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SN trikes-does your child have one?

(13 Posts)
MrsBobDylan Fri 22-Jul-16 18:11:14

I want to get out this summer with my kids-ds can cycle a bike with stabilisers but is too big for that bike now and I'm thinking a SN trike would do the job.

Thing is, I've found specialist ones for £1500, refurbished ones for £500 and then one for £170 new from an online seller. Why is there such a massive difference in price and if I buy the cheaper one will it be useless?

I can't afford more than £200 but I don't want to waste my money. Ds doesn't need any harness or back support.

Anyone know a bit about trikes?

zzzzz Fri 22-Jul-16 19:27:37

If you can only afford £200 then that's an easy choice grin
The best thing is to see if there is a local bike shop that lends trikes to try. Riding a trike is very different to a bike with stabilisers. They tip hat on corners and bumps (I have one). You might be better with a bigger bike with bigger stabilisers?

blaeberry Fri 22-Jul-16 21:42:49

zzzzz do you know where you can get bigger stabilisers from? My ds physio suggested a trike but ds wants a 'proper' bike. His current stabilisers don't stabilise his bike enough and he could also do with a bigger bike. I've seen stabilisers for adult bikes but not intermediate ones that would fit a 7-10 year olds bike.

MrsBobDylan Fri 22-Jul-16 22:35:38

You are right zzzzz it does make the choice a little simpler!

I am worried (not without good reason) that DS will take one look at a trike and refuse to even sit on it. I have looked for bigger stabilisers without success though so I'll probably just go for it and take deep breaths when he doesn't bloody use it!

zzzzz Fri 22-Jul-16 22:44:32

We bodged some from halfords onto ds1s bike (he's now 11).

My plan next time (it's now a rust heap do soon) is to bat my eyelashes at a local bike mechanic (some rental shops do repairs as a side line) and get them to replace just the wheels of the stabiliser with bigger wheels.

We raise the stabilisers cm by cm and ds is basically riding on 2 wheels at least half the time.

My problem is he has NO steering sense at all (so hits other people/bikes and toads are out). We can only do it at the skate park during school hour [sigh]

I want to cycle with him but I can't pull him any more it does something horrifying to my knees.

zzzzz Fri 22-Jul-16 22:45:53

Roads not toads ..... Though that would be shock

blaeberry Fri 22-Jul-16 22:59:16

Toads grin

MrsBobDylan Sat 23-Jul-16 23:21:34

My dream is to cycle ride to our local KFC as we can ride through a housing estate and pavement it all the way. Plus DS won't leave his room unless he's on a serious promise for foodgrin.

LaughingHyena Sun 24-Jul-16 17:43:27

Are you able to find a local inclusive cycling club, our local one has a range of bikes/trikes which you can try out for a few hours. mght help to decide what would work.

I was looking round last summer for options. DSs was getting to big for the tag along so we were looking at kiddyback tandems.. With a tandem you don't really feel like you have to tow them though, the extra pedaling makes a big difference up hills. He can ride but I'm still keeping a look out, steering and indeed braking are still a work in progress!

I did find a couple of places selling stabilizers for older kids. It says from 20" wheel, which is what my 9 year old has at the moment.

LaughingHyena Sun 24-Jul-16 17:44:19

would help if I posted the link www.bikecare.co.uk/adult_stabilisers.html

MrsBobDylan Tue 26-Jul-16 15:20:10

Thanks Laughing. I will check out inclusive cycling clubs-got my fingers crossed we've got one near us as that would be fab!

JsOtherHalf Sat 30-Jul-16 19:18:06

Various charities will help with the cost of SN trikes.

Eg w3.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/grants/

JsOtherHalf Sat 30-Jul-16 19:20:26

Caudwell children (if the household income is less than £45K)

www.caudwellchildren.com/how-we-help

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