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Karen Beaudoin

Karen Beaudoin is a life-long Mainer, which means she’s a fan of the Red Sox (World Champs again! Take that Yankee fans), whoopee pies, Ogunquit Beach, the L.L. Bean boot mobile and vacations in tropical locations in February and March. Ninety-eight percent of her work week is spent as web editor for; during the remaining “fun” percent she contributes to

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Posted: July 31, 2014

Kids and bikes go together at L.L. Bean rodeo

Written by: Karen Beaudoin

These days it seems kids are almost never too young to start riding a bike.

Back when most of us were children, the bike progression went from tricycle to training wheels to our mom or dad running beside us as we struggled to get our balance on that first two-wheeler sans training wheels.

Today strider bikes and balance bikes are the new starter rides, allowing kids as young as 2, 3 or 4 to “ride” a two-wheeler.

Of course what they are really doing is helping the child grow his or her confidence in the saddle while doing all the “pedaling” work with their feet on the ground.

Young riders can get some help, instruction and maybe a few challenges on Aug. 9 during L.L. Bean’s KidsFest at Moose Park (behind the Bike, Boat & Ski store) in Freeport. The retailer will offer a bike rodeo from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Helmets are required for the L.L. Bean bike rodeo. Shutterstock photo

Helmets are required for the L.L. Bean bike rodeo. Shutterstock photo

Families can bring their own bikes or use one provided by L.L. Bean. Reps from the Bike, Boat & Ski Store will set up a fun and challenging obstacle course so kids can test and improve their riding skills.

Helmets are required and will be provided and the rodeo is for ages 3 and older.

And if you have a kid who is into biking, make sure he or she has the right safety equipment. This video from WCSH 6 has great information about helmets:

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