Okay… as someone who is reasonably new to the eBike Wave, I’ve become a pretty fast convert to the concept. One thing that has become pretty evident is that eBikes are changing things for riders of all types, and abilities. They are fast becoming a great way for anyone to enjoy the pleasures and freedom of riding a bike.
But what about the kids?
Well… look not further…
California-based company, STACYC has created an electric Stability Cycle for kids between the ages of 3-8 years old. Yeah… that’s pretty damn cool.
The Stability Cycle was created with motor bikes in mind to help kids get more comfortable with their balance. Kids start with the bike in unpowered mode, moving it along by striding with their legs on either side of it. As they gain skill and confidence, they can engage the throttle and pull their legs up off the ground.
At the current time there are two models available
The 12EDrive, for 3 to 5 year-olds, starts out with the top speed set to 5 mph (8 km/h). As they progress, that upper limit is switched to 7 and then 9 mph (11/14 km/h). One 30 to 60-minute charge of its removable lithium-ion battery should be good for up to an hour of run time.
The slightly larger 16EDrive, for 4 to 8 year olds, also has three speed settings, although it tops out at 11 mph (18 km/h). It weighs 19 lb (8.6 kg), while the 12E tips the scales at 17 lb (7.7 kg). Other features of both bikes include a TIG-welded aluminum frame, pneumatic tires, and thermal protection for the motor and controller.
My feeling is that while this product is focused at those with an eye on the motocross world, I believe this can be a great product for getting kids onto bicycles (and eBikes). One only has to look at how well the little ones transition from a balance bike to a pedal bike and you realize this is just another logical step