Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 18, 2017
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On your bikes

In the driver’s seat

Balance bikes, walking bikes, running bikes, pedal-less bikes: whatever they’re called they’re designed to teach a child how to balance without those occasionally unreliable training-wheels. They provide a low centre of gravity so your kid is in control: stopping is as simple as putting a foot on the ground. The best balance bikes on the market are made by KinderBike. Their frames are lightweight aluminum alloy (about 4 kilograms) and their mountain-bike brakes and sticky wheels are reliable. These bike have been popular for years in Europe — now they’re in North America and available in Canada. $129 (shipping included). kinderbike.ca.

The contortionist

Looking for an inexpensive folding bike you can check in or carry on? The TOKYO CITIZEN BIKE is as compact and convenient as it gets: it’s got six gears, 16-inch wheels, weighs 13.5 kilograms and costs US$164 — a basic set of wheels for exploring those conference cities. When folded it’s 26 x 11 x 20 inches (66 x 27 x 50 cm). Remember when calculating the price: you may want the US$28 carrying bag and you’ll have to pay taxes and the company’s shipping cost as well as those ridiculous border duties. citizenbike.com.

Two saddles are better than one

Why cruise alone when you can double up your pedal power on a TREK CRUISELINER TANDEM. They’re sturdy, stylish and streamlined; the look is retro, but the construction is contemporary. You’ll both feel pretty sweet. Around US$800. trekbikes.com.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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