- Wheel Kids Bicycle Club is preparing for another exciting summer of bicycling along the San Francisco waterfront and weekly field trips to great destinationsMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2011View SourceWheel Kids Bicycle Club is preparing for another exciting summer of bicycling along the San Francisco waterfront and weekly field trips to great destinations outside of the City. Wheel Kids focuses on elementary school-aged kids, and has a "learn to ride" program for K-2 kids. The latest newsletter is copied below, or can be found at the following link if the copied version doesn't come through in your email:
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In this issue...
Kids Bikes Suggestions
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Filling Up Fast!
Many families have taken advantage of Wheel Kids' early registration discount. Weeks 1 through 3 are full, with the other June weeks nearing capacity. There's plenty of space, though, in July and August still. Two Wheelers Club is near full for Weeks 1 and 4.
Once the early registration period is over, registration discounts remain available for siblings and multi-week registration. The website and registration forms have all the details.
It's Almost Time for Camp!
The days are lengthening, the rainy season may be passing, and there's a buzz in the air. It could be bees busy with early spring flowers. It could be the whir of freewheels as cycling clubs begin their training rides. But most likely, it's people talking about summer camp - and as far as we can see, a lot of that talk is about Wheel Kids! There's been a lot of interest and early registrations so far this year. But there's plenty of room still available. Come see what people are talking about.
What Bike is Best for my Kid...?It's a question we're frequently asked. And with so many choices in bikes and equipment it's easy to be confused. For most kids under ten, and especially those who've just learned to ride, here's our advice:
First, don't fall for the gimmicks (also known as "gear envy"). Most manufacturers are finding greater profit in bikes that are equipped far beyond the needs of young riders, with multiple gears and shocks being the most unnecessary features. So keep it simple: avoid bikes with gears and shocks and anything other than a cool paint job that seems to be there to make the bike look cool. Bikes are cool on their own without unnecessary paraphernalia hanging off of them. Superfluous gear impedes young riders: they get fixated on what gear they're in (which usually is the wrong one...!) and lose sight of the fundamentals of riding. Heavier bikes impede learning good bike handling skills. Look for a single speed bike, preferably with a coaster brake and, maybe, one hand break. Most kids in elementary school need a 20" size bike (that means the wheels are 20" diameter), but that depends on your kid's height. Chances are, they won't need anything bigger for quite a while.
Second, find a reputable bike shop you're comfortable with. If they make you feel stupid because you're not a bike geek, find another shop. If they make you feel like you and bicycling were made for one another, give them your credit card and thank them very much. Ask as many questions as you need to know what you're doing. You may choose to buy a used bike off a friend or Craigslist, but you'll return to that shop many times for tune ups, gear, energy bars, spandex products and just to hang out.
Third, be careful of department store or discount store bikes. The frame may be fine, but the equipment may not be - and you may spend more on replacement parts and repairs than you saved in the first place. If you do buy from these stores, take the bike right away to your new favorite bike store where trained mechanics can give it a thorough inspection.
Finally, with the money you save getting your kid a simple but super effective bike that'll last years, you can buy yourself that cool new Colnago. It's a win-win! Cool, huh?
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