Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-07-09, 08:55 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 64
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Has Anybody Converted Their Kids to Bents???

So my son is fascinated by my HPV Streetmachine. When I am not riding it, I am riding a tandem with my other words....we ride a lot.

I see there are small framed two wheel and three wheel bents on the market.

Has anyone dragged their kids into this wacky and wonderful mode of transportation?
scouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-09, 11:12 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My son turned 12 last May. He started out years ago with the typical little kid's bike. Everything went well until we took the training wheels off. He fell twice that day (he was 6) and refused to ever get on the bike again. Consequently, last year I bought him a KMX for his birthday. My husband was dead set against it: "too expensive", "he won't like it", "other kids will make fun of him", "he'll never learn to ride a real bike". In spite of the negativity, I bought it anyway. He LOVES it. Now, he rides frequently with me (I bought my trike so I could ride more easily with him), and we can all finally ride together as a family, without someone staying home. It WAS expensive compared to Walmart, but worth every penny. All the neighborhood kids think its really cool (and he loves the attention he gets from both kids and adults). As far as riding a "real" bike, well, my husband could be right about that one but I don't really care. I plan on buying him a nicer trike as soon as I can afford one but, in the meantime, we'll just keep riding and having fun. We have a regular 14 mile loop that we all enjoy and hope to expand upon this summer. My only regret is that I didn't find the KMX trike sooner.
altozwei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-09, 05:11 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 71
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My 12 year old came to bents this last year. She has been a natural on a bike since she was 6. At 9, I got her onto an extra small framed hybrid and by 10 she was doing 50 mile rides with us. On those rides she started complaining of her rear end getting a little sore. I let her try my bent and she took right to it. When she test rode a Rans Tailwind that a shop had left over, she took off without a wobble and really liked it. I wasn't able to afford a $1000 bike for her (we were getting her mom one actually) but I found an older used one for $350 and she rode it 40 miles a week later. It is now her main bike and she likes the attention she gets with it as well.
BKXray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-09, 01:49 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
Posts: 1,822
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Lent a 14 year old my 2003 WW 3.4 trike for a 25 mile ride this weekend while I rode my GS GTO. We plan to do a half century early in May. He had a great time and would really like to have it permanently. Fat chance! Seriously, if you make it fun enough they will take every chance to ride.
VegasTriker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-09, 06:16 PM   #5
Reclining Chaz
American going Dutch
Reclining Chaz's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Zuidhorn, The Netherlands
Bikes: Nazca Gaucho
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My kids love bents

I took my two sons (ages 9 & 11) to a bent event in The Netherlands. There were 8 or so different producers who put out loads of models, but only a few were adjusted small enough for kids. Everyone could just grab a bike and give it a test ride around the rollerblade track. I made them start out on the trikes to get the feel of lying back while riding. I then took them on a tandem bent with me. I was about to help them through the difficult challenge of getting used to a bent bike, when they just took off and left me in the dust. Sooooooo, no problem. The sales rep said kids usually just take off like that. It's the old farts like me that wobble a lot. Fine.
In September, my oldest son will have to start commuting to school (8 miles each way). He may want to get a bent to help him cut through the strong winds here. My younger son is more interested in dare-devil maneuvers. So, while he is proud of being able to master a bent right away, he will probably stay with a BMX for now. I think if we do get bents for the kids, we will look for second hand bikes to keep the costs down.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg robert2.jpg (83.2 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg jordi1.jpg (91.5 KB, 13 views)
Reclining Chaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-09, 09:55 AM   #6
Silly Party Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NH
Bikes: Rans Stratus XP
Posts: 345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My son wanted to ride a bent "like Dad's" starting around age 6. At 8 he was big enough to fit on my wife's Rans Stratus (shown below) and I found a used Rans Tailwind. At 10 I bought him a used Burley Koosah. He still rides his Trek Mtn. bike occasionally, but complains of the butt/etc. pain. For longer rides he always chooses his bent.

EriktheFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-09, 08:21 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Homebuilt bents
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My kids both have trikes, but they like to ride too many crazy places that a trike would just get pounded on, so when they are with their firneds, they use their upright bikes. When they get a little old and decide to stay on roads and trails more, I'll make them some two wheelers.

The trike my 7 yr old started riding:

The 9 year old's trike:
25hz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-09, 12:17 PM   #8
Captain - 2nd in Command
djsincla's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 6yo has a Hase Trets Trike which we use in trailer mode as well as tike mode.
djsincla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-09, 10:37 AM   #9
multimodal commuter
rhm's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
Posts: 17,410
Mentioned: 219 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 798 Post(s)
My son (12) and daughter (10) would love a recumbent bike, but not a trike. Any suggestions?
rhm is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:15 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.