If you're looking to get your kid into cycling, one of the best ways to do this is to buy them a balance bike, a pedal-less bike that allows them to gain confidence staying upright on two wheels. But what if you want to have a go yourself? Well now you can thanks to German company Fliz, which is hoping to appeal to the big kid in all of us.
Apparently based on Baron Karl Dreis' Velocipede, the forerunner of the modern bicycle, the Fliz bike ditches the relatively unnatural motion of pedalling in favour of the human gait to provide forward motion.
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Any big kids who are tempted to buy this product are strapped in using what looks like a fairly painful five-point harness. But aside from the obvious differences, this bike may not be as different from your standard road bike as it may seem. The frame is fully carbon fibre, and with the hydraulic disc brakes a wheel base that is only slightly longer than average at 1100mm, the handling should be similar as well.
However, despite appearances, there may actually be a genuine use for the concept. With no pressure on the joints and body weight distributed over a wide area, Fliz claims that the bike could be used as a form of rehabilitation and exercise therapy, allowing those with restricted movement to enjoy the freedom of the bicycle.
Interested? Well if your German's up to scratch more details can be found on the Fliz website (opens in new tab).
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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