sandwicheater and others - can I ask what age you started your kids in weerides and child seats? My boy is 10 months and I'm not sure if that's too young to get started. Also would appreciate recommendations for who does the best helmets for under 1 yr olds.
Best ride ever! (Child seat content)
Was soon after his first birthday for ours. I'd probably have taken him out earlier but mrs blobby wouldn't let me. Got an abus helmet here. Didn't really research it but it's got crocodiles on it so it must be good!
In typical 'over enthusiastic cyclist dad' style I got Hatter Jnr his runner bike long before his legs were long enough.
Just this weekend however he finally got on it and could touch the ground, now he can't get enough! Just had a text from the wife saying that he was on it for an hour this morning whilst I was at work.
I know you can't choose what your kids get into but it's looking good so far.
First bike seat excursions were around 10 months for my nipper as well. Helmet from On One for a tenner, the only one we could find that was small enough for his head. And yes, he has had a balance bike since well before that pic above and he can't even really use it yet...
Edit - hatter, is that a Righty fork?!
timmys, I was chomping at the bit from about 10 months but my
cautiouswife insisted we leave it until he was one.
To be fair, he's a solid unit so he would have been fine from 10 months.
We got a Giro Me2 helmet as it had planes on(£15 at CRC) as he's got a small bonce and all the rest were too big.
Those key development stages in full
Started in a seat tube mounted bike seat at about six months.
(EDIT: Actually I started with a Baby Bjorn on the front and rode to nursery at three months)
Kiddyback tandem at 3.5 yrs/six months with crank shorteners, extra small saddle, adjustable bars and Rhode Gear Limo (no seatpost, see)
London to Oxford at 6 yrs on tandem.
Burley Piccolo plus Kiddyback Triplet at 7/4 yrs (Now THAT was hard work!)
Separate bike for longer road rides with tandem at same age.
KMX recumbent at 7 yrs
Variety of MTB and Road bikes that ever expands.
Kids get bored easily - always have a good reason to ride. At first it was out to see the cows in the farm once Teen1 woke up (Usually at about 5 am). Trips to ice cream, journeys to nursery/shops. For them cycling is often a means to something else.
Oh, and kids need one CHOCOLATE BOURBON every three miles. It's the rules! These are my top tip and give a nice taste without the mess. I used to keep them in a saddlepack for the stoker (who also had the bike computer, bell, horn and all signalling duties)
TiRed, don't you mean dad's need a choc Bourbon and the kids can have one while your at it.
Here's chimp getting in on the pre-Olympic vibe atop Boxhill
On his HotWalk last summer (coming up for 3 yrs)
Psyching himself up for a sick drop (which BTW I didn't let him do even though he wanted to)
spacemonkey - I believe you about not letting him do it, but it doesn't look like there's any other way up there without you lifting him up!
He was adamant about attempting it so yes, I did lift him up. He stood there for a few seconds so I asked him to remain still while I took a pio. If he had been on tip toe I wouldn't have done it.
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