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    comfortize a child's bike seat?

    yeah I know comfortize isnt a word........

    ......anyhow, I bought my kids (3.5yr old twins) a cpl 16" bikes from WM. This is their first "real" bike, I dont exactly count the 10" bikes they had before a "real" bike. They've only been riding them a cpl days now and yesterday they would only ride for a few minutes at a time. They been complaining that their butts hurt and I didnt realize how bad til yesterday. Bad enough to leave really sore looking red marks, not a slap on the butt red, Im talking like blood blister red. So I adjusted the seat to tilt down a notch, but I dunno if this will help at all. Is there anything else I can do or are they just gonna have to get used to it? They luv riding their bikes, but the pain is just too much for them. I can't lower the seats anymore and really its about the right height for them, their knees nearly fully extend on down pedal, but not enough to lock the knees.

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    Something is wrong there. I'm thinking that your kids have some kind of unrelated skin problem that the saddles just made worse.
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    Well, it could be the pull ups they still wear. For some reason we're having a *****n time gettin them potty trained, but I think its finally starting to work out. Thats neither here nor there. I didnt know if I could buy different seats for kids bikes or maybe a different seat arrangement that I dont know about. I sure havent found any locally. I know one thing, they sure could use seat belts on those bikes! they tend to slide off when turning.....

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    I wonder if a pedal car type thing could be altered to become a bike or trike. This configuration might lessen the pressure on the bottom but give the sensation of riding with the parents. Just a thought.....
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    Probably need to change the saddles. If you still have the old bikes, try the old saddles. Would have them stop riding though to let them heal up first.

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    Hopefully it is the pullups chafing them. The saddle should be near level. You can go a little one way or the other but not too much. Too much nose down and they will be using their arms to keep from sliding down the saddle. Too much nose up and it will put pressure on the urethra area. The latter probably won't be much of an issue for them as they are riding for hours at a time.

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    I am confused. a 16" wheel is pretty big for a 3.5 year old. Are they on training wheels?

    I would take the diapers off during riding (the saddle can handle pee). I would also put them back on smaller bikes if they are on training wheels.

    I am probably in the minority, but I have seen very poor results when kids have bikes that are too big before they can really ride. It seems like a good economic decision, like buying pants a little big, but the kids will outgrow it, and the extra few months they get to ride it they generally need training wheels so they aren't riding it anyway.

    Take the pedals off of a smaller bike or buy a used glider on craigslist. Get them to scoot around then go to the 16" when they are riding strongly.

    Of course, if your kids are prodigies and are riding the bikes well without training wheels, then just take the diapers off when they ride and see if it helps. Kids butts are much more pliable than ours, so it would amaze me that the seat was doing the damage you are talking about.

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    the bikes are not too big, just right or maybe just on the big size, but they're growing fast. they can get on/off the bike themselves with out problem...except when they use the wrong leg to boost themselves up, but they're learning. and on the downstroke, their knees are not locking, so the bike is a good fit and have a cpl years of use out of them. My son was riding just fine with me the other day while we were waiting for my daughter to get back from the ER....busted her teeth pretty good falling off a chair. so Im hoping its just a "break in" problem that they will have to accustomed too.

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