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    Riding with kids

    I'm prolly the oldest MFer on this board, so I've been handing down kids bikes and tips for riding with kids for about a dozen years. Start them young! I'm taking the *almost 10 and *almost 12 year old daughters to Angel Fire next month and I dug up some of their earlier bike pics.

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    Post PB ride swim in the lake

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    Their latest ride

    I might take a few photos of them shredding the gnar at AF.
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    What is the general opinion on tag along type bikes? My 5yo is decent on this pedal bike, but loses interest quickly. I was thinking that hitting easy trails and paths might keep him engaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlikesbikes View Post
    What is the general opinion on tag along type bikes? My 5yo is decent on this pedal bike, but loses interest quickly. I was thinking that hitting easy trails and paths might keep him engaged.
    I started them on the toptube-mounted WeeRide thing and it was awesome (when they were tiny). I rode some decent trails with them in it, but nothing dangerous. I had 2 tag alongs and that WAS the thing that kept their interest. We did a few LONG charity road rides with them and they really could just coast behind, but felt part of the process. I bet they did pedal enough, sometimes, to offset their drag/weight penalty. My kids loved the tag along. Once they had the muscle to ride longer rides, they loved the independence of their own bike.

    I've gotten some deals here on mojo on higher end kids bikes and passed those deals along to mojos. Quality equipment does stack the odds in your favor that they'll have a good time.

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    Man riding bikes with my daughter is so great. The trail a bike was a game changer. She absolutely LOVED it because to her it was basically a carnival ride I think, hah! We've done the trail a bike at Dana peak a few times and once at Palo Duro and Hobbs in Arkansas, on the easier single track trails. I'll never forget her saying "this is so awesome!" behind me on the trail a bike at Palo Duro when we started our ride. This past year she learned to ride on a 16" and we've been on a lot of adventures. Here's a short video from the day she learned https://photos.app.goo.gl/tEotnxhSAQraRqJ2A

    I'm keeping an eye out for a 20" bike for her if anyone has any leads it deals. Keep shedding with your kids!

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    Cute girls! I have two myself. My oldest is almost 4 and shes wanting a bike pretty bad or atleast thats what she says. Shes dominating her scooter but didnt have much interest in her Strider so I was having some doubts about her enthusiasm for a pedal bike. I looked at a tag-a-long type but wasn't sure about it; sounds like it is though


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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post

    I'm keeping an eye out for a 20" bike for her if anyone has any leads it deals. Keep shedding with your

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    I have a 20" pink hotrock in good condition if you are interested. I went to pick up one for my son and the owner threw in a second pink one for a good deal. I got it just in case for my daughter, but she is only 1 right now so I was probably jumping the gun a bit lol. Just taking up space in my garage so just let me know.

    Also I am looking for a seat to put my daughter on the top tube of my bike if anyone has one. Need something easy to take on and off since I wont have a dedicated tot bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csmceuen View Post
    I have a 20" pink hotrock in good condition if you are interested. I went to pick up one for my son and the owner threw in a second pink one for a good deal. I got it just in case for my daughter, but she is only 1 right now so I was probably jumping the gun a bit lol. Just taking up space in my garage so just let me know.

    Also I am looking for a seat to put my daughter on the top tube of my bike if anyone has one. Need something easy to take on and off since I wont have a dedicated tot bike.
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Size:  626.2 KBIs the brown/maroonish bike above a coaster brake? My daughter is about to outgrow her 16" and most of the 20" bikes I have seen are hand brake but I don't think she is quite ready for hand brakes yet.

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    Also, what are good pedals to put on a kids bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Browndog View Post
    Is the brown/maroonish bike above a coaster brake? My daughter is about to outgrow her 16" and most of the 20" bikes I have seen are hand brake but I don't think she is quite ready for hand brakes yet.
    Coaster brakes! Little hands didn't do well with hand brakes. I got that rig from a mojo that had built it up for his boy. It was a real confidence builder for the girls and left awesome skid marks on the driveway.

    My oldest has been on hand brakes for a while on her 24 and they'll both be on hand brakes at Angel Fire!!!!
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    pedals...

    Depends on the age and capability, but I like cheap plastic pedals without sharp pins. Not the best for grip, but with the kids inevitable shin strikes, it keeps the tears to a minimum.

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    My problem with coaster brake is my 5yo regularly just pedals enough backwards to engage them. He doesn't really understand what they do. That said, the hand brake on his strider is 110% for looks as there is no way he understands how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    Also, what are good pedals to put on a kids bike?

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    I found a good happy medium between the grip/pain scale is to buy a cheap pair of pedals meant for little feet and throw some heavy grit skateboard grip tape on them. Horrible in wet, but the kids are not usually riding at that point anyhow.
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    We got my daughter a Specialized Riprock. Slacker geo, disc brakes, and 20 x 2.8" tires. Her confidence (and thus, ability) increased 1000% immediately.
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    My boys are 4 & 6 now. I'm pretty much always shopping for their next bike. Started them on a strider, moved up to a 12" Spesh Hotrock through a mojo deal, then moved up to a 16" Redline MX-16. Now the 6 YO is shredding on a 20" Spesh Hotrock frame that I've built up with a 9sp drivetrain and spare parts. The 4 YO has been bumped up to the Redline and is very jealous of his older brothers gears.

    Handbrakes: The redline has been nice because it has both a coaster and rear calipers. So, it gives them a chance to learn and still have the coaster as a backup. Avid Speedial levers are great for little hands and gives a good leverage advantage, and they're cheap. They're also good when set up with mechanical discs, so you can upgrade them when the kid gets bigger.

    Pedals: stay with cheap plastic pedals, less shin damage and they're generally smaller to match their feet. BMX flats are huge on these little bikes and they'll just get in the way. I've put some alloy BMX pedals on the 20" now. They're grippier which he likes but they're heavier and still a bit too big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlikesbikes View Post
    My problem with coaster brake is my 5yo regularly just pedals enough backwards to engage them. He doesn't really understand what they do. That said, the hand brake on his strider is 110% for looks as there is no way he understands how to use it.

    Getting your son onto a tag-a-long will help fix his tendency to engage the coaster brake. My middle son was like that. I ended up duct taping his feet to the pedals on the tag-a-long so that all he could do was pedal fwd (without his feet coming off). It helped him considerably so that he could better pedal his single. My oldest and I would ride the tag-a-long quite a bit. I even took him to the R&I a few times way back in the day. I even attempted the log pile on Marks Art with him in tow....as we rounded the corner, he protested a little bit, I assured him it would be OK and to just 'hold-on', as we approached the pile he promptly bailed off the bike while in motion. Awesome stuff! At one point many many years ago we'd take out tandem, attach the trail-a-bike to it, and then attach the Burley trailer on to that. We could have all 4 of us on the same rig. It was quite the sight.

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    20" Hotrock as purchased. Previous owner had modded it for dirt jumping.
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    20" Hotrock as it's currently built not including the Vittoria Crown Gem knobby tire I just installed on the front for better grip on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    I ended up duct taping his feet to the pedals

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    HAHA!! Awesome. I could see my dad doing that. I'm surprised he didn't kill us. He used to put us on a snow shovel with a rope tied on the handle and pull us through the snow behind his dirt bike.

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