Nancy of Family On Bikes passes along this thrifty bicycle hack:
Is your child just about big enough to fit onto a bike you found at a yard sale? Want to buy a bike for your child, but you’re afraid he will outgrow it too quickly? Pedal blocks may the answer you need.
A bike store will happily sell you specially made pedal blocks to raise your child’s feet a bit, but you can make your own quite easily. Simply take a piece of wood whatever thickness you need and cut it to the size of the pedal. Bolt it on and voila – you’ve got a bike that fits your child! We actually used this method on our bicycle built for three when we took an extended family vacation in 2006-2007. We rode about 5000 miles before the boys were big enough for us to take the pedal blocks off.
Now we are getting ready to take another family vacation – this time we’ll be pedaling 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina leaving in June. We now have a single bike that our two boys will share, but the seat post was a little bit too long for one of them. We ended up cutting the seat post a few inches so that it would fit lower in the seat tube. Now the bike fits him perfectly!
Can you imagine growing up with this life experience under your belt? By the way, you must visit Nancy’s site, where she will chronicle the family’s trip…and much more. I fantasize about taking a year off from everything and traveling with my family around the world — her family’s story reminds me that I could actually do it.