It appears that another childhood rite-of-passage is rolling toward slow extinction in neighborhoods across America. Ah training wheels, how little we knew you-especially after age 5, when in one terrifying afternoon, Dad ripped you off the back of the bike and sent us hurtling toward near death, shouting warnings about curbs, corners and cars. And now, according to the Wall Street Journal, you're about to be a thing of the past.
For those if you who haven't had the pleasure lately of (huff, huff) pushing your child down a street and hoping she avoids brain injuries, the pedal-less bike might seem like a strange idea. Isn't the whole point of biking to pedal your way around the neighborhood?
No, it is not. As European designers discovered a few years ago, the more crucial aspect of biking is learning how to balance, something that a forced reliance on training wheels actually made harder. Or as one pretty funny New Zealand designer who should maybe tailor her metaphors forRead More »from Bikes without pedals change an American rite of passage