True confession time: As a kid, learning to ride a bike was the worst. I eventually got it, but a tendency towards being a bit timid and afraid of hurting myself combined with the fact that my bike was thirty years old and poorly maintained made learning a miserable experience. Fortunately, kids today have the Jyrobike.
Hop On, Roll Out
The name of the product probably gave away the central gimmick of Jyrobike, but for those unfamiliar, this is a bike with a stabilization system. When a child (or an adult willing to ride a child’s bike) hops onto the seat and starts pedaling, the system kicks in. If you’re about to wobble into an accident, the bike’s stabilization system corrects it and you can keep rolling. It doesn’t do all the work, but it does let kids get going instead of just feebly pushing at a pedal before falling over. Which, while funny, does not teach them how to ride.
You might wonder, of course, how you’re going to wean your kid off stabilization systems once he or she has had the experience of not getting road rash. The answer is that you can tune the stabilization systems so that, as they build confidence and are better cyclists, it does less and less of the work until suddenly, they’re pedaling around in style. Just be sure to teach them to share the road and to not run stop signs.
Best of all, you don’t need to buy a whole new bike; you can just get a front wheel replacement that gives the bike you already have for your kids the stability they need. And it’s a lot better than training wheels for keeping them standing up on the bike. Getting what you need costs just $129 on their currently running Kickstarter.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.