Kids` Training Wheels For Bicyles No More [Vid]

Submitted by: jizzos 7 years ago Science

Another sweet invention: This gyro wheel for kids bicycles will forever eliminate the use of training wheels.
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Female 500
verycool.
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Male 230
so does this mean i can ride my bike drunk and not worry about braking my face any more?
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Male 1,451
Show a kid turning on the bike. The gyro wheel will actually make it harder to turn as when the kid tries to rotate the wheel it will actually make the wheel `want` to fall over instead. (It`s really the way gyroscopes work, and the reason it stays up, and subsequently spins as it falls)

But gyroscopes are fun to play with.

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Female 138
my mom pushed me once and i took off without a problem on my first try...i was a bicycle maniac when i was little, took that thing everywhere i could, but i think this invention is a great idea for those who can`t get it right away
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Male 620
Step 1) while extremly young Remove pedals from bike
Step 2) Allow kid to scoot himself along and learn to balance first
Step 3) After kid has figured out the balance thing and is zooming around all over the place, add pedals.

Gal that has a family of bike nuts taught me this trick, her grandkids, 3 & 4 years old 0_0 Holy crap do they know how to ride, had no idea little 1 gear toddler bikes could go so fast

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Female 1,386
Its a good idea, but how much does the wheel cost? Most kids i know just leave their bikes in the front yard or on the porch with little thought of it getting stolen. Now... imagine that bike having a $150 tire on it, that someone could easily remove and put on EBAY.
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Female 169
How do training wheels promote bad habits?
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Male 11
It`s not that complicated; human beings learn to walk on two legs on a similar basic equilibrium principle to riding a bike. Learning to ride a bike is not about aquring a new skill but rather adapting an old one onto a new purpose and so it is indeed possible for some kids to pick it up quicker (almost innatley) then others.

I, on the other hand, took freaking forever.

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Female 2,289
All of the nice people on here make me feel so warm inside :-)

On the subject, I have no clue how I learned to ride a bike. I just didn`t know how to when I was little so I used training wheels... never tried to ride one without, and when I got older... I just ...did. still confuses me when I think about it.

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Male 12,138
I say again, if you don`t like it, do us all a favour and f*ck off elsewhere. Frankly, it`ll save me the bother of banning your hate-fuelled, vitriolic ass.

Dick.

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Male 12,138
Manorrd> "Nidonemo...it was a joke...you know...those things you post every day..."

Manorrd, I for one am getting seriously fatigued by your constant bitching about this site, and how crap this site is. Frankly, I take deep personal offence at you labelling the people who run this site as BIGOTS, or for that matter, recently you called us FASCISTS. Dude, tt`s a free internet, how about you f*ck off and go to another site?

Be thankful that we`re more easy-going than some other sets of Mods out there. On most other sites, you`d be perma-banned by now for trolling.

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Male 363
ok she said training wheels teach kids bad habbits, but this isnt any different other than its 1000 times more expensive
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Male 12,365
"i dont know about anyone else but i learned how to ride my bike by falling off, getting my lips busted and elbows scraped."

I only fell off once while learning, although I did manage to fall through a rose bush into a rockery. I only had a small scar on my elbow for years from that. I`ve no idea why I wasn`t hurt worse.

I fell off many times after learning though, because I tried far too many foolish and often probably impossible things on my bikes, usually involving a badly made makeshift ramp or a steep hill. On one memorable occasion, I regained consciousness in the bottom of an empty skip. The last thing I remember before coming to was thinking that I could "surf" by standing on the seat of my Chopper. Sure I could, but not for long. I don`t remember coming off, or how long I was in the skip.

It`s one reason I`m glad I don`t have kids - I`d go spare worrying they were doing the dangerous foolish things I did.

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Male 135
Great so now instead of spending $15 dollars on training wheels my kids are going to want me to spend like $150 dollars on this thing.
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Male 1,718
Saw this time ago on tv. I want a big one for my bike
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Male 5,194
This is absolutely BRILLIANT!!! That`s more like how a real bike behaves than training wheels. I was the last kid in my class to learn how to ride a damn bike - wish I would have had this!

Or, you know, a father.

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Male 95
I think i had training wheels for about a week, But I couldnt do that cool stop where you lock up the back tire and make a giant `J` skid mark like my friends did, so i took them off.
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Male 964
I wish i had this as a kid...i learnt how to cycle by charging down a hill into my back door...well as emmajean says i`m not a pussy ;)
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Female 535
emmajean89 - hear, hear!
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Female 54
i dont know about anyone else but i learned how to ride my bike by falling off, getting my lips busted and elbows scraped. if you want your kid to grow up to be a pussy by this product
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Male 2,372
Nidonemo...it was a joke...you know...those things you post every day...
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Male 439
how did they fit the anti-gravity device into that little tire?
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Male 2,229
Now that is cool, now the next step how much would they be charging for the device. Cause they easily price them selves out their intended market.
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Female 1,395
An unecessary waste of money. They will learn much quicker with out it.
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Male 1,360
I would have liked to see a child riding it
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Male 9,306
manorrd, you have over 2000 posts, you should be well aware of the censors we have here.

So don`t let me find you 4+ posting again, there`s a delete post option for you, please use that.

