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Balance Bike Comparison
- A balance bicycle, or run bike is a training bicycle that helps children learn balance and steering. It has no pedals, no crankset and chain, and no training wheels.
- An analogy
- qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
- The act or instance of comparing
- the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
- relation based on similarities and differences
- The quality of being similar or equivalent
The Bikee Balance Bike by Trikke provides kids 2 to 5 years of age an easier way to get comfortable and confident on two wheels. Trikke Tech's chief designer learned how great balance bikes were when he got a couple for his own 2 year old twins. The balance bike proved to be a fun way for his kids to get their bike confidence rolling! Later, he decided that Trikke can market a nice version of this effective concept. This version of the balance bike has been marketed in Europe, but is just debuting in the US. This product withstands the rigors of children extremely well. Airless tires make this a great, low maintenence choice for your kid's pre-bike riding days!
Potomac River, south of Antietam/Sharpsburg, Md
well today was a rather crazy day...I went up to Summit Point again to make the NESBA Yamaha demo, getting there at 8:30 just halfway through the riders' meeting...which went into an extra classroom session for beginners. Walked out after about 5 minutes knowing that we didn't have time for a riders' meeting if we were going to get in at least one session before 11am (more about this later). Went to see if I could demo-ride and got absolutely denied by the guy running the Yamaha demo.
Parting words:" no, no no...I appreciate your persistence, but no.". "Well, I appreciate your cooperation".
It's a long story and I'll have to go into it in detail to make it make sense, and there are parts of it that just don't make sense, but the gist of it is that what you see on the Yamaha demo/NESBA site -including reservations you make- has little to no correlation to what happens at the track. Especially if the track is "technical" and there are a lot of riders that day. *Especially* if riders in all three classes were sliding off the track in droves the day before. They don't want "beginner" riders on the track after 11am because "they slow down the other riders" but isn't that the nature of a "beginning" rider? So...no "beginners" are allowed on the track after 11am, even if they are full NESBA members and have paid for a track-day? Seems that way...if you believe what the Yamaha demo manager says.
Oh there's more but it's just more nonsense, the main issue is that you ride the demo if he says yes and you don't ride it if he says no. Regardless of anything else. So again, don't put any faith into what you read on the NESBA/Yamaha demo site. The only way, for sure, that you will get on the track is to bring your own gear, pay for the track-day and hope that the tech inspectors will let your bike on the track (and on that note I've seen them let riders on the track with bikes that have failed tech inspection).
The main thing here is that just about every Yamaha guy and NESBA guy that I've met in this "Summer of Demos" has bent over backwards to accomodate guys both at the demos and at the NESBA track-day. Except for this one guy and the guy managing the demo at VIR which is the first one I went to. And this guy was in a class of his own, by far. The first time, I registered for a 2pm ride at VIR, got there at 2:30 and the guy (not the same guy that ran the demo at Beaverun & Summit Point) bluntly told me that I was too late to ride. As you will see there is a lot more to it than that, but even reading the rider guide at the NESBA website (which I hadn't before I went down there) you have to be there at 8am for the rider-meeting, and showing up at 2:30 (hey, it was a 6-hr ride) there basically was no way they were going to let me on the track at that time unless I was an experienced NESBA rider (or an AMA pro or something). *THIS* guy just basically said "you can't ride more than one demo-ride, and you rode at Beaverrun, so that's it". Problem is he also said "I could squeeze you in if you had gotten here a half-hour earlier". And I had gotten there around 10 or so, not leaving DC until 7:30am, 85 miles to the track, not knowing exactly where the track was, etc (the irony was that I had planned to leave at 5am but didn't get to bed until 2am so there's no way I was going to get up that early to ride out into the mountains for a demo-ride, but if I had left when I had planned to, I would have been there well before the 9am first session). So I came back the next day, at 8:30...everything he said the day before went right out the window, except "no". Not even one ride, just to get around Summit Point. I'm not sure which was more frustrating, getting denied that Saturday after showing up at 10am or getting denied that Sunday after showing up at 8:30am. But in any case I was denied both days. And let me tell you, Summit Point was by far the closest and probably the most interesting track of the three, between VIR, Beaverrun and SP.
So, no riding again, though Summit Point was even more enticing due to the drama swirling around it that Sunday, so I walked around the track on the inside, took some shots (film) and watched a few laps. It was obvious that they were all riding slow, everyone slowed down. The yellows were out for no apparent reason and the CRs (control riders) were riding *very* slow especially with the demo groups even when the yellow wasn't out. There was no real chance of anyone running off-track except possibly the advanced group which really was the only group running even near to normal speed. The day before in my brief 5-minute period of observation I saw one guy get taken off the track by ambulance and another guy on the grass near turn 4. The extra-class session for the beginners concentrated a *lot* on keeping the bike up and on the track near...turn 4. I take it that turn
A fun but ridiculous comparison of riding an ATK in a Trials event compared to a.....Trials Bike!
Don was a novice Trials rider and I was a first-timer. I showed no grace but plowed through the obstacles like I was in a desert race. Don had to work and tried the trials balancing technique.
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