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Old 03-08-11, 03:30 PM
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earliest age to try a 'bent?

Say I have kid willing to try to learn to ride a recumbent, what is the mostly likely age and recumbent bicycle combination to begin with?
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Old 03-08-11, 10:43 PM
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My son wanted a recumbent (like Dad's) since he was 5. At 8 he started riding my wife's Rans Stratus. At 9 I found a used Rans Tailwind for him. At 11, we bought him a Rans Stratus XP (size small) to ride across the US from Boston to Seattle with us. He loved it and rode the whole way!


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usually around 40
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usually around 40
I must be ahead of the curve then - just bought my first trike at 28.
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@erik - thats wonderful! Maybe when my son gets big enough, I can hand-me-down my Tailwind and pony up for an upgrade myself :-)

@dan - I got my 'bent at 37, but I already have a gray beard, so I must be old enuf ;-)
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Pat Franz of Terracycle built a kid-size 'bent: https://www.terracycle.com/lbike.htm

More here: https://mnhpva.org/Mini_Bents/Mini.html
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Time and time again, I get excited raves from kids when I ride past on my Gold Rush. Most of them think it's totally cool. The only real issue with starting a kid on a bent is that some types work better than others for shorter folks. As kid sized person myself (5'3", 105#) I have to keep my feet on tiptoe while stopped when riding most short-wheelbase bents with 20" front wheels; some models come with 16" front wheels, which eases that issue. Long wheelbase bikes tend to have lower seat heights and often work really well for shorter people. They also tend to have low bottom bracket heights, and can be ridden using toe clips or even grippy BMX pedals. This means that kids can make the transition to clipless at a later time.

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