Howdy, families! I usually post in the Commuting and A&S forums, so this is one of my first times here.
Gradually over the summer, I find myself becoming a bicycle mentor for the kids next door. They have bikes, but their parents are not riders. I've been asked several times to change tubes, raise seats, and so on. In the last few days, the kids have been asking me to take them on a ride around the neighborhood, which I do. The age range is 7-9.
The 7-year-old girl is a relatively new rider. Due to some medical condition, she is very overweight. She has a chopper-style bike which looks small for her to me, with a banana seat, and is still on training wheels. She has to walk uphills, but nonetheless, her speed is improving quickly on level ground, and her balance looks like it is improving.
Since I am extremely skinny, and both my kids are average weight or below, I'm not familiar with issues involved in overweight kids riding bikes. Of course I try to make sure she's not getting too winded. But I don't know if there is more I could do, like if maybe a different frame would work better. I tried raising the seat last night, but I don't know if it helped. (It still looks sort of low, but she also has short legs, and maybe that's just the geometry of chopper bikes.) I should check the tire pressure tonight, it's probably low, and that would make for harder riding.
Any other suggestions?