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Old 10-04-09, 08:34 PM   #1
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Kid's first bike without the training wheels

This is what Pcad really needs ...

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/03/g...without-the-t/

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Gyrobike's Gyrowheel stabilizes a kid's first bike without the training wheels
by Paul Miller posted Oct 3rd 2009 at Engadget



Being the fine physical specimens that we are, even from an early age, we of course had little trouble learning how to ride a bike without external help, but we're sure **some hapless child out there will welcome the Gyrowheel as salvation from the embarrassment of training wheels.

The 12-inch wheel (a 16-inch version is in the works) replaces a standard front tire and has an adjustable-speed spinning disc inside, powered by a rechargeable battery. The idea is that you get the kid started on a high stability setting, and step them down until they're not using the gyro at all.

It goes on sale this December and should retail for around $100.
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Old 10-04-09, 10:41 PM   #2
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This is what Pcad really needs ...
What we all need :

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index...vents_sel.html

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To me, this looks like another mis-application of technology to solve a non-problem. The kid doesn't learn to balance because the training wheels are a crutch. Solution: put gyro stabilizers in the wheels. (another crutch.)

If they're not ready to learn balancing, nothing will help. If they are, then take the pedals off the bike and let the kid paddle it around like a draisienne. Make it a game to see how far they can coast. You'd be surprised at how fast the kid learns.
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[QUOTE=Jeff Wills;9799137]What we all need :

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index...vents_sel.html

Very cool unicycle!
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