Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Fixed Gear Bike with Training Wheels?

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Fixed Gear Bike with Training Wheels?

Old 09-24-08, 04:50 PM
  #1  
jhaber
Hip-star
Thread Starter
 
jhaber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 629
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fixed Gear Bike with Training Wheels?

Anyone got a photo of this? Was talking to girl who said she didn't know how to ride a bike. I told her I should put together a fixed gear bike with training wheels for her and had a good laugh. Then I thought more carefully about it and thought why wouldn't it work? Has anyone done it with a full sized bike and not a kids toy bike?
jhaber is offline  
Old 09-24-08, 04:54 PM
  #2  
kander
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Given that people crash on their first time riding fixed this doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
kander is offline  
Old 09-24-08, 05:02 PM
  #3  
Jcrew689
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xilo6U2jYg
Jcrew689 is offline  
Old 09-24-08, 05:11 PM
  #4  
NoneMoreBlack
Senior Member
 
NoneMoreBlack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 199
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Jcrew689 View Post
Awesome.
NoneMoreBlack is offline  
Old 09-24-08, 05:16 PM
  #5  
dobber
Perineal Pressurized
 
dobber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: In Ebritated
Posts: 6,555
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why not just teach her to ride instead of turning her into a hipster
__________________
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
dobber is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 03:51 PM
  #6  
lukewall
Senior Member
 
lukewall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: NYC
Posts: 448

Bikes: 2000 Raleigh M50. 2006 Raleigh Rush Hour. 2008 Cannondale Synapse 6.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kander View Post
Given that people crash on their first time riding fixed this doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
Are you serious? If someone is crashing a FG the first time they ride it, they've got problems way past being able to handle a bike you can't coast on. Namely, they either an idiot or a ****z.
lukewall is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 04:02 PM
  #7  
Aldone
Fissato Italiano
 
Aldone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Torino, Italy
Posts: 300

Bikes: Fixed Gear & Single Speed Only

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Jcrew689 View Post
Yeah, i fixed my son's bike so the he can pedal backward and can use the bike inside the house

he's 2 1/2 years old
Aldone is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 04:09 PM
  #8  
mihlbach
Senior Member
 
mihlbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 6,519
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Forget about training wheels...this is an adult not a kid. Remove the cranks, lower the seat until she can put her feet flat on the ground. Have her push herself around velocipede style until she figures out how to countersteer. Shouldn't take but a few hours to learn this. Then reinstall the cranks, raise saddle, etc.
mihlbach is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 04:13 PM
  #9  
tx_what_it_do
SWAAAAAAAAAAAT
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: alief houston texas
Posts: 336

Bikes: masi speciale fixed (urrringe), haro f1 (black), haro x2 (red)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
if she doesn't know how to ride a bike to begin with get her on like a bmx bike or something.
tx_what_it_do is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 04:15 PM
  #10  
IllSpecialist
iRide.
 
IllSpecialist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 218

Bikes: Gan Well Pro, Flite 100

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Aldone Jr in 20 yrs: ''I've being riding fixed since I was 2 1/2!''
IllSpecialist is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 04:35 PM
  #11  
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,013

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Forget about training wheels...this is an adult not a kid. Remove the cranks, lower the seat until she can put her feet flat on the ground. Have her push herself around velocipede style until she figures out how to countersteer. Shouldn't take but a few hours to learn this. Then reinstall the cranks, raise saddle, etc.
There is no better advise than this. Training wheels don't teach you how to ride a bike. This is how I will teach my daughter how to ride.
Cynikal is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 05:01 PM
  #12  
paulwwalters
beatz down lo|seatz up hi
 
paulwwalters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 1,062

Bikes: A 2007 Trek 4300. 22.5", 1981 Trek 610 24" (61cm)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
Forget about training wheels...this is an adult not a kid. Remove the cranks, lower the seat until she can put her feet flat on the ground. Have her push herself around velocipede style until she figures out how to countersteer. Shouldn't take but a few hours to learn this. Then reinstall the cranks, raise saddle, etc.
wait... what's countersteering? Do I know how to do this?
paulwwalters is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 06:05 PM
  #13  
G piny parnas
messenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: WLA
Posts: 599

Bikes: pinarellos and a colnago

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
attach some wheels to the chic--- train her to get your beer--- seriously, chics lie--- she's probably a better rider than you and can do reverse doughnuts--- oooooo did I say doughnuts?
G piny parnas is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 06:25 PM
  #14  
Supreme
wutDA kermIT?!
 
Supreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: DC Metro
Posts: 309
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dobber View Post
Why not just teach her to ride instead of turning her into a hipster
i had a good laugh.
Supreme is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 06:41 PM
  #15  
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,013

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
wait... what's countersteering? Do I know how to do this?
If you ride a bike you do.
Cynikal is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 06:47 PM
  #16  
brett jerk
zizeked
 
brett jerk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
wait... what's countersteering? Do I know how to do this?
countersteering is a fancy way of saying balancing (or at least in this case it is)
brett jerk is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 07:06 PM
  #17  
mihlbach
Senior Member
 
mihlbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 6,519
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
There is no better advise than this. Training wheels don't teach you how to ride a bike. This is how I will teach my daughter how to ride.
Thats what I thought I would do for my son (4 yrs.), but as soon as I removed the cranks, he refused to get on the bike. Finally, I relented and put the cranks back on and just started pushing him around in the parking lot, helping him balance. To my surprise, he had figured out how to countersteer in about 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes he was fully riding on his own. I was amazed. Hes easily the youngest kid on the block without training wheels.

Last edited by mihlbach; 09-26-08 at 04:56 AM.
mihlbach is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 09:12 PM
  #18  
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,013

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Awesome. My daughter is 20 months so I have a bit of time.
Cynikal is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 10:28 PM
  #19  
roastbeef
8 Full Hours of Sleep
 
roastbeef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hayward, CA
Posts: 640

Bikes: IRO Mark V, Yeti 575, Italvega Nuovo Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
it's always weird when i think about the fact that you have to learn how to ride a bike. it seems so natural now...
roastbeef is offline  
Old 09-25-08, 10:35 PM
  #20  
bigbris1
One skid from blown knees
 
bigbris1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York City
Posts: 910
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Both of my sons were riding by age 5. A scooter helps them get comfortable with balance. The bike let's them do it while sitting. Cake.
bigbris1 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
barry.cohen
Tandem Cycling
0
06-28-08 09:41 PM
bedian
Commuting
1
04-29-08 06:15 AM
linux_author
General Cycling Discussion
0
04-22-08 08:52 AM
langster 2008
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
2
08-30-07 10:31 PM
marqueemoon
Road Cycling
0
08-24-07 02:37 AM

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.