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With young children is very rare for them to have the hand strength to cause a problem with brake strength. Their hands are small and weak, giving small reach hence low level action in the brake handle. Children bikes are built using cheap components (Even the components on the best children bike rate just above BSO adult bike components) The bikes for my ...


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If you go with one of the bigger, more solid folding bikes you can use a standard child seat. With most smaller-folding bikes you'll run into weight limits even if you can get one to fit - they're often only rated for 90kg or so, which means that even a light 60kg adult and a 10kg child doesn't leave a lot of margin for "it wasn't designed for this" ...


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In my experience, kids don't realise that they have to push hard at the start. It seems obvious (even "intuitive") to us, but not to them. On the balance bike, one can just push along gently, but this new bike is bigger and heavier, and the gearing makes it harder. So my advice is to encourage him with an enthusiastic "push hard" call. Or go further and ...


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I actually just taught my 5 y/o niece to ride without training wheels last weekend. First thing was that coming from training wheels she wasn't able to take off from being on her feet, rather the balance of the training wheels (which is easy). So baby step one was to hold her balanced on the bike during take off. My philosophy is/was just keep her mind off ...


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You have to make a distinction between the front and rear brakes. Strong rear brakes aren't dangerous, but strong front brakes (when in inexperienced hands) can cause a crash. For a bike that small, I'd go with a weaker front brake. The kid won't be going fast enough to warrant big stopping power. The rear brake isn't as important. I would leave it ...


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Taught my four year old daughter to ride a two wheeler using training wheels. Wanted to try a balance bike, but a free bike fell in my lap that was perfect for her so I couldn't justify the expense of a balance bike. The key with training wheels that so many people don't do is that you need to raise them up slightly as the child gets used to riding on them ...


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The page you linked to has indicated that the Pere is now available again for 199 euro: http://www.milianparts.com/en/products/pere/ The new/re-release version unfortunately doesn't have folding pedals, which some people have noted causes some difficulty in folding.


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In general you should adjust a balance/strider bike so that: When sitting on the seat their feet are flat on the ground with a slight bend at the knees. The handlebars are at about mid-torso height. I usually tell people to worry about saddle height first, then handlebar adjustments.


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For a kids bike where the rider weight is under 25 kilograms / 50 pounds a radial spoked wheel is fine. I've been trying to clean up and true an old 12" steel wheel with radial spokes and I'm truly astonished how strong it is. The spokes themselves are identical to normal bike spokes, just the length that is different. The cross sectional area is the ...


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It would be great if there was scientific evidence for the safer option There are some crash videos (in German) but it gives an idea how seat vs trailer behaves in a crash Here is an interesting information about european child test requirements and tests http://www.podilates.gr/sites/default/files/EN_14344.e.2004.pdf Thule ...


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Sadly the kids aren't the ones with the money, so some of the design of a bike is to appeal to the adult with the cash. When I was a kid, single speed raleigh 20 was common, as were BMX. You had to be pretty lucky to have a three speed, and only super rich people had ten speeds. So the excess of gears is appealing mostly to adults. If 120 cm is the ...



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