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she can ride!!!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gary r, 10 Sep 2007.

  1. gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    my little girl who is 3 can now ride her bike!!! She's had a "like a bike" wooden bike for about a year,scooting herself everywhere.tried her for the first time on saturday on a "real bike" & she just rode of.She has trouble stopping as she has not learnt to use the brakes yet!!Anyone with young kids,Ditch the stabalisers (she never had them) & buy a "like a bike" it was so easy.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Agreed. And from my experience this is the best one-

    http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/rothan.html

    It's cheaper than a lot of the wooden ones, more sturdy but still as light, and our 2-year-old could sit on it properly from his second birthday. And he's tiny.

    The only trouble is now it takes about 30 minutes to get down to the park, 5 minutes walk away.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    we actually bought a cheap "like a bike" copy from Aldi or Lidl for £20.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    We had one of those. For that price it was fantastic. It's currently making its way around the older boy's friends.

    Unfortunately it was too big for our little'un.
     
  5. QuickDraw

    QuickDraw Senior Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Is a like-a-bike any better than just putting the saddle at it's lowest and taking the pedals off?
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Hang on. Just roll back a second. Did somebody say they had a wooden bike? :blush:
     
  7. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Do teach her how to brake in order to control her speed
    Both of my boys took nasty falls over the top when we went to new places with unexpected decents just around the corner
     
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    [bonj mode] you can't make a bike from wood. It's impossible.

    OK, maybe it is possible. But I was still right when I said it wasn't [/bonj mode]
     
  9. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    what a great idea. with stabilisers kids just lean to one side don't they. we never had stabilisers, our dad used to run behind us holding the saddle and then let go. we would be okay until we realised he wasn't there and then panic, fall off! ha ha

    i found out a guy at work couldn't ride a bike the other day. i was shocked! :blush: how did that happen! he said his mum was always frightened he'd fall off so never bought him a bike. he said she was always a bit overprotective.
     
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    They're lighter, and a bit more straightforward, so easier to handle.


    But you could just take the pedals off a normal bike.

    Can you get a normal 2-wheeler for a 2 year old?
     
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Whoever invented the idea of a bike without cranks and that can't ever have cranks fitted for kids to learn on is onto a good ruse, because they know that in a few months the kid's going to be able to ride it and is going to want one with cranks and pedals. Two sales in one.
     
  12. OP
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    gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    My 6yr old still plays on the wooden bike so its not money wasted! Like i said we got a cheap one from Lidl or Aldi.I think the transistion to a proper bike is so much easier than using stabilisers.Its not a marketing ruse.
     
  13. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Patrick Field teaches adults in the same way - pedals off, scoot along until you're confident with balance, pedals back on.
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    That depends on how you look at it.

    As I said, our wooden bike is still doing the rounds of my eldest's friends, and he's 5 now.

    So £20 to get a bunch of kids cycling as early as possible is excellent value for money IMO.

    And the Islabikes Rothan will last forever. There are enough people who know how good Islabikes are for you to have no trouble at all selling one of these on.
     
  15. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    I have a tiny (well, it looks that way to me) bike for my Daughter who's 3 and a half now... I've removed the pedals (whole crank arms in fact) and lowered the seat as much as is possible... but it's still a bit too big for her to comfortably move around on just using her legs to balance and power it.

    We've tried on gentle grassed slopes but it's still quite a scary prospect for her as she can't easily stop herself by putting her feet down.

    I think a smaller frame may help, don't think they make them though - hence the like-a-bike niche market.

    I may even be tempted down that (rather expensive) route if she can't use this one soon. Wish we had a Lidl/Aldi which sold the cheaper version near us! :blush: