Start 'em young. Offer young children the opportunity to learn and you might hook them for life. British entrepreneur Simon Booth started Kiddimoto several years ago, a company that builds wooden balance bikes styled after full size motorcycles and painted in color schemes to match the race bikes of famous racers. Aimed at the 2 to 6 year old crowd, they offer a pretty neat way to get the kids on pseudo motorcycles built from plywood with underseat exhaust, realistic swingarm, 10 inch pneumatic tires and sized to fit the mini riders. They're also available as mini dirt bikes and scooters.
Do the bikes work? There are two videos below showing a very young boy, outfitted with a full face helmet and riding suit, including knee pucks, practicing turns in an effort to get his knee down. He tries and tries, repeatedly crashing, always getting up with a smile and a laugh before trying and crashing again and again, until he begins to get closer and closer, then crash and closer then crash and success! What was that deliberate practice we were talking about? Here's a perfect example. Think about how much that little rider learned about life in an effort to get his knee puck scuffed up. Fantastic.
Simon went on the British TV show Dragon's Den last year looking for funding to expand the business and secured investments from two of the five members on the panel which should be a nice boost. The bikes are evidently available already in stores in the UK, but you can order them online, as well. Priced at $210, they look like they'll last a long time and stand up to the wear and tear you would expect from this particular rider demographic. Pretty cool!
Thanks for the tip, Bob!
Check out the videos below to see what it takes to get that knee down
The long and deliberate practice
His First Knee Down