Buy­ing a bike this hol­i­day?

Rules ev­ery par­ent should know and how to pick the right bike for the right child.

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Par­ents,

grand­par­ents, those who love chil­dren — you might be think­ing that now is a great time to buy a bike for the child you love. And you’re right. With Hanukkah start­ing tonight and Christ­mas 17 days away, to­day is a great day for bike shop­ping.

Be­fore you put lit­tle Susie or Tommy on a bike, first know how to re­duce bike ac­ci­dents, rules ev­ery par­ent should en­force and how to pick a bike that’s right for the child.

Pick the right bike

Joyce Nu­gent, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Bi­cy­cle Sport Shop, says her sales team is trained to size kids based on their age if the child isn’t with a par­ent. Still, your best bet is to bring your child with you to test bikes out. You can even ride in the Bi­cy­cle Sport In

the race for Nielsen rat­ings, KVUE and KXAN con­tinue to be Austin’s TV sta­tions to beat.

In Novem­ber, one of four “sweeps” months each year, ABC af­fil­i­ate KVUE had the No. 1 news­casts at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., mid­days and 10 p.m. NBC af­fil­i­ate KXAN was the front-run­ner at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“I am ex­tremely proud of the work my staff is do­ing in pro­vid­ing qual­ity jour­nal­ism,” KVUE pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Patti Smith told me. “The view­ers’ recog­ni­tion of

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It’s a great time of year for giv­ing kids bi­cy­cles, but it’s im­por­tant to make sure the bikes are the cor­rect size and that the kids learn to ride safely, wear hel­mets and abide by the rules of the road.

KVUE is once again home to the most-watched 10 p.m. news­cast in Austin. Terri Gruca and Tyler Sieswerda an­chor KVUE TV news at 6 and 10 p.m.

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