Posts in the category Kids’ Bikes

A Tricycle That Leans Into Turns, Dreisch Teaches Your Kid The Feel Of Riding

Dreisch Leaning Trike

The reason balance bikes work so well compared to training wheels is they let toddlers lean into the turns, replicating what’ll happen on a regular bike and teaching them to stay upright and corner properly. While it’s rare to get a tricycle going fast enough to flip, Brothers Rich and Steve Thrush thought a trike that would teach children how it actually feels to ride a bicycle was a good idea. Apparently others agreed and the Kickstarter project met its funding goal and they now have their own company called Dreisch Leaning Tricycles.

The Dreisch is more than just a tricycle with a hinge on the back, it actually has a linkage arm that moves across the frame, and specifically turns the front fork in the correct amount of the lean, and keeps the trike from leaning to one side when going straight. This link also limits the lean angle of the trike to prevent mishaps. See what else it can do after the jump…

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IB14: EcoFriendly Wishbone 3-in-1 Kids Bike Grows as They Do

Wishbone 3-in-1 Kids bike (5)

The Wishbone 3-in-1 Trike/Bike is designed to grow with your child. Included in the box is three wheels and two different axles, which allow it to be setup as either a trike or a bike.

These all black frames are made from recycled residential carpet. The materials are collected in the United States, then the nylon is extracted and glass fiber is added for strength. It is then turned into resin pellets and glass injected in a mold. The frame are hollow for light weight, strong, and can be left out in the rain without worrying about rusting.

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IB14: Culprit Ultregra Di2 Youth Road Bike Means You’ll Be Borrowing Parts from Junior

Culprit Junior One youth road bike with Ultegra Di2

Culprit’s Interbike collection had several of the same adult frames, just with higher end builds moving things to the upper level of componentry. They’ll also start seeing some updated frame features soon, and we’ve got a sneak peek at those at the bottom.

The big news comes on the youth front. Originally, they offered two different kid’s frames, each in two sizes and all using 7005 alloy. The S1/S2 were the base level frames with external routing and fewer features. The Junior 1 and 2 upgraded to a carbon fork with chromoly steerer and an aero seat tube. For 2015, the models will all share the same frame, differentiated only by spec. By using a new frame manufacturer, they were able to reshape the tubes and drop weight. It keeps the rear brake’s internal routing, but loses the aero seat tube in favor of a round one. All told, the frames are about 120g lighter than before!

The real head turner, though, is the addition of an Ultegra Di2 build for under $2,300…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes want to expand Marin’s bike trail network and increase access to singletrack trails. Support their efforts by buying a raffle ticket, and you could win a 2015 Marin Mt. Vision. 100% of the money raised goes towards trail building efforts.
  • Culprit Bicycles will be at the Tri Rock SD expo this weekend in San Diego, they will be offering their demo fleet at a 25% discount. If you can’t make the expo, more info here on how to buy.
  • The Little Big ride style event is coming up on September 27-28 in Truckee, CA. Ride clinics are on Saturday, with competitions held on Sunday – this is a great event for women and girls aged 11-0n to learn bike handling skills and then practice them in competition. Event poster with more information after the break.
  • The 2014 Recumbent Cycle-ConN is October 10-12 in the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where RANS will be unveiling their prototype fat tire Crank Forward bicycle.
  • The Cycling House has added winter training camps in Solvang, CA, in addition to camps in Tucson, AZ. Six day clamps include 45-80 miles of guided riding per day, chef-prepared meals, and accommodation.
  • CST is now accepting applications from riders, drivers, teams and event coordinators at both the grassroots and professional level for their first sponsorship program. Applications may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, online only.

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First Look: Norco Launches New Fat Bikes, Kids Models, and Updates Mountain and Road Line

Norco 2015 Vengeance Endurance Road Bike

For 2015, Norco has quietly launched several new bikes. While they’re most well known for their mountain bikes, they’re also well respected on the road front, and have been making inroads in the fat bike market. We stopped by their booth at Crankworx to get a closer look at the new product line.

Up first is their Endurance road bike, the Valance. Designed to be a comfortable for all day efforts and the occasional race, it has several neat features. READ MORE ->

Get Your Kid Some Sick Kick Bikes From Muna and Yuba (UPDATED)

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Yuba Flip Flop Kids’ Cargo Balance Bikes

As cycling innovations go, the kick/scoot/balance bike will probably have the biggest impact when it comes to getting more people to ride. Embraced in Europe for generations, the concept is pretty simple: yank off the pedals and lose the brakes, so kids can figure out how to balance and steer at a much younger age. As a former elementary school teacher and bike shop employee, I saw my child development and cognition classes acted out when enthusiastic parents saw their dreams of family rides get washed away in a flood of tears as their toddler quickly grew frustrated on a 12 inch bike with training wheels. Balancing, steering, pedaling, AND braking – especially with coaster brakes – quickly overwhelms a small child.

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Ridley Adds 26″ Youth Road, Cyclocross Race Bikes…for Europe

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So, maybe our domestic ‘cross scene hasn’t quite Belgained the f&*k up enough yet, ’cause Ridley’s keeping their 26″ wheeled youth cyclocross bikes over on the European scene for 2015. It’s joined by a road going version, too, though they share the same frame and most of the spec.

Built on a 6061-T6 sloping alloy frame with Tektro mini V-brakes, both models sport a Shimano Claris 2×8 drivetrain with 155mm cranks and 46/34 rings turning a 13/26 cassette. The alloy cockpit has a shallow reach 380mm wide handlebar and 27.2 post. Wheels are built with Alex 19 double wall rims and wrapped in Schwalbe CX Pro 26×1.35 tires.

The only difference on the road bike is the switch to Kenda RoadRace 26″ x 23c rubber, which means you could really buy either one and an extra set of tires to double it’s uses. Pic below…

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KidFit Activity Tracker Wants to End Childhood Obesity

Kid fitness trackerWith activity trackers and health apps all the range, it was only a matter of time before the technology was bundled in a kid friendly package and marketed to concerned parents.

The new KidFit tracker is designed to help encourage sedentary children to make activities a game, and help create a positive behavioral change.

Setup is as easy as pressing a button and downloading the accompanying app. The “slap band” style wristband is water resistant and lasts up to seven days on a single charge. Rather than counting steps, the device has goals such as getting enough sleep, and staying active. In addition to the predetermined challenged, parents can also set up goals, and are encouraged to go over the activity metrics each day with their children.

The KidFit will be available on August 15th in black, aqua, hot pink, yellow and red for $49.99. They’re taking pre-orders now, and the first 1,000 orders get a $10 discount. Learn more at KidFit.us

Five Inches of Travel For Junior? Canfield’s Prototype KDH Bike Makes It Happen

Five Inches of Travel For Junior? Canfield's Prototype KDH Bike Makes It Happen

There are kids’ bikes and then there are kids’ bikes. Canfield Brothers‘ latest creation would certainly qualify for that second category with an impressive 5″ of travel squeezed into a frame that looks like it is rolling 20″ wheels. Other companies like Lil’ Shredder offer seriously capable kids’ full suspension bikes with up to 5″ of travel, but if the Canfield does have 20″ wheels, it would be one of the first.

Called the KDH, as in Kids’ Down Hill, the bike is currently a prototype that Canfield was showing off at the Duthie hill Demo recently in Issaquah, Washington. Set up as a single speed, the KDH likely has a concentric BB pivot to prevent chain growth. One thing’s for sure, when the KDH hits production, some super lucky kids will have the raddest kids’ bike in the neighborhood.