The Cycle Sprog balance bike – designed and built at The Bicycle Academy, England!
A couple of months ago, I posted about the Balance Bike course at The Bicycle Academy, and how I had spent an intense but wonderful two days learning to create what, for me at least, was a marvel of balance bike design.
Having waited and waited for some good weather, I finally managed to get the camera out and take some pictures of the first two-wheeled Cycle Sprog creation, but they didn’t get posted up at the time as other things just got in the way.
It has to be said though that since it’s arrival at the house the bike has become a bit of a firm favourite.
So much so in fact, that I’ve not really had much chance to get my hands on it due to the boys clamouring to use it as a means of getting around the house.
Now at this point I should explain that the boys, aged five and seven, are fully fledged cyclists in their own right, however the opportunity to straddle the balance bike and put it through it’s paces has proven far too difficult to resist.
Light and speedy it certainly is, and with lap times steadily improving it was time to call it a day before someone (possibly me) got run over by a speeding blur of orange.
That’s not the end of the story though, as having witnessed their absolute joy when hooning around on it I felt it was only fair that I too should experience the delights of this speedy two-wheeler.
After all, I built it and having gone through The Bicycle Academy training, knew it would be capable of carrying my twelve and a half stone with ease.
So there you go, a small confession from a mature adult (married, two kids, that sort of thing) for zooming around the house on a bike made for a two year old, grinning like a gurning chimp without a care in the world. Well until the postman looked in through the window. Don’t they change their rounds after six months?
So, if you like what you see and want to build your own balance bike, you can get in touch with Andrew and the team at The Bicycle Academy (TBA) via the website, or check them out on Twitter. Finally, for the image hungry amongst you, the TBA have a brilliant selection of shots of life in the workshop and all things bicycle on Instagram.
Recent news reports have focused on schools trying to prevent "dangerous" cycling to school. What needs to be done to tackle this problem?
This weekend is Small Business Saturday, and it's a chance to celebrate all those small businesses who specialise in kids bikes and family cycling
It's fast, fun and very muddy! U8's cyclocross here we come......
Leave a Reply