How old should a child be to use KaZAM
KaZAM is recommended for children between the ages of 2 ½ to 5 ½ years old, depending on their height (see next question).
How TALL should a child be to use KaZAM
The answer to this is as important as their age. Up to about 45 inches tall (maximum height) is recommended for the KaZAM. The seat is adjustable from 14-17.5 inches, and the child should be seated with feet flat on the ground. It is important to measure your child's inseam — it should be at least 15 inches. At 45-inches tall, kids tend to look a little big for the bike — their legs are just too long! The KaZAM bike is similar in size to a standard 12" frame bike, for reference.
How long will my child use it before he/she learns how to ride a bike
The answer to this varies depending on what age your child begins to use a KaZAM bike, and what their level of coordination/mobility is when they begin. Sometimes children are beginning to balance after a few days, sometimes a few months. The goal here is not to see how FAST they can learn to ride a bike, but rather to instill confidence, coordination and balance, so that they are able to transition onto a two-wheeler with ease. This really is a child-led process — they will do what comes naturally over time. They are ALL different (and for that we are thankful!)
Why is the footrest so important?
The KaZAM (patented frame design) with footrest is key — it helps them find their center of gravity, and offers a place for the child to rest their feet while balancing. The footrest's placement is similar to where their feet would be if they were on a pedaled bike in the coasting position. Plus, it's way more fun than having to stick your legs off to the side while cruising!
Are brakes necessary
Not so much. Kids will naturally put their feet down when they feel the need to stop. KaZAM should always be used on a flat surface (no hills or sloped driveways please!), so although they will work up some speed, they are always able to stop themselves by putting down their feet. Younger kids often do not have the coordination or manual strength to use a handbrake anyway. Plus — the fewer the distractions, the better. Simple is best!
What is the difference between air-filled tires and EVA tires
Air-filled tires are just like the tires on mom's and dad's bike — they have an inner tube (standard 12" tube) that will occasionally need to be refilled using a bike pump. Air-filled tires 'hug' the road, offering some stability. EVA tires are foam-filled — they are puncture resistant and do not need to be refilled. Lighter in weight, they offer ease of movement.
Why doesn't KaZAM come with a kickstand
There are two good reasons for this: a) KaZAM is designed with safety in mind — kids really get moving on the KaZAM, with legs kicked back in the "gliding" position, it could catch an ankle or a pants leg; b) we haven't come across a toddler yet who would take the time to use a kickstand! Once they're done for the day, it's off to the next fun event…
Can I add pedals to my KaZAM once my child has learned to balance
No, and here is the reason why: that's a tricky task for most parents. Adding a chain, crank and pedals is not really in our "wheelhouse" — no pun intended, and probably not yours either! Plus, by the time your little rider is ready for a pedaled bike, most likely they will be ready for the next size bike anyway.
Does the KaZAM come pre-assembled
KaZAM requires minimal assembly, no more than 10-15 minutes (see instruction manual) and comes with necessary tools.
Is there more than one size KaZAM
Not currently — KaZAM is offered in one size only, similar to a standard 12" bike frame. Please measure your child carefully according to FAQ 1-2.