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    Senior Member mustang1's Avatar
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    Another new bike for daughter

    My dauighter (2y7m) has a Specialized HotWalk (no pedals, teaches balance) and she can ride it on a slight downhill (what the bike was designed for) and lift her feet off the ground for abot 2-3 seconds at a time and maintain balance.

    The thing is, with summer nearly leaving us, I want her to gain a little bit of freedom and get her a bike with pedals. I know she's not ready to ride a pedal'd bike without stabalizers, bt if I add stabalizers, I afraid she might unlearn the balancing skills she's already picked up.

    So should I buy another bike with pedals and stabalizers for the remainder of summer, or let her continue on the "learn-to-balance" bike with no pedals? Cycling is all about enjoyment right? So I'm thinking of just getting her the bike...
    1 cx bike, commuter (light off road), 2 road bikes (sportives and fair weather commuter), 1 mtb (off road fun and antics)

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    Conquer Cancer rider Boudicca's Avatar
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    Try the Recreation and Family forum for more insight?
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    I'm opposed to training wheels. I say keep her on the HotWalk or get her a bike with pedals but no training wheels. Training wheels will definitely defer the learning process of balancing. And I feel it's better to learn balancing first and pedaling second rather than the other order. If she's enjoying her bike now, no need to change anything.

    Good for you, Dad.

    I've taught lots of kids and adults to ride a bike.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

    Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
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