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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    I waited until mine could ride a bicycle without stabilisers, so I knew they had a proper sense of balance. Then I took them and they both really enjoyed it. The world over takes kids on bikes, no idea why Brits crap themselves so much about such issues?
    Mine is already pedalling away without stabilisers, we never fitted any to her bikes.

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    Would it not be better to get a push iron with one of them moulded plastic seats with belts?

    Besides, a mile is a retarded short distance to be taking a motor vehicle anyway.
    We had one of those, they only go up to 16kg which she has now exceeded.

    Normally I'd agree about the distance, however it's sort of the wrong way from work, she's 4, it's often 35c+ here, plus it's up a proper hill.

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    I'm embarrassed by how far it isn't, but in my defence there's a 500m section with 37m of climb. Not sure if it sounds much written like that, but in 35c heat it's too steep for a 4 year old to walk or cycle up. Not easy for me to walk or cycle up as it goes.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/OneO...35.9074288!3e2

    What would your plan be if not car or motorcycle? Genuine question as there must be things I haven't considered.

    Buses aren't that useful, taxis are out - they have an Uber type app which is brilliant, but too expensive to use like that.

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    My kids were 5 when they first went pillion. Age wasn’t the deciding factor, feet being able to reach the pegs was.


    Pillion belt thing and good clothing and it’s fine. Bikes were all 1L and I carefull. They’ve all loved it. Don’t worry too much and don’t be put off by those that absolutely wouldn’t.

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    Just looked at the long hill on streetview. Sod walking up that in the heat as an adult never mind as a kid. As for taking them on the bike, yes i would as long as they could reach the pegs. Think i would get one of them flip up back rests though.

    Was wondering why street view would not go up a street and still none the wiser but i did spot this blast from the past

    https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9123...7i13312!8i6656

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Just looked at the long hill on streetview. Sod walking up that in the heat as an adult never mind as a kid. As for taking them on the bike, yes i would as long as they could reach the pegs. Think i would get one of them flip up back rests though.

    Was wondering why street view would not go up a street and still none the wiser but i did spot this blast from the past

    https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9123...7i13312!8i6656
    Good, grab - you can see how the houses are staggered up the gradient.

    That car is still there, passed it the other day. There was a fiat 124 somewhere around there too.

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    Segway? Or something like one anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Just looked at the long hill on streetview. Sod walking up that in the heat as an adult never mind as a kid. As for taking them on the bike, yes i would as long as they could reach the pegs. Think i would get one of them flip up back rests though.

    Was wondering why street view would not go up a street and still none the wiser but i did spot this blast from the past

    https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9123...7i13312!8i6656
    Bedford Doormobile! Get in!

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    TBH, if she has the balance and understands to hold on. And you are happy with it. Sort it so her feet touch the pillion pegs and go to quiet area to try it and see how she gets on?

    Bet she'll love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Dazzle View Post
    Segway? Or something like one anyway.
    You'd have to ride it in the road as the pavements are narrow and full of gaps.

    I've seen people in Gibraltar with their kids standing on the floorboard of electric scooters but it looks pretty sketchy. Same problem as a Segway with bad pavements though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Just looked at the long hill on streetview. Sod walking up that in the heat as an adult never mind as a kid. As for taking them on the bike, yes i would as long as they could reach the pegs. Think i would get one of them flip up back rests though.

    Was wondering why street view would not go up a street and still none the wiser but i did spot this blast from the past

    https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9123...7i13312!8i6656
    The brick

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    Shame she's too big for a pushchair now.


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    With mine if their feet can sit comfortably on the pegs then it's good.

    7 yr old has been pillion, 5yr old hasn't, simply because he's not big enough.

    Obvs riding sensibly is the responsibility of the rider / parent. The kids don't undrstand the risks.

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    Dont you / didnt you have an MSX125 she can pillion on ....surely her feet can reach the pillion pegs on one of those.

    If you dont you now have an excuse to get one

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccecht View Post
    My daughter was 5 when she first rode Pillion but it was a Virago 535 and she could reach the footpegs
    You had a Viagra 535 ?
    *plonk*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigyin View Post
    Dont you / didnt you have an MSX125 she can pillion on ....surely her feet can reach the pillion pegs on one of those.

    If you dont you now have an excuse to get one
    I'd love an excuse to get another Grom, but the truth is the seat is so small I would often be sat on the back when riding it on my own.

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