Sette Budini wrote:We might need to whip the cranks etc off the brand new Santa delivered bike (ByK 350 team) as it's pretty long compared to the runbike (Adventure Zooom) or a "small toy pedal bike" and the Budinetto is pretty freaked out by the stretch and the steering, let alone the idea of pedalling and balancing. We had a bit of a go with the training wheels on just to try some pedalling practice but I think it's the different handling that'll take the most time to get used to...
I just took the pedals off Ms 4's new xmas bike.
First ride was with the pedals (because it's a pedal bike and pedals are very exciting) and Dad (me) holding her up... and working quite hard to do so.
Then a few hours runbiking it with the pedals off and the cranks still on. She didn't seem to have a big problem with the cranks getting in the way.
Then the pedals back on and Dad barely touching her. Then Dad not touching her, and she's off and riding.
(Then her noticing that Dad isn't touching her, and crashing on principle).
She's been pedalling her trail-a-bike for the last few months, and her pedalling action has improved rapidly with that (although she has no power whatsoever, and is just as happy to pedal backwards as forwards).
I had the saddle right down for her to runbike, but put it up about 2 inches to give her a bit better ergonomics to pedal... especially considering I'm right there to catch her. It's a tiny little 12"er, which is the right size for her - she'll probably be grown out of it before she can really ride it, but that's fine... it's a $35 Aldi special, so not a big expense . She still has to flex her knee a lot at the top of her pedal stroke (despite the tiny short cranks), and doesn't have to lean very far to get a foot down... it's just a bit better for pedalling than with the saddle slammed.
She has the leg strength to pedal (and balance-steer) down gentle slopes, but the slightest uphill has her stopped. I didn't realise my parents' driveway had a slope to it at all, until she was able to ride one way but not the other.
We're doing it as a session thing; she still has her runbike for general play riding, but pedal bike riding is something we do
specifically. Mainly because it requires a holder (who keeps forgetting to hold on
 my time prepping it was worth much more than the bike itself. I have no idea how they can build a bike for that price... but the price clearly doesn't include lubing and adjusting the bearings. They were all horrible. Took a few hours to grease-pack and adjust both hubs, headset, BB...