- Balance Bike Query
I would have thought you’d have to be tragically incompetent not to be able to do it yourself.
Wot he said. It’s just a pretty normal V-brake. If you know which end of a spanner and allen key to use then you wouldn’t have much trouble removing it.
No idea why you’d ever want to though?!?Posted 3 years agotomlevellMember
Remove grip and undo lever bolt.
Remove 2 bolts from brakes and it’s off.
The studs could be removed but I left them in.
Probably got 18months use before she wanted a brake.
The second one wanted the brake sooner as she had one. Only really using the brake properly at 3+
He can pedal a bike but it’s normally just to demonstrate to someone he can then it’s back on the balance bike as it’s faster and easier to control.
Realistically he’ll be 4 when he uses the pedal bike more than the balance bike after winter.Posted 3 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Taking the brakes off would leave 2 pegs sticking out of the frame also.
True, though on a Isla Rothan (and on that very similar looking Frog Tadpole) the brakes are mounted below the frame so they’d be out the way at least.
No idea why you’d want to remove them though.Posted 3 years agotraildogMember
How many people do you know that cannot use brakes? If the balance bike has or hasn’t got brakes, I don’t think it will make much difference to how well they will learn to use them when they step up to a bigger bike.
As I said before, I think you can over think these things. Kids will learn at their own pace anyway. You just need to give them a supporting environment to give them the confidence to try new things. Will a brake improve a 2-4 year old’s confidence and make him want to ride it more? Or does it make very little difference at all.
To be honest, the most positive modification I made to the bike from my kids point of view was to put a bell on it.Posted 3 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
My boys had a Rothan with a brake.
Judging by the daft speed they used to get up to on some downhills (feet on the top tube 😯 )and how fast they go on their Cnocs now I’m bloody glad they learnt how to use a brake properly before they got on pedal bikes.
Also note the use of the word properly with regard to brake use…Posted 3 years ago
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