Friday, April 29, 2005

New Toddler Bike Design Keeps Parents’ Hands Off Kids

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A new bike design will allow parents to keep their hands off their kids when teaching them how to ride.

The design for the SHIFT bicycle was created by an industrial design professor and two students from Purdue University and looks like a tricycle, but as the kid gains momentum, the two rear wheels merge into one.

This works by a spring mechanism that tilts the back wheels together as weight shifts towards the front wheel and apart when the momentum of the bike decreases.

Scott Shim, a Purdue industrial design professor and co- designer, says the bike’s design is very stable and would allow kids to “learn how to balance themselves as they ride without looking back to see if their parent is still holding the bike.”

While the toddler bike is getting a lot of interest from parents who want to buy it, Shim says the inventors are currently trying to get a patent for the design so it won’t be available at stores for at least “a couple years.”

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