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Old 09-02-09, 05:49 AM   #1
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Another new bike for daughter (family/recreation)

My dauighter (2y7m) has a Specialized HotWalk (no pedals, teaches balance) and she can ride it on a slight downhill (what the bike was designed for) and lift her feet off the ground for abot 2-3 seconds at a time and maintain balance.

The thing is, with summer nearly leaving us, I want her to gain a little bit of freedom and get her a bike with pedals. I know she's not ready to ride a pedal'd bike without stabalizers, bt if I add stabalizers, I afraid she might unlearn the balancing skills she's already picked up.

So should I buy another bike with pedals and stabalizers for the remainder of summer, or let her continue on the "learn-to-balance" bike with no pedals? Cycling is all about enjoyment right? So I'm thinking of just getting her the bike...

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Old 09-02-09, 08:42 AM   #2
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I think it is really up to you. If you think a training wheel bike will be used then go for it. I don't see how a training wheel bike would give more freedom than a balance bike. I don't think you would have to worry about unlearning but more about delay in learning. Kids don't unlearn how to walk by sitting for longer periods .

One reason to wait getting a pedal bike is that with summer leaving, a bike this year might not be the bike you or she will want next year when she is a little older, taller, etc.
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Keep with the walker bike until she can go longer than 2-3 seconds, preferably until she can also steer in gentle curves while doing so.

We've taught kids as young as 3 to ride using our set of walker bikes. My own feeling (and you know your daughter better than I do) is that you should wait until she gets a little frustrated at reaching the maximum level possible and then switch to a 12" wheel "sidewalk" bike without stabilisers, since she won't really need them.

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