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What are the conditions for removing training wheels?

Consensus seems to be more and more this: Do not use training wheels. The most important part of cycling is not the pedaling, but balancing and steering. Steering is mostly done by leaning (...
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Why should little kids not have back mirrors on their bicycles?

Literally, TMI [too much information]. Kids shouldn't have to deal with what's behind them. When learning to ride, they have the dual challenge of learning bike-control and balancing as well as not ...
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How should an adult lead a group of child cyclists?

Tl;dr: leading from the back is a good idea most of the time I'm going to assume that you are the only adult in the group, but in that case you'll need to delegate some responsibility to a competent ...
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Why should little kids not have back mirrors on their bicycles?

I would think about a few reasons, the short version is that using mirrors correctly requires skills that little kids haven't developed yet, and they shouldn't be in a situation where they need one: ...
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What are the conditions for removing training wheels?

Not knowing how widespread this apporach may be, I'll just contribute, what strategy my parents applied: My father bent the trainers more outward/upward - this left more room to tilt from one side ...
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What are the conditions for removing training wheels?

The accepted answer is correct: don't use training wheels. Once my kids got interested in bikes, I assembled the ones I bought for them and just left the pedals off. After a couple sessions of ...
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How to make a kid's bike easier to pedal

Children's bikes are usually designed with easy gearing appropriate to children. As Chris H said - they are not usually assembled by people who care that a bike is assembled correctly. From the ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Maybe a FollowMe for the oldest? At 8 years they should be close to riding 7km under their own power, but the FollowMe would still give a backup option in case they run out of energy or you are under ...
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Adding gears to my grandson's 12" bike

If your grandson is that young, he's likely to have trouble keeping up with you no matter what bike he's riding. It may be that it's your expectations, not his bike, that should be modified. It seems ...
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How should an adult lead a group of child cyclists?

The whole discussion shows that having only one adult is unsafe for the kids. Lead from the front, you'll be unable to supervise them correctly (even with a mirror) and address dangerous behaviours on ...
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For a broken chain on a child's small bike, do I replace the whole thing or just a single link?

You can't only get the side plate and even if you could, trying to fix the link that way would be very hard and would not be sturdy. There are a few things you could do: If the chain had some slack, ...
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Adding gears to my grandson's 12" bike

Is he extremely short? An 8-year-old is almost 9 years old, and: "26 inch mountain bikes are suited for kids that are 9-13 years old." Don't fix up the 12 incher. Head into a local bike shop and get a ...
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A two successive wheel trailer ; would it work? (followme-tandem)

The follow-me tandem lifts the front wheel of the child's cycle off the ground because that's the only way to have stable handling on corners. I made some primitive drawings to explain. Note that ...
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How should an adult lead a group of child cyclists?

I'll offer a counterpoint to ChrisH's view, because whether one adult group leader should be at the front or the rear of the group is a good way to constrain this open-ended problem. Say you take the ...
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Towing children and rear tire

The fact that you were towing a trailer should not have had any influence on your tire going flat. Quite surely it was either some sharp or pointy object that the tire picked up on the road or ...
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Is it ok for a kid's bike to only have a front brake?

Small children usually do not have a grip strong enough to brake effectively with brake levers on the handle bars. Neither do they have enough coordination to modulate brakes. This means if they were ...
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How to attach streamers to handlebars?

If the grips are rubbery, the streamers should push in, though some force will be needed. That tight fit is necessary as there's only friction to stop them falling out again. I certainly wouldn't cut ...
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What makes a stem a "mountain bike stem" and why might it not be suitable for (or clamp properly on) a road bike?

There used to be a time when road and MTB stems differed. MTB was 25.4mm, road was 26.0mm. Today, the most common bar clamp is 31.8mm, common to road and MTB. There's no difference apart from the stem ...
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Cost of lending out a child's bike?

The marginal cost of cycling is extremely low (i.e. the cost for an extra bit of use), especially as kids' lessons are going to be light use (I doubt they're hurtling off kerbs, for example). Kids' ...
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I want a bolt on crank, but dunno what terminology to use to find one

TL;DR: The search terms to use may be "kidback adapter," "child stoker adapter," or "child stoker kit." Googling for "tandem child bicycle crank" produced a ...
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How to properly attach a "tag-along" bicycle

You mention four bolts, does your seatpost hitch look something like this: By design, these can cinch up pretty tight against all size seatposts, in contrast to two bolt models which need the proper ...
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Can I drill into the handles of a B'Twin 100 Arctic?

My guess is the bars are not solid. The likely cause is a plastic plug in the bar end. The plug was installed then the grip covers the the cap and the bars. The plastic in the end cap tends to be much ...
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How to apply speed control to bicycle

Most bikes for small children only have a single gear which severely limits the speeds you can (comfortably) cycle at. With a typical 28t chainring in the front, a 15t sprocket in the back and 16 inch ...
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For a broken chain on a child's small bike, do I replace the whole thing or just a single link?

I regard fixing a broken chain as a way to get home amd then replace it. Most causes of chain damage will stress more than one link, and patching the chain leaves other weakened links vulnerable. A ...
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What to put after taking off rear stabilisers from child bicyle?

You want a washer and a nut on each side. Take it down to your local bike shop or hardware store to find the right size. Any other parts that were on there were specifically on there for the ...
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Adding gears to my grandson's 12" bike

If you are absolutely set on converting the bike, use an internal gear hub (IGH). There are IGHs with three gears (the usual kid's first IGH), and there are IGHs with seven gears (suitable for many ...
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Can I drill into the handles of a B'Twin 100 Arctic?

Awwww :) I think if you're only drilling into the ends and not into the span of handlebars, it should not be a big problem. But it would be easier to mod the tassels to fit the bike than modding the ...
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Can I drill into the handles of a B'Twin 100 Arctic?

In the end, I decided not to try drilling, and instead bought streamers which attach with elastic, like these:
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Where can I find removable training wheels?

I ended up buying a socket wrench and socket in order to remove hex nut holding the block in place. I bought the wrench on eBay and the socket from Home Depot, which sells individual sockets. With the ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Check out a Babboe Max-E. It's a larger cargo bike that will seat up to 6, and it's electric so you can truly go 7km without your legs catching on fire. https://www.babboe.co.uk/babboe-max-e
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