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Baby seat for stoker's seat post on tandem

My wife and I used to both commute by bike, and now that our child is old enough to go on a bike, we'd like to do so again. She has already installed a front-mounted baby seat on her dutch-style bike, ...
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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 ...
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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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Kids bike overlapping frame sizes, can you go up one size?

Bike size guide: 105-117cm, 4-6 yrs: 14" 112-125cm, 5-7 yrs: 16" My niece already has a 14" bike her daddy got her. I have been monitoring her height, she's definitely growing. At the moment she's ...
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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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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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How to slow down a kid's bike

In the show Yowamushi Pedal, the main character starts out riding a mamachari or "mommy bike" that he has owned since fourth grade. Now he is in high school. In season 1 episode 3, one of the other ...
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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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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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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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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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Rear rack or similar storage options for child's bike (16" wheels)

My 4 year old has taken to riding with abandon, and we're starting to get into summer, where we hope to do some trails together. I have a rear wheel bike rack which is sufficient for storage of what ...
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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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Kid's bike - Can I put 20" wheel on a frame that was meant for 18" wheels?

So, my friend's kid's bicycle has an 18" tire that is completely worn down. I'm having a really tough time finding 18" tires on local buy/sell websites, but there are a bunch of 16" and 20". Does ...
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Adding gears to a childs trike pickle pashley

I'd like to add gears to my disabled son's pickle pashley tricycle. I have made a start by adding a 5 speed casette, but I'm stuck trying to work out how to shift the gears as there is no where to ...
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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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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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Best Kids Triathlon Bikes [closed]

What are some of the best kids (8-15) triathlon bikes for racing?
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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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Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle?

Is the balancing easier on big cycles after the kid learns to ride pedal less bicycle? Kid is 2 years 8 months old. Is this a correct age to go for such a cycle?
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How to measure which sized bicycle can a toddler ride?

The child is female and is of 2.8 years old. We have a choice between 12 inch, and a 14 inch cycle. Don't have any cycle shops around. Will be purchasing this online. I don't know what 14 inch ...
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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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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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Touring with little kids?

I'm curious, has anyone gone on bicycle tours with small children? I did some long-distance camping touring a while ago and would like to do more eventually. For the moment, though, we have a toddler, ...
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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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Torn. Want to support LBS but they don't carry what I really want [closed]

I live in a small town with one bike shop. It is a good shop that I like a lot. I am riding an bike that I built 15 years ago but I take it there and spend money on parts and maintenance. I bought ...
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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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Bolt size for the Weerider Kangaroo

I lost the main bolt for a Weerider Kangaroo, just wondering if someone has one and can tell me the size of the main bolt the one that attaches the seat to the bar.
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Valve Extender for Kids Bike

I can't seem to fit my bike pump onto my son's bike. The tires are too small, and there isn't enough of a gap to put the head of a bike pump on the valve. Are there any valve extenders (not permanent)...
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Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?

My 4yr old son has a 16in Bikestar and at times he maxes out the gearing on it trying to keep up with his old man. How feasible is it to add either a 2 or 3 speed hub to such a bike? I'm concerned ...
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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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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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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 children'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inline trailers

Anyone know of a bike trailer that is narrow (like a BOB Yak) for kids? We have a co-pilot trailer, but the width is pretty wide, often maxing out a sidewalk making it hard to pass or be passed. We ...
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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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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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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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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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Anyone found a good way to transport kids with a Strida?

Are there any compatible trailers or such for a Strida? The strida is a bike frame designed with single-side mounts for the wheels, and they are on the Right hand side. There is no axle connection or ...
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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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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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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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