We all know the pain of learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Balancing on two wheels seems to be impossible until we finally do it – no doubt with a few bruises and war wounds to show for the experience.
But now Early Rider, the makers of the Spherovelo have come up with something that should help young children gain their centre of balance without any tears or tantrums. This means that when they are finally ready to ride a bike without the aid of stabilisers, they’ll have a much easier time of it.
The Spherovelo has the look of a small and chunky bike, even though it has no wheels. There is a sphere at the front below the chunky handlebars and a similar one at the back. They are stabilised so they are a lot like the old Weeble toys – you know the ones that never fall down.
But it gets better. Not only does the Spherovelo stay upright and keep the child on course as they ride it, the stabilising balls held inside the two spheres are able to be taken out. Once this happens the bike is capable of falling over – but of course by this time the child is ready to learn the next stage of riding a bike, and thus will be better able to cope with this sudden instability.