Over at CommuteByBike.com I posted an article this morning about the various ways to carry your smaller child on a bike. It is a good article to read for the basics of child bike seats, trailers and the Xtracycle. Many commentors have added their own ways of carrying children which I hope to touch on soon.
How do you ride with your smaller children? Do you commute with them to places like school or the library, by bike?
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Over at Velorution they talked about a program that rents the small push/glide bikes by the week.
This triggered many thoughts in my head as I love the push bikes instead of training wheels. It allows a child to learn relying on themselves only, and not training wheels. The learning curve is gentle and quickly conquered. My shop sells the Strider running bike, light weight and under $100.
The biggest concern I’ve had with these Striders are once the child learns to ride it, they are ready for the next bike with pedals. The purchase is very short lived if the child progresses quickly. Unless the parent has another smaller child, or perhaps a friend they could pass it on to. Yes, these little things hold their value and could sell on Craigslist quickly, but why bother?
Now, what about a rental program to allow the child to try it? A week for $20 seems fair to me.
Parents : What are your thoughts?