As we’ve posted before, we’re working with Buddies to get some of their members cycling. You may already have seen some of them out and about in their smart pink vests. Many of them can already ride a bike, but others have never had the chance, so we’re doing a bit of coaching which is quite a steep learning curve for both them and us!
One thing which would help would be a couple of adult balance bikes – basically a normal bike, but with the pedals taken off. Just as with kids, balance bikes allow people to get the hang of balancing, steering and braking, before they put it all together and start pedalling too.
If you have any old bikes hanging around that you could donate to Buddies to turn into balance bikes, that would be really helpful. They don’t need to be fantastic bikes as long as the frame is sound and ideally have working brakes. Non-suspension frames would be better. A couple in a range of sizes would help get all the Buddies balancing and scooting – and ultimately pedalling too.
If you can help, let Buddies know directly or else email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass the details on.