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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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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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Do "trailer bikes" help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?

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 ...
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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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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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Valve Extender for Kids Bike

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 ...
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Touring with little kids?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?

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 ...
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Valve Extender for Kids Bike

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 ...
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Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?

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 ...
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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?

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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Internal Gear Hub for 16in Wheel?

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 ...
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Touring with little kids?

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 ...
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Adding gears to a childs trike pickle pashley

Normally I would say "you wouldn't start from there", but since you have... Since you've managed to add a cassette, I assume you're reasonably confident with tools. You're going to have to make a ...
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