It may be worth turning away from old-fashion training wheels as learning to ride a bicycle comes with high-tech assistance these days.
The Jyrobike is aimed at preventing tumbles. The 12- or 16-inch auto-balance bike for kids ages 3 to 8, has a battery-powered control hub built into the front wheel to generate stabilization, said Robert Bodill, CEO and co-founder of Jyrobike. When the control hub is turned on, it acts like a gyroscope and provides a stabilizing force, he said.
If consumers don't want to purchase the Jyrobike, which is priced at $249 or $299 depending on the size, the control hub can be purchased separately for $129 for any 12-inch or for $149 for any 16-inch bicycle.
"The control hub wheel includes adjustable balance settings, a Micro USB and a volume button for the Mega Sound feature, a 105dB speaker that has a choice of three awesome sound effects," Bodill said.