Family cycling help

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Johnno260, 6 Nov 2017.

  1. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    My half brother is 4 lives in netherlands and according to my dad he started off with a tricycle and then he also has a balance bike now. but you should get a balance bike or a bike that fits and take pedals off.
     
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  2. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

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    Echoing the thoughts of others somewhat, I'd go for an Islabike if you can stretch. Why? They are a gnat's nadger lighter than Frogs (we have a Frog now, btw) in the smaller sizes, which helps. (Although if I were buying new, I'd go for this: https://www.evanscycles.com/early-r...eoDBSikseiN6JxgzgHFzD7EGLy7dlOecaAhHYEALw_wcB which is even lighter)
    When you get it take the pedals off and have an outing as a balance bike. Second outing, put the pedals in your pocket with a spanner and play it by ear. My daughter was up and away on that second outing, it was truly gobsmacking. (and one of my prouder moments as a dad!)
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    anyone have any experience with the Carrera Cosmos kids bike?
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Is there a trusted guideline for children’s bike sizes?

    I found some nice Ridgebacks online and would like to double check my daughters height before I commit

    She is 110cm tall, inner leg 46cm I think this points to a 16” wheel.
     
    Last edited: 26 Nov 2017
  5. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
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    Best one is sitting them on a bike, but inside leg measurement together with a decent bike designed for children (so not a long wheel base), is generally a good start.

    They need to be able to touch the ground, have some clearance over the crossbar, be able to reach the handlebars easily, have brakes suitable for kids with small hands and look to see that there is some decent growing room in the seat post.
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
  7. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

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    Bristol
    Well it looks in reasonable condition, but bin the stabilisers if you win it!:okay:
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Sat her on a 16” at Halfords and was perfect, they tried to suggest an 18” but I pointed out the reach was way too long.

    Won the Ridgeback for £50 so I’m quite happy with that.

    The stabilisers will be removed and possibly the pedals, may get her to use it as a balance bike for a little while.

    Thanks for all the tips everyone.
     
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  9. NickNick

    NickNick Well-Known Member

    Not sure if you've read it before or not and whether or not its how you've already set up the stabilisers, but Sheldon has some advice on setting them up so the bike can lean a bit. Ignore if its how they are currently set up, but if you have them set up so the bike can't lean, might be worth doing for a bit before taking them off:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/teachride.html
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

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    I hadn’t seen that I will 100% take a look!

    Cheers for that.
     
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  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    No take them off... else they just use them... and that isn't learning to ride a bike. The balance bike way is the best way...:okay:
     
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