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My 3-year old son rides a fixed gear.

Old 07-13-07, 06:50 AM
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My 3-year old son rides a fixed gear.

I purchased this bike for 3 year old son on last Black Thursday for $30. I was unaware at the time it was a fixie. As I assembled it, I noticed the “No Brakes” decal. I thought this could either be a bad idea or a good one, no in-between. Anyway, we rolled with it.
Within one week of riding it, my son can skid, and ride backwards. I still haven’t mastered these skills. Now after a couple of weeks, he rides with no hands and controls his speed downhill really well.
Okay it’s a Huffy, however it was only $30 and is a fixed gear. The only other highlight is the foam (no flat) tires. The only modification is a “Bad Car” bell. My son hates cars as much as I.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:52 AM
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videos or youre lying
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Old 07-13-07, 07:17 AM
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seriously...uhm, TTIWWUPTYSCDTJ.
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TTIWWUPTYSCDT <==<< is that an acronym? jeez
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I agree
Lets see some videos...
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Hey, it's ok to be skeptical but to say someone is "lying" is disrespectful. Why can't we all just give people the benefit of the doubt? Why would someone lie about something his kid can do?

Wow! Dude, that's cool. get some video so we can all enjoy!

And what on earth is TTIWWUPTYSCDTJ?
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Old 07-13-07, 08:46 AM
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Get him to track stand!
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Old 07-13-07, 08:49 AM
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Hurry up! This is the best thing to happen to bike forums.... ever.
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This is one of those where the cranks are attached to the front wheel? Kinda like a unicycle?

Or is it actually chain-drive... I think I had both versions when I was young. Is he riding backwards with training wheels? And if it's front wheel drive I doubt he could skid.

Kids can pick stuff up amazingly fast, but please: videos.
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Sounds like your kid is doing a lot better than I on my new (first) fixed gear. I did manage to skid a little the other day...although it was unintended, I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad

Also TTIWWOP usually stands for This Thread is Worthless Without Pictures...don't know what the hell UPTYSCDTJ is.
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is it a fixed-gear tricycle?
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Originally Posted by Falkon
TTIWWUPTYSCDT <==<< is that an acronym? jeez
This Thread Is Worthless Without Undeniable Proof That Your Son Can Do This.
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Originally Posted by hockeyteeth
This Thread Is Worthless Without Undeniable Proof That Your Son Can Do This.

Wow, just wow.


Also, this is completely awesome. Can you get pics of the bike from a site this just sounds so awesome
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Originally Posted by exfreewheeler
Hey, it's ok to be skeptical but to say someone is "lying" is disrespectful.


oh pish, get over it.
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Old 07-13-07, 10:46 AM
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He's probably not lying. I learned to ride on a two wheel fixed. It was a bo-bo knight rider bike-- black frame, gold anodized handlebars and (one piece) crank, and david hasselhoff graphics everywhere. i definitely remember skidding...
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Originally Posted by sp00ki
He's probably not lying. I learned to ride on a two wheel fixed. It was a bo-bo knight rider bike-- black frame, gold anodized handlebars and (one piece) crank, and david hasselhoff graphics everywhere. i definitely remember skidding...
you can skid with a coaster.
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I bought a fixed gear (12 or 14inch) Huffy two wheeled bike with training wheels on it for my nephew who just turned three. He can ride forwards and backwards on it. So I don't have a bit of doubt about about this thread.

I think it is fascinating watching kids learn these things. Since they have no preconceived ideas about cycling (and almost everything else in life!) so they just go for it, and problems solve. With little *****ing, and have a great time while doing it. Unlike so many adults that you may encounter.
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did you learn him to keep his fingers out of the bite?
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Originally Posted by dutret
you can skid with a coaster.
Try to stay on topic, big guy.
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from the OPs blog
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I'm guessing it's a Huffy Scram. 12" fixed gear with training wheels.

The important question is: clips or clipless?
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True

No lying here. Yes it involves training wheels. No it isn't a coaster brake. He can pedal backwards for 5-10 feet and does so when he bumps into a corner or something. I can't even skid nor pedal backwards.
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Old 07-13-07, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by macsaorsa
I'm guessing it's a Huffy Scram. 12" fixed gear with training wheels.

The important question is: clips or clipless?

Yes, it is a Huffy Scram, and yes it involves training wheels. I plan on posting a video this weekend.
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My 3 year old has a similar bike but with a coaster brake. I'm sure that you could ride backwards with training wheels and if you were running the same ridiculously low gear ratio with a 12" wheel (somthing like a cadence of 100 at 6mph) you could very easily lock up the rear wheel.
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Originally Posted by mmonce
Yes, it is a Huffy Scram, and yes it involves training wheels. I plan on posting a video this weekend.
Thanks, I'd like to see that. Not being sarcastic at all, little kids doing tricks are awesome. I didn't doubt he could do it - my son is about to turn two and he's already a fair hand at riding (freewheel, coaster brake, training wheels). I can imagine what he'll be capable of in a year. I might see if I can find one of those Huffys to hold onto for next Festivus, i figure it's never too early for his first fixed gear.
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