Grip shifters

Bicycles for Toddlers to Teens

Grip shifters

Postby lobstermash » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:31 pm

Before buying a geared bike for my very keen bike riding 6 year old, I looked at a lot of bikes. I don't think I found any that had proper shifters. The bike we ended up with is a KDS X-Lite. It's an excellent bike (if a little heavy at 12.2kg) and is being ridden with vigour. However, as predicted, the grip shifters are an issue. After 4-5km, he can't shift into easier gears thanks to sweaty hands.

I'm reluctant to buy him a pair of gloves - he'll grow out of them in a month or two. I'm considering finding some proper shifters, but the grips are pretty firmly glued on and it'd be a pain to remove. Does anyone have any other potential solutions? Like a spray that makes the rubber sticky or something like that?
Passing on your right - me, said just about never...
lobstermash
 
Posts: 917
Joined: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:51 pm
Location: Canberra

by BNA » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:08 pm

BNA
 

Re: Grip shifters

Postby grimbo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:08 pm

I got my young fellahs gloves 2 years ago when they were 8 and 9 for the same reason, and the gloves are still fitting OK, FWIW.

While the gloves have helped when hands get sweaty, the tektro shifters on one of the bikes are pretty stiff and are still difficult for small hands to twist.
"If I can bicycle, I bicycle" ~David Attenborough
User avatar
grimbo
 
Posts: 186
Joined: Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:38 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: Grip shifters

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:11 pm

Most people recommend grip shifters as being easier for little hands.

If he can use it, but his hands become slippery, you could try any one of various sprays on his hands eg stickum
Itac 2 Sports Grip - as used by lawn bowlers and ahem pole dancers, also on evilbay
Image
User avatar
find_bruce
 
Posts: 3670
Joined: Mon May 09, 2011 8:42 pm
Location: Sydney

Re: Grip shifters

Postby lobstermash » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:21 pm

Yikes, funny how pole dancing gear is often in $20 and $50 denominations ;)

Might go the glove route...

UPDATE: That was easier than I thought... Big W have kids' gloves in various sizes
Passing on your right - me, said just about never...
lobstermash
 
Posts: 917
Joined: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:51 pm
Location: Canberra


Return to Children's Bikes

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit