Tricky bikes popular as kids test balance skills

'It's hard to balance'

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 06/07/2012
Kenzie Bennett
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
MINNIE FUN: Kenzie Bennett, 5, hangs out with Minnie Mouse at ILT Kidzone yesterday.

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Wacky bikes were a popular choice at ILT Kidzone yesterday, despite the dreary weather.

Hundreds of children turned up for the second day of the holiday festival, many of them heading straight to the bike station for a ride on unusual cycles.

Bikes 4 Fun operator Colin McKenzie said there were 74 bikes at Kidzone, some of them quite bizarre.

There was a modern penny farthing, a bike with a lawnmower attached and another that squirted water when the pedals were pushed.

Operator John Potts said there was even one designed especially for moody teenagers who thought they could do everything.

He said it was so difficult to steer he sometimes offered cash to anyone who could ride it more than 4 metres.

"It's against all your nature. You can have a stroppy teenager and show them something they can't do."

He said the bike's steering was complicated because the front wheel turned opposite to the handlebars.

Eleven-year-old Mark Gill decided to test himself on the tricky bike, but did not make it far.

"It's hard to balance," Mark said.

Mini golf and face painting were favourite options for children who did not want to play outside, and many were transformed into miniature clowns, superheroes and zoo animals.

ILT Kidzone started yesterday and runs until Monday at James Hargest College senior campus.

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