I have 2 goals for my elder adorable this summer:
1) Lose the floaties and really swim
2) Lose the training wheels and really bike.
To bone up on ideas for the latter, I’ve been deluged with REALLY good tried-and-true advice from parents.
So here we go….
Skip the Tricycle
The first bit of advice I heard repeatedly was to skip the tricycle and instead opt for a pedal-less scoot bike around age 2.
This is the Strider PreBike ($99 from Amazon) that indoctrinates the concept of balance early. The adorables just scoot around balancing with their feet. Then when they are older, you move them to a 2-wheel bike and they already have the balance thing mastered. Brilliant, eh?
Save Your Back:
Dear Reader Sarah emailed me with this a couple weeks ago as it proved VERY useful with her son.
This is the Kettler Pushbar 4 Position Pushbar ($25) you attach to the back of your adorable’s bike so you can balance them as they get the hang of things.
For a little more, you might want to try this E-ZBar ($37) that provides a little more control for you and a squeeze brake to really slow things down fast.
Embrace the LifeSaver:
Meet the Gyrobike: a wheel ($99) that you attach to your adorable’s existing bike. There’s actually a gyroscope inside this Gyrowheel. The internally powered gyroscope creates a force – the physics principle is called “gyroscopic precession.” It essentially helps simulate the stability of high speed riding at extremely low speeds.
Friends, I held one of these at Toy Fair and was in AWE – it would not tip. It is VERY cool and will certainly teach your adorables the concept of balance.
I know its a little hefty on price, but perhaps if you have a very large family or neighborhood who could all pitch in for the cost and pass it around. When you hold it and see all the science going on inside, you’ll understand the price tag. Maybe a neighborhood rental program??
Many thanks to the following people who weighed in: Sarah Donahue, Dr. Jim Taylor, Allison Mercer, Brian Badura, Jennifer Faulkner, Kara Thom, Lisa Warren, Jun-Nicole Matsushita, Vik Khanna, Julianne Applegate, Joe Wells, Richard Masoner, Chelsea Gladden and Kat Eden.