The OSET Thread - Will it Roll?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by K_N_Fodder, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Hacked off

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    I've experimented both was with training wheels. I put my oldest on the Oset at 18mo. He couldn't reach the ground so I made pretty wobbly training wheels for him. He spent some time learning throttle and was always comfortable with the wobble. He flat refused to ride without the training wheels. He finally rally took to it once he moved up to a 16" at 4.5/5 after several months on a bicycle without training wheels. He had a strider and took right to a bicycles without training wheels.

    My daughter is 4 and has been very resistant to riding unaided. Didn't want anything to do with the strider until about 6 weeks ago. She has been riding is our clubs kids series but with lots of help. She has just graduated to a 16" and shows more signs wanting to do it on her own. I only used training wheels with her a few times so she could understand the throttle without worrying about everything else.

    Net result neither one really took to riding the oset until they were over 4. The are very different kids and different approaches but results were similar.

    If you do go the route of training wheels they are easy to make if you have access to a welder. 1" square tube about 30" long some 1/2' round bar for axles and harbor freight 10" wheels. Both them to the skid plate under the batteries. Don't make the bike too stable. It will want to tip over as it can't lean. Everything about 2 wheels is learning to manage the instability.
  2. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I'd skip the trainers. They just build bad habits and slow the learning curve for most kids I think. I put my kid on a strider at 14mnths, by 18mnths he was really good on it. Reliably doing 2 mile singe track loops, could balance feet up while stopped for several seconds, competed in strider trials, etc. We put him on an Oset for his 2nd birthday and he immediately took to it. After about 30 feet of me running behind to help stabilize a little he figured it out and was off on his own.
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  3. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer Supporter

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    It's very cool this thread is still popping along. I'm back to looking at OSETs again. We have a KX65 in the family from my son (who was the motivation for starting this thread) that I've been holding onto for my (almost 8) daughter, but she was never really interested. I made noise to sell the KX and she suddenly was interested, so put her on a buddy's KTM50 just so she could try it with a centrifugal clutch. To my surprise she's *shredding* on the 50, but it's too small (and freakin annoying, we had one as well). Sat her on the KX (which is loaned out to another buddy - I like keeping em all in the "family" as well, like some of you guys) last night and it would just be a handful. Thus, I'm looking at 20" OSETS and popped back on here.

    So... if anybody has one laying around, let me know :)

    PS - I massively second the Strider/No-training wheels approach. Both my kids went this way and they are amazingly comfortable on two wheels from a very early age.
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  4. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer Supporter

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    And because this thread is all about family, here's the little kid from the beginning, 8 years later. He went Strider/Bicycle(s)/OSET/KTM50/KX65/KX100 and is phenomenally fast on the KX100. This is a big washout he "found" a couple of weeks ago...
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    Here's the sister realizing that she likes dirtbikes. She is a scrapper, but funnily got spooked on powered bikes early when she hopped on a buddy's OSET 12 years ago and grabbed a handful of throttle and it spooked her. She just had her first traumatic crash on the 50 the other day, had been parked by a shed with her brother and when she took off she grabbed too much throttle again, hit the shed with the left handlebar that ripped that side back and when the right side pulled from her hand she spun the throttle again.... big noisy traumatic crash but no damage and she got right back on after the tears were done.
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  5. smdub

    smdub Been here awhile

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    I think @Bucho was selling his.
  6. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Yeah, I'd sell mine. My son rode it a little bit but it never really lit a fire for him. He is also starting to get too big for it anyway...

    Mine is the NON R model. So it has the cheaper/heavier lead acid batteries.
  7. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer Supporter

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    Howdy sir, do you know what year it is? I might have found one a little closer in Colorado but I'm very curious.
  8. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    sorry for the slow reply. I dont always check this regularly. I believe its a 2016? Id have to dig up some paperwork