In a sign of the times, toy manufacturer Little Tikes is seeking to capitalize on Peloton's success by releasing a for-children version called the Pelican.
The $158 bike comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, and a handlebar mount for a tablet or smartphone, so that your child can continue staring into a screen as they cycle to nowhere. Little Tikes says they're posting "Free Trainer Adventure Videos" to YouTube that they can watch as they pedal.
I understand that there's a pandemic going on, but I'd have thought cycling outside, weather permitting, would be one of the healthier things a child can do.
Unsurprisingly, when asked to comment on this product "child development experts aren't having it," CNN Business reports.
"They say a stationary bicycle, especially one with a screen attached, is a step backward for what a bicycle can mean to child development. Kids riding a stationary bike lose the learning experiences that come from roaming their neighborhood on foot or on bike.
"'It just feels so bogus to me. And it doesn't feel like something that kids will use a lot,' Roberta Golinkoff, a University of Delaware professor who studies child development, told CNN Business.
"'Kids want to be part of the real world,' said Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting childhood independence. 'A stationary bike doesn't prepare them for anything but moving their legs in a circular motion.'"
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You're all taking this a little too literally. For better or worse, kids imitate their parents. If little Bobby or Jenny sees Mommy or Daddy sweatin' away on a Peloton, they're going to want to do the same.. Nothing to do with burning calories, all about getting Mommy or Daddy to fork over $158.
Maybe "riffing off the Peleton" would be a better subtitle. Would be a bold IP claim to think Peleton owns that screen commonality.
Because kids who live in densely populated urban areas which are inherently unsafe for even fully-grown cyclists and/or are prone to life-threatening asthma attacks don't need any exercise.