community.

Rides will begin at our Bicycle Playground where kids will practice fundamental bicycle skills through fun games and activities before heading out for a group ride to new destinations each week.

We ask that caregivers have bicycles too as we will head out on little pathway adventures.

NOTE:  If you can PLEASE BRING A BICYCLE TRAILER or some option for kids who are just starting to walk on a balance bike. We like to take little adventures and this way you can transport them along, with their little bike in tow, and then they can keep up with the group. 

If you want to RENT a bicycle trailer or Yuba Front Loader Bucket bike for the ride you can do so at registration.

jannine@buddypegs.com

PRIVATE PARTIES

Nothing says world best birthday party ever like a Buddy Pegs Bicycle Playground.

Buddy Pegs would love to host your kiddos next birthday party.

Still Confused?

No problem! We offer a lot of different riding experiences and we know it can be hard to figure out the right one for your kiddo. We would love to help you pick the right program for your child so please reach out