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In my opinion, this should NOT be done. Bicycles are very versatile, and one can not only use a single all-purpose bike for many purposes, but also to have/design specialty bikes, as it is the case of a Strida. And, by the way, is the case with a lot of child-carrying specific bikes and/or equipment. But, as it seems to me, a Strida is a SPECIALTY BIKE NOT ...


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He is 3..... he will do what he wants to, when and how he wants. I had a lot of trouble getting my boy off trainers (We did not go don the balance bike path). After many attempts involving removing them and putting them back on, I gave up and decided when he is ready (or old enough his peers laugh at him), he will want them removed. One day he just came up ...


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Yes. Slime makes some valve extenders for Schrader valves , and if you have a Presta valve you can use a Presta to Schrader valve adapter (and if you really want, you can attach a Schrader valve extender to that, since you can buy the Schrader valve extenders at Walmart or whatever) . Some companies (like Topeak) make Presta valve extenders as well: ...


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You could always buy some new tubes with the valve set at a 45 degree angle. Schwalbe sell them for £5/6 depending on the size you need. Easiest way I'd say and saves you faffing about drilling holes or screwing valve extenders on and off.


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Depending on how comfortable your kids are on a bike, you could get something like the Trail-a-Bike Tandem It's as narrow as a regular bike. I don't have any experience with it, but it seems like it might work. Xtracycle also have various bolt on longtail attachments for regular bikes. I'm not sure if two four year olds would be too heavy on a longtail, ...


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It's pretty easy if you have a spoke cutter and are willing to run a funny spoke pattern. I suggest buying (ideally second hand) a three speed hub and lacing it into the 16" rim yourself. With a wheel that small and a child on it there's not enough load to make strength an issue, so you can reasonably either lace a 20 spoke rim to a 36 spoke hub using ...


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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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I had the same problem with my current MTB - I talked to the guy at my favorite LBS (I have a number of specialist but large chain bike shops close by, hes a small operator), and told him what I wanted (He stocked the brand, not the model, and it was end of season so stocks were short supply). I had seen it on the internet for a significant discount, told ...


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Start with short distances and gradually increase. Then when the family is into the routine of bike trips, add a picnic stop. Then find a nice camping location, either near home or near where you park the car, and ride by a longer route to get there. This way if something unplanned happens you are not far away. Make sure the kid(s) have fun. Perhaps ...


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I think you have the right idea - build up slowly. I've seen a few people with little kids out cycle touring, and did a couple of weeks with a group that included a mother and pre-walking infant. The people below apparently managed at least 1000km based on Moz's comments. I think the main limit is how long your kids can handle being on the bike or in the ...


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When my daughter was around three, we started out with the trailer bike and then graduated to a tandem with the pedals adapted. She had been on training wheels on her own little bike since she was two and was doing just fine; being on the trailer bike gave her an opportunity to go places, to feel like a big kid and to develop an appreciation for what ...


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I found A definitive guide to sizing a child's bike and Children: Choosing A Bike / Buying a Bike using a search for "size child's bike". Bike fit for young kids, especially kids who are about to learn to ride, is quite different than for older kids and adults. Rather than being about comfort while riding, it's more about lack of pain when falling off. The ...


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Discussions of parenting is always dangerous, but what is the hurry? Children don't understand work motifs (i.e., do A, so you can accomplish B) and seem to learn best in play motifs (or that is at least what my partner keeps hammering into my thick scull). I am in the opposite position, I wish my 3-year-old would rider her strider bike more as we used to ...


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When my 4 year old transitioned from her run bike to her first pedal bike, the one thing she struggled with was negotiating her pedals. She would try to 'run' on her pedal bike, and got frustrated real quick trying to figure out how to negotiate her pedals and cycle her feet. I think a trailer bike would be a good transition from a run bike to their first ...


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Pursuing this might not be totally impossible, but you should probably have a sit down and really contemplate the effort you will need to put into this. For starters, depending on the age of your child, you're going to need diapers, clothes, food, entertainment, a decent sized trailer, all of your regular touring gear, and extra emergency equipment such as ...


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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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You don't owe the bike shop your business. What I feel is not right is to use the bike shop for sizing or advice then go and buy it online to save a few dollars. Consider the bike shop is the final point of assembly. If the bike shop will order it for you then you basically get a free tune up. Give the bike shop a chance to quote a number and if you can ...


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My oldest is now 12 - Balance bikes were not readily available 10 years ago in my country. If I did it over again, I would use a balance bike (or take the pedals off a normal bike). Balance bikes provide a natural and safe learning progression. Most kids have come off some sort of sit astride plastic toy, a balance bike is really a 'big kids' version of ...


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Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle? The world is full of variation! Anacdotally, learning on a balance bike (no pedals) first, then transitioning to a pedal bike seems to work very well. This worked well for my mine and the neighbour's kids as we all seemed to transition without any major crashes. ...


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If they are steady on their feet and tall enough than a balance bike is fine. The advantage of a balance bike is it develops balance first as small children don't necessarily have the strength or co-ordination to ride a pedal bike to begin with. We found the wooden balance bikes to be inherently bigger - so for our child we went with the much smaller ...


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A person is better-trained to understand the mechanics and physics of balance, so for example coasting down a gradual hill on a pedal-bike the first time will be easier for someone who has ridden a stride-bike, but the mechanics of moving the feet in circles while pedaling and balancing will still take some time. The transition from striding to pedaling ...


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A Brompton uses a 16" wheel size, which means you could get a used Brompton wheel with Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub and swap it out. The only problem is that such wheels are rather expensive even used.


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I would urge you to check online, and order a replacement from WeeRide. Parts like this are hardened more than standard hardware grade steel. If this was a reflector screw, then I'd say grab anything from the local hardware store. However, in this case there's a lot more at stake and you don't wanna cut corners. I have no experience with WeeRide, but I ...


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I don't think that its a good idea given that in a few months, you're going to want a 20 inch bicycle for the child. IGH's wouldn't work since the hub width is likely smaller than standard, and mounting a derailleur would be a problem as well. Also, if you were to find a compatible hub or whatever (given the 20 spoke constraint that andy256 mentioned in the ...



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