/ Kids' bikes
Yes it's that time of year...can anyone recommend a good first kid's bike. Not looking for the cheapest but they're only 5 so clearly it will be outgrown in a few years.
Frog bikes are brilliant but pricey, though they hold their value for re-sale.
I asked the same question last week BTW, useful info here (I bought a Pinnacle Ash in the end, Evans gave me £20 for his old bike which swung it) In summary, everyone raves about Islabikes, which if you can afford seems to be the way to go... I wasn't interested due to the name (see thread). I looked at Frog, Hoy, Wiggins, Orbea and Pinnacle. In my opinion they are all much of a muchness, there is very little difference in weight and components are all very similar.
Islabikes are very good too. The Cnoc range of models is good for a 5 year old. Pricey but very well made.
I second frog bikes. My 5 year old is getting his second, frog 52 hybrid (has gears) 20" wheels. He's just outgrown 14".
Giant also have a 20" for kids. Both are about £300. I'm hoping it will do 3 years and then another 3 with my daughter.
Cuda are also good.
If you're prepared to stump up to get on the Islabike bike bandwagon with a decent secondhand cnoc, you can progress up the range selling each one for only a little less than you bought it for 2 years previous. I've 2 kids and on our 4th Islabike and by the time we've finished with Islabikes in a few years, will probably not have spent more than a few hundred pounds in total (to enjoy about £2,000 of bikes at rrp).
Having looked at Frog as well, I preferred Islabike as they have a little more relaxed geometry. Frog seemed to me to be a bit more stretched. Both brands are good though and a key plus is their relative light weight. Cheaper kids bikes are so heavy and not conducive to learning good bike handling.
> Cheaper kids bikes are so heavy and not conducive to learning good bike handling.
Or, indeed, to wanting to ride a bike at all!
Very true! A love of cycling is mandatory in our house and worthy of investment.
I'd look at resale value. Kids outgrow them fast! Isla and frog, if bought second hand, will resell for about the same as you paid for it. Don't know about the others, but worth looking at.
thanks all - really helpful...Isla or Frog it is then!
Go 2nd hand Islabikes
You pretty much get the money you paid for it back 2 year later
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