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What is the best method to teach a young child to ride?

My daughter is just about ready to start to ride a proper bike. I am loathe to get her a bike with training wheels/stabilisers, as just about every kid I see with them just relies on them and doesn't ...
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Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?

Our 2.2 year old toddler seems very interested in a random, abandoned bike seat we found, so we're considering some method of letting him ride with us. But I am not sure whether to get ... A bike ...
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When accompanying children on roads - ahead, beside or behind?

When accompanying children (in my case roughly in the 5 to 9 range) on a moderately busy (by rural standards) road on our commute to their school I'm sometimes ahead, sometimes beside (at least the ...
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What should I look for in a “trailer bike”/“tag-along” bike for a child?

My daughter is growing fast, and will soon be too big for the child seat that is on the back of my bike. She is not yet ready to ride on the road, so I am thinking of purchasing a "tag-along" bike. ...
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At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?

Does anyone have any experience or references on when it is ok to start putting a child in a bike child seat/carrier? I am aware that our child will need some extra neck strength to not bobble around ...
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Alternatives to trailers for transporting young children

A representative in Oregon has recently introduced a bill that would prohibit children under the age of six from riding in bicycle trailers. While it is far too early to tell whether this bill will ...
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Is a “run-bike” equivalent to a bmx bike with no drivetrain?

My son is about to turn two and he really likes the Skuut Balance Bike, but is this functionally any different than a small Bmx bike with no drivetrain? Update Specifically, is a run-bike designed ...
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Baby Transportation Safety Statistics

Is there a resource comparing different safety statistics for transporting babies on bicycles, specifically using different methods? I'd like to see some information about how safe it is to compare a ...
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Do “trailer bikes” help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?

I'm considering getting a trailer bike for my 3 year old (image below) but want to know if it will help or hurt progression toward him riding independently. He's amazingly fast on his Strider ...
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When is a child ready to switch from scooting to pedaling?

Last year, we bought a child-sized bike and removed the pedals. My three-year-old has been using it as a push bike (a.k.a. balance bike, run bike, or scooter) and learning how to balance. The plan is ...
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What to look for when buying bicycles for children

I have young children (5 - 7 years old), and having taught them to cycle on some really cheap bikes, I am looking to get them something more road worthy with a view to cycling to school with them. (~1 ...
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Teaching a child to push off

My four year old started riding a pedal bike a few days ago, and thanks to his balance bike took to it like a fish to water; he's going up and down the street or park like a pro already. He ...
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Quick release wheels on kids bikes?

Currently trying to find larger bikes for our kids aged 5 & 7. Oldest's next bike is going to be a struggle to fit in the back of the car (for various reasons they cycle to school in the morning ...
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Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes

I bought two used bikes for my children, both with 16 inch wheels. I was surprised to see that one child has to pedal much faster to go the same speed as the other child, and discovered the two bikes ...
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Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?

I LOVE my Strida, but have noticed that the only way to transport kids with it is in a trailer, which seems to defeat the purpose of a compact bike. I've seen a crazy expensive Brompton bar ...
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How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?

I picked up a child's bike from the recycling center - and I was going to give it to a financially strapped worker that I know. The brakes could easily be adjusted to be quite a bit stronger - but ...
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What is the next step in teaching my child to ride?

This is related to - but I think it's sufficiently different from - the question about how to teach a child to ride. My 8-year-old daughter can ride her own bike, but she's a bit wobbly, especially ...
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How to chose a right sized mountain (or all-terrain) bike for a kid?

Will a bike with 11" frame and 20" wheels be suitable for 120 cm high child? Is there general recommendation about what should I pay attention to, when choosing a bike for a kid? Will Kona Shred 2-0 ...
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Safe child seat attachment

I was told by my bike shop that the bike I have can only mount a child seat at the seatpost. My son is 2 and I need a safe child seat for him. I have been having great difficulty finding one that ...
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How can I find a biking club that has a group for riding with kids in a trailer?

How can I find a biking club that has a group for riding with kids in a trailer? I prefer to ride in a group.
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DIY solution for carrying kids on a long-john: ideas?

I ordered a long-john (namely, a Bullitt Clockwork) and - the official folding seat/composite honeycomb bottom being way too expensive for my budget, I am now in the process of building a passenger ...
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Child bike seat usage when approaching max weight

I've been reviewing some of the options for commuting your kid around (bike seat, trailers, mid tails, long tails, etc) and am having a hard time determining the best option. My daughter is 45lbs ...
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Can a saddle clamp be upside down on a children's bike?

Generally, when we put a saddle clamp on we put it so the rails are mounted on the "top" side (reference clamp pictured): However in my case I still need to lower a seat by a inch more. Looking at ...
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Is it OK for a child's bike to have a radially-laced rear wheel?

I was looking at the Early Rirder Belter 16" child's bike and noticed that the rear wheel has radial spokes on both sides. In wheels built for adult bikes this is considered bad practice. From ...
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Source of John Deere line of children bicycle tires?

My son's bike is 12 inch children bike with the John Deere tractor theme to it. Aside from the paint, this line of kids bikes have some rather beefy, large square knobby tires. As with any ...
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Suspension forks on child/youth bicycle for road ringing good?

When riding only roads and well maintained trails, does it make any sense to have a suspension fork on a children's bike (10-12 years)? My initial gut feeling is to say no as it just adds weight ...
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Anyone found a good way to transport kids with a Strida?

Are there any compatible trailers or such for a Strida?
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How high should be the handle of a balance bike for a 35 inches tall kid?

How should I decide about handle adjustment? Handle is adjustable upto 20 inches.
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looking for Lightweight inexpensive children's bike (120cm) available in uk [closed]

I'm looking for Lightweight inexpensive children's hybrid bike (120cm) available in uk for my six year old son. It seems to me at this age they don't need fancy brakes or lots of gears but would ...
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Traffic free events in London or Kent

I'm looking for traffic free events in London or Kent so I can enjoy a ride with my young daughter. I know about the Prudential FreeCycle ride on Jul 30th 2016. Any other recommendations? Any long ...
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Peugeot 24" road bike classification

I have in my possession from childhood, an elderly peugeot road bike. Unfortunately I have no photos, but the details I do have are this: 2x7 drivetrain, 24" wheels, yellow frame and bottle mount ...