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Some people sprouted over the winterSome people sprouted over the winter.
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Pumping up the tires.Pumping up the tires.
How to Make Your Kid's Bike Fit More Comfortably
Over the winter Miss Anna Sierra has sprouted. Last weekend she officially moved up from her 20 inch Opus Nix to the 24 inch Norco that's been waiting in the basement for her for the past three years, ever since Derek brought it home from his head mechanic shift at ReCycles when she was 5!
The thing with a 24 inch bike and a gangly little kid is that there's more to bike fit than seat height. With the seat lowered, Anna Sierra could reach the pedals comfortably.
But the handlebars were a stretch. So Derek loosened the bolts on the front of the stem and turned the handlebars around (see photo) so Anna Sierra doesn't have to reach so far forward. Once he tightened everything back up and checked to make sure the brakes were responsive to her small hands, she was almost ready to ride.
Derek's big on giving the kids responsibility, so he passed over the pump so she could inflate her own tires. And he couldn't help but throw in a little math by having her figure out how many gears she had with three chain rings and five cogs!
When Anna Sierra was much younger, her little legs couldn't reach her tricycle pedals, so we installed blocks on the pedals. A few blocks of wood and some elastics was all we needed for that early bike fit.
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