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Old 04-24-14, 05:27 PM
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Remote Control Brake (for Parents teaching Kids)

What will they think of next?

Remote-controlled MiniBrake aims to boost safety for biking novices

This device would be used only in conjunction with Training Wheels, I presume?
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Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
This device would be used only in conjunction with Training Wheels, I presume?
I would hope so, but there was no indications of such in the pictures or article.

Stopping the bicycle in less than 2 feet does not sound very safe either.
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Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
I would hope so, but there was no indications of such in the pictures or article.

Stopping the bicycle in less than 2 feet does not sound very safe either.
Interesting idea, but I believe the applications for these device is limited. If you're really worried about a runaway toddler, then keep your bike practice sessions to a more enclosed area. There are cheaper safety options than a remote-controlled brake.
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This sounds like the cure all for stupid, lazy helicopter parents. Let technology do it all for you. No need to actually run next to your kid to teach him to ride a bike. You can text with impunity knowing your child will be "safe." Probably the same parent would get an electronic choke chain for thier dog, so its stays within a perimeter or its gets zapped. No need to train your dog the old fashioned way, let technology do it for you.
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A word about "Modulation"… If this divide doesn't include ABS , Anti-Lock Braking , it could be dangerous.

There is no way a parent at a distance could feel the deceleration, and the wheel could lock-up.

I think the manufacturer had better include an ABS system to modulate the brake correctly.
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The device is on the rear wheel, making lock-up relatively harmless. Still seem unnecessary and silly to me though.

Edit - Stopping as fast as claimed does seem like a poor idea though, thinking of a sudden unplanned stoppage pitching a poor little tyke face first forwards, maybe the packaging should include a helmet with a faceguard.

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This smacks of an often-seen aberration in our modern society: That you can solve a problem by just throwing more money at it.

Besides bicycling I shoot in NRA Service Rifle competition, shooting an AR15 rifle. Under the rules of the game we have to use the original style iron sights - no scopes. But by using proper technique and lots of practice we are able to hit our target out to a maximum of 600 yards. But if you go to the recreational range you will see a guy with a similar rifle that couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he was standing inside of it. Invariably his response is that he must need a better scope.

There's an old saying: "It ain't the arrow, it's the indian."

How many of us on this forum will spend gobs of money on a more-expensive doodad for their bike just because it weighs 0.00039 grams less than the cheaper but just as servicable version - all because they are convinced that it will make us faster.

I'm convinced that the national sport in this country isn't baseball. It's spending money.
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A handle up behind the wee bike , has been done , Parent, following right behind , holding the handle

then the pedal less bike is a next step .. dragging your feet brake.

With Asia willing to make anything the West is willing to pay for, a lot of things get made
that raising your own bank-loan money and building your own manufacturing facility would be more difficult .. ..

in the Pre Kickstarter crowd funded by clicking a pay Pal Button on their cell phone world .
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