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#1 SeaPrincess

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

As the title says....

I always thought my mum was a bit of a PITA making us wear shoes every time we got on our bikes.
Then I found out that a relative chopped his big toe off in his bicycle pedal when he was 5 - I had always thought it was his chain.

#2 Liv_DrSperm_sh

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

yup, my kids have to wear closed shoes on their bikes...I'm not too keen on the idea of having to stick toes in bags! Also, pedals are bloody uncomfortable!

#3 Jeyamoo

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

I severely injured by big toe when it was caught in the spokes of my bicycle whilst riding barefoot as a child. So yes my children always wear shoes when riding a bike.

#4 daisydo

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

Yes the kids wear shoes when riding their bikes.

#5 boatiebabe

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:12 AM

I can be fairly relaxed about a lot of things when it comes to the kids but I DO insist on shoes (and helmet) when they are riding bikes or scooters.

#6 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

Mine seems to have trouble peddling without.

#7 lozoodle

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

Yes. It makes it easier to pedal anyway.

#8 dolcengabbana

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

Yes always also on the scooter and skate board too.

I insist on full shoes no thongs, sandals, open toes.

#9 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

I nearly ripped a toe off as a child so even though DS is a few years off I think shoes when riding is somethig I'll try to make sure happens!

#10 Zesty

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

Shoes and helmet always.

#11 BabyBumbleBee

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:28 AM

Fully enclosed shoes and a helmet always. Otherwise I wouldn't let her on it.

#12 Feraldadathome

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

Shoes or these sandals. Always. http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/product/...er/newport%20h2

Edited by dadathome, 10 December 2012 - 12:10 PM.

#13 melaine

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

My kids use their feet to stop their balance bikes and scooters - so yes, shoes on always!

eta - I buy closed toe sandals so they can ride in their sandals.

Edited by melaine, 10 December 2012 - 12:17 PM.

#14 Chazee

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

Oh my goodness, parenting fail #2 for me... i don't really care if they're wearing shoes or not!

#15 Leggy

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

Always - when I was in grade 1 a kid in our class chopped his big toe off in the spokes of his bike. It made quite an impression on us! I could never bring myself to ride shoeless after that, so DN thinks shoes are as essential as a helmet for riding.

#16 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

QUOTE (Anlawich @ 10/12/2012, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh my goodness, parenting fail #2 for me... i don't really care if they're wearing shoes or not!

I think you will find that the people who are most adamant about this Anlawich are those who have witnessed a 'toe incident'.

The "no thongs on bikes" rule only came into effect in my family AFTER the 'toe incident of 76'... but I can assure you my sister (it was her toe) and all our friends and cousins who were there that day all wore shoes themselves from that moment on and all now insist on their own children wearing shoes on bikes too.

Not something you want to see - trust me!

#17 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

Never even thought about it (guess cos they are always in shoes on their bikes because they are outside). But had no idea it was so dangerous - thanks, will now know to make it a rule!

#18 Ireckon

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:11 PM


We had a "toe incident" on a scooter, and it was horrible - it was actually at MIL's and I was just arriving to pick the kids up. DD ripped a fair whack of skin and nail off (she was about 5).

Of course...when I was about 13, I came a cropper off my bike, no helmet, but with closed in shoes....I ripped a chunk of skin out of my knee as I slid around a corner. And another time, I didn't quite make it up the other side of a storn drain, and slid back down.. More than once actually, I still have scars to prove it!!

But back to OP...yes, closed in shoes a must on bikes for us.

#19 50ftqueenie

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

In the backyard I've always considered helmet and shoes optional. EB has me thinking now...

Growing up we rarely wore shoes in the backyard and only wore helmets when riding in the street. It's funny, because growing up my sisters and I nicknamed our Dad "safety Sam" because we felt he was such a panic merchant and we seemed to have a lot of rules other kids didn't. Ha!

#20 *maddierose*

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

Always. I also had a toe accident not wearing shoes. Not as severe as almost losing it though.

#21 Lagom

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Always.  Shoes and helmets are the rule.

#22 Jembo

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Never thought about it, if they want to wear them they do, if they don't they don't. I would say mostly they do as the pedals are unfomfortable on bare skin and a lot of skiddies happen at our place which probably need shoes  cause the feet do go down to go sideways.

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