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    Default What bike do you have?

    Need recommendations for bikes. Our 6 and 3 yo have just learned to cycle without training wheels and we would now like to utilise the bike tracks we have around here.

    What bikes do you have/recommend?

    What baby seat do you recommend? We have an 18 month old that needs a baby seat.

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    It's more expensive, but I would go into a bike shop and get properly fitted, and test them out.

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    I agree, talk to the bike shops. I got one last year, its an Avanti Aria 1, it was under $500 new and I love it. I probably should have upgraded the saddle but otherwise its great, comfortable to ride, reasonable gears and very lightweight. Even if you try some out then look for them second hand (that involves a lot of footwork and research though)

    But the best piece of advice is DON'T get a bike with front shocks. Especially if you are trying to carry a child as well. They are terribly hard to push because the shocks give way between the wheel and the handle bars, so they absorb a huge portion of your pushing energy (I'm sure there's a better way of explaining that but I hope you understand ha ha). The sales guys will try to sell them to you as the & latest greatest thing, but just say you are not interested.

    Anyway DH rides a lot, as do several of his mates, and he did the research last year and came up with this Avanti bike. HTH

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    agree

    I have an Avanti Aria too (mine is a II with a couple of extras) - and I love it !!! soooo much.

    - go to a couple of different bike shops and try some different ones. let them fit you properly.

    - the "womens design" ones arent necessarily better for women - its often just a marketing ploy - but I did find the Aria the best for me, so went with one anyway.

    - Dont get SRAM groupsets/gears. Shimano is good, Campag top of the range ... SRAM just dont go there. (That cuts out Trek bikes )



    As far as a seat - I dont know really. I have never taken littlies ... only once she could ride.

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    I ride my bike all the time but can't remember the name of it! haha It's a bike shop bike, though. Don't get a town bike! Hopeless if you want to ride up a hill.
    As for a seat...I had a bike trailer, and got rid of it..my biggest regret. We have a seat but I am not comfortable with it. It throws off the balance of my bike a bit so I ride much slower than normal to have better control of the bike. And if I need to pack a bag or something, and it goes in my basket in the front it just becomes a balancing act. Add in my 4 year old deciding his an aeroplane and swinging from side to side and...argghhh...I hate it. I wish I'd never sold my bike trailer. He could be strapped in safe and sound, plenty of rooms for bags, drink bottles, everyone's jumpers when they stripped off etc. and no fear of falling with my son on the back because if I fell he wouldn't.
    I see people riding with kids on seats all the time and no one else seems to struggle with it like I do. Perhaps it's lack of practice and confidence on my part, but I'd definitely test the seats out and see if you're comfortable before purchasing one.

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    I agree KatiesMum, about the gears. We upgraded those too, DH said the basic ones were rubbish. And it's all about fit. I jumped on a few, but the Avanti just felt right.

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    @Partyofthree that's exactly why I don't use a child seat. Dh is a very experienced rider so he's done the carrying. We just have a seat that bil handed down to us, but I would have such a fear of the bike tipping over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gothel View Post
    @Partyofthree that's exactly why I don't use a child seat. Dh is a very experienced rider so he's done the carrying. We just have a seat that bil handed down to us, but I would have such a fear of the bike tipping over.
    Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. It's just awkward. We've never fallen but I don't like it at all. My son is too old now to buy another trailer, he can ride his bike quite a few km's for his age, but it's slow going given his little legs. My hubby is more comfortable using it than me, but he does say it throws off his balance. I also find if I'm getting on or off my bike I need to have a death grip on it, otherwise it starts to topple over from his weight on the back. DS thinks that is the 'funniest game' but I don't enjoy it so much

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    I can just see your DS begging "Do the funny thing Mum Pleeeease!" Yep its the getting on and off that scares me, I'm not strong enough to support her. Its mostly bike tracks we ride on but they are busy and we have to ride some streets to get there. Trailers are definitely the way to go I think, if you can afford it


 

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