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#282695 - 12/16/09 05:16 PM Gyrowheel kids bike trainer.
pmbuko Offline
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This is a genius invention. For $100, I think the frustration it will save kids learning how to ride a bike is worth it.

http://www.thegyrobike.com/

There's also a longer info video on it here (skip to 7 minutes):

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-p...2009#clip244776
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#282697 - 12/16/09 05:30 PM Re: Gyrowheel kids bike trainer. [Re: pmbuko]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Cool idea, saw vids from Interbike on that.

I've been a convert of the wooden walking bike, the one with no pedals. It was originally the Like a bike and the imitated all over the place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNf-seURC7U

Both my kids learned on that bike and NEVER had to rely on training wheels. Training wheels are a very bad concept because it doesn't focus on balance. After my daughter rode this for about a year, we put her on the 10" diameter wheeled bike w/ no training wheels. After about 10 yards, she was able to pedal and ride w/ no help. She was barely 5 yrs old at the time. Then my son took over the bike when he was about 2.5. He was able to ride a 2 wheeler at the age of 3.5. He's 4.5 now and has ridden that 10" two wheeler around our neighborhood, including 6.5 mile family ride last week.

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#282698 - 12/16/09 05:31 PM Re: Gyrowheel kids bike trainer. [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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And who would've thought that the wheel could be improved upon?

http://gizmodo.com/5427252/mit-ushers-in...l+%28Gizmodo%29

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#282699 - 12/16/09 05:45 PM Re: Gyrowheel kids bike trainer. [Re: pmbuko]
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Remember the good ole days when eating %#@! was a requirement in learning how to ride?
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#282729 - 12/17/09 12:27 AM Re: Gyrowheel kids bike trainer. [Re: richeydog]
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Yeah, generally the pain of falling on the sidewalk sped along the learning process for me.
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#282748 - 12/17/09 09:24 AM Re: Gyrowheel kids bike trainer. [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Ahh, the old annual "jump your broken bike off the wharf" event. Almost always good for at least one hilarious injury or two.
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