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Male 4,793
that is awesome!!!
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Female 3,828
pretty cool. id prolly just stick my kid in training wheels though. recharging stuff is a b itch.
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Male 2,553
Hell yes!
>Manorrd
No, you wrote Sh*t. ^^ Naw just kidding, the censoring might be overreacting. I dunno. It`s might just have glitched.
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Female 15,763
Looks like someone hasn`t experienced the word filter to its true beauty yet!
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Male 89
TheGavnor;
There`s couple levels of balancing, so when kid is doing well you can lower the auto balance feature, to eventually switch it off completely. It`s best to watch whole video before making comments;)
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Male 431
typical physics. interesting at first. but overall very simple. great idea, and a gateway for the most expensive trikes EVER
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Male 772
So instead of using this to start a prototype light-cycle, we`re wasting perfectly good technology on the cheeldrun...
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Male 670
its just going to breed a generation or two of complete pussies
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Male 334
there are no prices for these things anywhere, they aren`t even available for purchase until sometime in December.
they did put a girl on it, just not at the bike show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vGM96FQ5...
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Female 15,763
Holy sh*t. F*ck the kids, I want this bike!
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Male 18
it`s just way to technical and probably expensive for the actual need of it
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Female 168
cmon, every kid needs to experience falling off a two-wheeler.
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Male 212
ive seen gyro bikes that dont require a charge...
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Male 12,138
[quote]How about gyroscopic motorcycle wheels? Maybe they`d be much safer than normal? [/quote]

Nah, I`m pretty sure there`d be too much intertial dampening, making the motorbike unmanouverable/unresponsive at high speeds if you needed to act fast. Kinda like power steering working against you.

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Female 3,562
If I had kids and it cost less than $50 I`d do it. It seems to be completely effective. Hell, it should be expanded to other fields. How about gyroscopic motorcycle wheels? Maybe they`d be much safer than normal?
And yes, I get that wheels are gyroscopic when in motion, but this is obviously a back-up that would help prevent wheels from failing.
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Male 2,855
or you could stay with the training wheels for 1/100th the cost
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Female 1,589
"1) Its more expensive than training wheels
2) Its heavy
3) It needs to be recharged
4) It doesn`t help that much"
-LazyMe484

1) Did she say how much it is? If it`s not that much more expensive, then I think it`s worth it.
2) What, is the kid going to do some weight training with the bike after they are done using it? The bike + wheel probably won`t be any heavier then an adult bike, so it shouldn`t matter if it`s the parent who has to lift it.
3) So does your iPod. Big whoop.
4) Training wheels don`t help at all. I had training wheels until I was 5, and when my dad took them away I couldn`t balance. Since you can decrease how much the wheel supports the kid will gradually figure out how to balance.

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Male 300
I like the uni-cycle idea.
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Male 227
I WANT THIS FOR MY 20` VERDE FRAME

OMG! I GOT CAPS LOCK ON!!!

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Male 1,931
I never learned how to ride a bike, and if they sold these for adults I would buy it.
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Male 425
Rebelcomx "I wonder if this would work on a unicycle..."

That`s a very good question, I would be tempted to buy one if it did..

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Male 10,440
Interesting idea but there are many flaws.

1) Its more expensive than training wheels
2) Its heavy
3) It needs to be recharged
4) It doesn`t help that much

As an engineer, I`ll say: cool idea.
As an investor, I`ll call this a fail.

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Male 1,381
oh look at that, someone figured out that this is what NORMAL wheels do on bicycles.

tell the kid to pedal faster and save $50.

classic example of deviation from KISS engineering.

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Male 1,929
Surely it would be a hell of a lot harder to learn on this thing because it does most of the balancing for you. A kid on stabilizers is going learn to ride a bike a damn sight quicker than one with this thing. I`m not interested or impressed.
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Male 477
I wonder if this would work on a unicycle...
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Male 302
This is one of those, "why didn`t I think of that?"
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Male 12,365
"Cool, but wouldn`t it be harder to turn with a gyro wheel?"

Yes, because it would be harder to tilt the bike. Maybe it wouldn`t matter so much at slow speeds, where you might be able to turn more with the front wheel and less with leaning. Bicycle wheels give some gyroscopic effect anyway - that`s why it`s easier to balance at higher speeds than when stationary.

"Very cool idea but why didn`t they put a kid on it."

I thought that too. They failed to demonstrate the product actually working as intended.

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Male 579
I think I`ll get my kid training wheels.. why? price..
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Male 1,765
Cool, but wouldn`t it be harder to turn with a gyro wheel? If a gyro wheel is what I think it is turning it is pretty hard, even for an adult. Maybe it`s not spinning too fast? IDK.
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Male 749
My first bike had a picture of a monkey and a giraffe on it but no crazy wheels :(.
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Male 1,164
Well thanks for inventing that over a decade after I got my first 2-wheeler. Oh well, my scraped and bruises taught me to be a man. I`ll buy this for my future daughter. My future sons will have to learn the hard way.
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Female 1,427
That`s pretty damn cool.
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Male 725
Well that is slicker than greased owl poop.
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Female 313
that is actually quite smart... If it works as well as they say it does =)
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Male 4,807
Very cool idea but why didn`t they put a kid on it.
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Male 194
Link: Kids` Training Wheels For Bicyles No More [Vid] [Rate Link] - Another sweet invention: This gyro wheel for kids bicycles will forever eliminate the use of training wheels.
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