babylon by bike
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Bikes: Road, Cargo, Tandem, Etc.
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I already took apart an entire 16" goodwill special precicely in accordance with this take on teaching. Removed the ashtabula cranks, chain, etc.
While the 12" I have him on now is too small, the 16" proved too large to stride from the seat. The cheaper bikes that are worth taking apart are boat anchors and are way heavier than what ought to be used as a like-a-bike....
I know that conventional wisdom on BF is to go the route that you describe. However, he's having plenty of fun on his bike with training wheels, and I'd rather allow him to enjoy the pedaling at this point. I did not learn how to ride a bike until age eight. Less than four years later I did my first MS150. No rush. We have a very nice beachside boardwalk and MUP nearby, and it makes more sense to me to have him enjoying it immediately...
He'll tire of the training wheels soon enough.
The cheaper bikes that are worth taking apart are boat anchors and are way heavier than what ought to be used as a like-a-bike....
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley