Description & Specs
- Convertible design is fantastic for helping children master the fundamentals of balance, handling and pedaling all on the same bike;
- In compliance with Standards: EN 14765, ASTM F963, CPSC-1512, 2005/84/EC and EN 71-1\2\3 Azo Dye;
- Sturdy steel or aluminum frame features a unique design and a convertible concept — it starts out as a balance bike, and with an easy process, the bike converts into a single-speed pedal bike;
- Removable pedal system includes a chain guard to protect young ones and their clothing;
- Turning limiters feature prevents the front wheel from making sharp turns and in the event of a fall prevents the handlebar from injuring a child’s face, neck or chest. It also prevents the break cable from becoming twisted;
- Braking is accomplished in balance mode by simply putting feet down and/or using the hand-operated front brake; in pedal mode, a coaster brake is employed by backpedalling. The coaster brake also allows the bicycle to move forward without requiring the pedals to turn;
- Handlebar, seat and frame (with its trial slot) can be adjusted to fit a rider as he or she grows, or can be used by children of different ages; seat adjusts from 40 to 53 cm (15.75 to 20.75 in.);
- Plush horse toy attaches to handlebar as a fun companion and doubles as light padding protection;
- Beefy pneumatic rubber tires inflate to 40psi, although they perform best between 20-25 psi making rough and bumpy paths comfortable for the rider;
- 12” wheels supported by 16 tangentially spaced spokes;
- Recommended for ages 21/2 to 5 years;
- Weight without pedal system is 12 lbs, and with is 15 lbs;
- Available in blue, pink, red and yellow;
- Maximum weight tolerance is 132 lbs;
Throughout history, children charmingly play at modeling adults behaviors such as horse riding. In the past, hobby horse have provided hours of joyful romping for young boys and girls too small to ride on real horses. Now, the riding experience provided by the hobby horse has been taken to a superior level with the Hobby-Bike. And, how best to represent the Hobby-Bike but by choosing a horse as mascot!
Learning to ride a bicycle is one of life’s milestones, the first step to gaining true independence. A child can learn how to ride a bicycle at any age, but the younger the better. The Hobby-Bike gives a child a huge boost in confidence as they develop critical motor skills at a very young age.
A child’s physical ability such as balance, steering, pedaling and coordination necessary to transition to a two-wheeler are acquired faster on the Hobby-Bike than on a bike equipped with training wheels.
Here's how a child learns:
- 1. To Balance - with both feet flat on the ground and knees slightly bent while seated. In this stance feet can swing freely to push or run along and are always ready to stop a fall. A child can coast downhill and gradually learn to lift the feet off the ground. This is a safe way get use to control the bike when in motion. Although there is a one hand brake, the ability to stop comes from using both feet for safety and balance.
- 2. To Steer - as soon as the child is comfortable with balance, comes learning to steer the bike from one side to the other.
- 3. To Pedal - once the above concepts have been mastered, it is time to fit the pedal system to the Hobby-Bike. Raising the position of the bike will give the child a greater bio-mechanical efficiency.
AS THE CHILD GROWS SO DOES THE HOBBY-BIKE!
Unlike a bike with training wheels, there are no risks of toppling over or loosing braking power when turning with the Hobby-Bike. IT IS SAFE!