Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cape Cod
Bikes: Trek, Univega, Specialized, Kona
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Very cool technology. I agree it's probably more than most would spend, but if a bike club or school or other organization (cub scouts, etc.) bought one for use by members, that might work. Probably too expensive to use on a just one kid, particularly if they learn to ride with the thing in a few hours.
I agree with the others that said to pull off the pedals and find a safe area with a slight grade. A grassy hill is even better than a parking lot, in my opinion, as any falls are even less of a problem and the grass tends to slow the ride a bit, too.
I will say, though, that I tried pretty hard for several years to get my kids to learn using some other techniques (running behind breaking your back holding the seat, etc.) before finally finding the sloping hill method online. After all those failed attempts the "old way", I would have paid quite a bit to get them riding sooner.