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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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What are the conditions for removing training wheels?

I have children who I'm trying to get stoked about riding bikes. I am prone to letting them try and fail, and learn from mistakes, gaining confidence as they go, but this doesn't work perfectly with ...
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Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike

are there any child seats that can be used for twins (6 month old)? I don't like the idea of putting them in a trailer as I suspect its easy for cars to not see it. Also - special bonus point to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 no-...
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Cost of lending out a child's bike?

My son's elementary school teaches kids to ride a bike in gym class. Basically, they adjust the schedule so the 2nd grade kids (7-8 year olds) have extra gym classes during a 1 month period and during ...
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Can I drill into the handles of a B'Twin 100 Arctic?

My 4yo daughter has just got a B'twin Arctic 100 for her birthday. Her balance bike has tassels like these on the handlebars, so I bought some for her new bike too. But behind the grips, the ...
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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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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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Adding gears to my grandson's 12" bike

My grandson has the kind of bike you pedal backwards to brake, and he goes riding with me on my days off. Yesterday, he asked me if we can convert his bike because we have looked everywhere and no ...
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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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Child seat: how to protect my child's face from rain and wind?

I edited this question more than any of my questions before, please feel free to view old versions. The overhaul of the question was approved in principle by a moderator. I did also add an answer with ...
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A two successive wheel trailer ; would it work? (followme-tandem)

TL;DR Why does the followme-tandem have the kids front wheel off the ground? I'm looking into the followme-tandem, which attaches a child's bicyle to the back of an adult's bike to make a trailer-...
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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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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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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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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 I'...
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I want a bolt on crank, but dunno what terminology to use to find one

I want to place a crank on a bike at a different location than the one the bike is originally located. This is similar to what i want to do, this is an addon crank for a smaller person to pedal with a ...
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Get off bike on crosswalk?

I go to school at Lafayette, CA. Can't find the local laws here, but people sometimes shout at me to get off my bike on the crosswalk. Even though many other students ride over the cross, I'm ...
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Child sleeping in bike trailer

My husband and I like to take our 3.5 year old daughter for bike rides and she rides in a trailer. But the problem is that she is sitting idly on a calm, mostly smooth ride on a bike path surrounded ...
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How to properly attach a "tag-along" bicycle

I have a tag-along for my son that wants to join me on some rides. It's a great way for father-son bonding. He's 7yo. I've attached the collar of the tag-along to my seat post, and tightened the four ...
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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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What’s a good way to carry a kid’s bike on an otherwise full bakfiets?

I have a Workcycles KR8 bakfiets and the 3yo just got his first pedal bike. We wanted to take him and his bike for a fifteen minute ride to the park where he could ride by himself, but chucking his ...
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Saddle height for toddler's balance bike

My toddler (two and a half years old) has just started scooting around on her balance bike. I'd like to ensure that the saddle is at the best height for her to learn to balance. I know the rules of ...
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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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26" fork on 24" bike: reduce travel on suspension fork

My son and I are building him a 24" bike. The frame was donated from a trashed bike, it had a 24" coil suspension fork with 40mm travel and weighed a ton. The axle-to-crown measurement was ...
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Solid tyres for child's tricycle

Is it still possible to purchase solid white rubber tyres? I need some for a Raleigh Tiger child's tricycle I am renovating the size in the side wall states 12 x 7/8 there is 300mm also on the side ...
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How to attach streamers to handlebars?

I bought streamers for my kids bikes: https://www.pushys.com.au/bikecorp-handlebar-streamers-shiny-purple.html How do I attach them? I was told I just need to push them through the holes on the sides ...
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My child seems to have difficulties riding bike - would different tires help?

My son is 6 years old, weighs about 20kg himself. The bike we have for him is this Merida Matts J20 which weighs about 13kg. His riding skills are fine but I get the feeling he's not comfortable on ...
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How to measure frame size kids bike

The way I know how to measure frame size is by measuring from the center of the cranks to to top of the seat tube. I ordered a 16" bike from Halfords but the seat tube is only 9". On the box it says ...
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Eye protection for child in bicycle child carrier

I'm finally at the stage where I'm about to install a front mounted WeeRide child carrier on one of my bikes, but one of the things I'm concerned about is eye protection for my child. I'm mainly ...
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Lifespan of a bike child seat

I know that e.g. bike helmets and child car seat expires, but can't find anything about bike child seats. There is a manufacture date on mine (Dec. 2014) and it's made of polypropylene (there is this ...
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Child's bike rear wheel wobble

I removed the stabilisers from my child's bike, but now when she rides there is a clicking noise and you can noticeably see the rear wheel wobble slightly, and the chain comes off frequently because ...
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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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What to put after taking off rear stabilisers from child bicyle?

I removed rear stabilisers from my 9y old daughter's bike a while ago, but I lost the little pieces that are supposed to replace the stabilisers. Today I don't even remember what they look like. Any ...
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What model is this old child’s bike?

I found this in my grandfathers garage. He said it was in the garbage like 15 years ago. I don’t know but hope it’s something cool and antique. I am crossing my fingers.
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Tightening the bolts on training wheels for a child's Schwin bike

My child is learning to ride his first bike and I have attached the training wheels to help him learn to balance. I have adjusted them to be slightly off the ground so he can get used to the feeling ...
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What makes a great kids city bike? (and where can I find or how can I build one?)

I have two children age 6 and 8. In good weather we often ride 10 or 20 miles in a day to school and misc activities. I'd like to get them city / commuter bikes but almost all of the kids bikes I can ...
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Inflating toddler tires

I got my toddlers bike second hand & it looked like tyres were a bit flat. We brought new tubes & when I went to replace them I found that the current ones inflated. It seems that I can pump &...
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Rear Wheel Jamming on kids bike after Training Wheels

We got our son a Hyper Metro bicycle from walmart for Christmas and I assembled it with no problem. We also go training wheels for it and when I installed them, the issues began. The rear wheel will ...
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Putting rear hand brakes onto a 16" Diamondback Jr Viper

I'm trying to add rear hand brakes onto a 16" bike for my son. I've seen other online versions of the same bike model (Diamonback Jr Viper) with hand brakes; which makes me think I should be able to ...