I'm new to biking (and this site so pardon my ignorance on the subject. I literally bought my first adult bike yesterday (learned a lot here already!) with the intention of riding with my kids which leads me to my first question.
The short version:
Can you change the gear ratio of a cheap kids bike? The bike in question is this one Robot Check . It's a 16" schwin from a big box store.
The long version:
My daughter is 5. Last year, my father in law bought my daughter this bike without our input. Nice of him but far from ideal for her. She was 4 then and it was too big for her. She could get by a bit since it has training wheels. In general though she stuck to her tricycle. Earlier this year at my sister's house she picked up my nephew's 12" bike and started riding two wheels that afternoon! They let us take it home with us. I was excited but also felt bad that I didn't do this sooner. A few month's have passed and she rides to the park and back and has a lot of control. I'd like to get her on the 16" bike my father in law bought but it's too hard for her to get started moving. I can tell the gear ratio is totally different than the 12" bike and if the chainring was smaller she wouldn't have a problem. Can I just find a part and swap it? Or more importantly, should I? I don't know if I'm asking for trouble trying to do this if parts even exist. I'm trying to work with that bike because her Grampa gave it to her and she likes it. Of course if she can't ride it (she doesn't like it with the training wheels now that she can really ride) it's useless. You might be wondering why I don't just keep her on the 12" bike. Well, my 3 year old son likes to ride it now when I pop on the training wheels. Either I gotta get the 16" bike to work or give up the sentimental value of it and buy her a new bike that fits her.
Thanks for any help