Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Hand brakes vs. Foot Brakes for kids
My son just turned 6 on Sunday. He just got a Skyhawk 90. He's big for his age too, weighting in at 82#. So far, he's conquered most everything. Can start it himself, both with switch and kick starter. Can regulate the throttle well. Can ride it fairly well too (already doing powerslides). But using the hand brakes is still a little tough for him. Has a hard time squeezing them in, even when they are designed for a kid (he'll grow into it).
The saving grace is the foot brake. That he is very comfortable with, and already uses it to slide the arse end around. He was used to using the foot brake on his bicycle, so using his foot to stop seemd to come naturally I guess.
As I see it, the big boy sport quads use foot pegs and a foot brake. Might as well get him used to what he'll be riding later in life.
So far, no problem with him sliding off the foot pegs. But I'm ordering racing nerfs just to be safe. Plus, the look sharper than plastic floor boards. [img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img]