Family cycling help

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Johnno260, 6 Nov 2017.

  1. Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Hi I have made an error with my eldest child with cycling, she is 4.

    I went for a bike with stabilizers but she has pretty much outgrown it now and needs something else, now is it better to go balance bike? I know I should've done this from the outset but I would now like to correct this.

    My youngest daughter we have gone straight for a balance bike so I'm sorted there, I just want to take the best approach with my eldest, I'm concerned she will think a balance bike is babyish and it will dent her wanting to cycle.

    What are peoples opinions please?

    EDIT: I had considered using her current bike - the stabilisers as a balance bike, but it's a cheap Apollo and weighs more than my roadie, I don't want to put her off using it this way.
     
    Last edited: 6 Nov 2017
  2. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    I'd get her a starter bike - mine started at 4 on little 12" wheeled Ridgeback / Raleigh bikes. Anything better than an Apollo please - we found the Ridgeback MX12 / 16 / 20 / 24 range to be great value and lightweight.
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
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    Hi DC and thanks, I have learnt a lot since joining the forums and one of my biggest regrets is that Apollo for my daughter the weight is a joke for something so small.
     
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    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    My solution would be to remove the pedals from the current bike and promise that when she can use it like a balance bike then you will take her shopping for a new bike.
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

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    Frog is my top option once she can use a bike properly they look well built and light.

    My LBS is a Merida and Frog stockest as well.
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

    Location:
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    I could try this, my only concern is the weight as honestly the things weight is a joke.
     
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

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    Why not start with that as you have it to see how it goes, or if you are decided on the frog bike for her, then buy it and remove the pedals to allow her to use it as a balance bike to start with. I wouldn't buy her a purpose built balance bike as hopefully she would quickly pick up balancing and move onto pedalling.
     
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  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

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    [QUOTE 5029053, member: 45"]If she's outgrown the bike she will also have outgrown the wheel size. Learning to balance is easier, the bigger the wheels on the bike. I'd get her something that fits now with a bit of growing room, then take the pedals off.Getting her to learn to balance on a bike with small wheels is going to have her wobbling all over the place.[/QUOTE]
    The only thing being that she does need to be able to easily put her feet on the ground, so a bike bought with growing room might be a little big - but you would need to sit her on a couple of bikes to find out.
     
  10. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

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    [QUOTE 5029118, member: 45"]That's why I suggested buying something that fits now with growing room.

    Buying a bike that a child will grow into just puts them off developing[/QUOTE]
    Just adding information about how low the saddle needs to go at the balance stage, some parents have widely differing views on a bike with growing room!:thumbsup:
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

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    [QUOTE 5034445, member: 45"]There are Facebook groups where people sell used Islabikes or Frogs.[/QUOTE]

    Fantastic cheers mate I will take a look.

    My understanding with Frog bikes is the size relates to the inner leg measurement?
     
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  13. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    My half brother is 4 lives in netherlands and according to my dad he started off with a tricycle and then he also has a balance bike now. but you should get a balance bike or a bike that fits and take pedals off.
     
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  14. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    Location:
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    Echoing the thoughts of others somewhat, I'd go for an Islabike if you can stretch. Why? They are a gnat's nadger lighter than Frogs (we have a Frog now, btw) in the smaller sizes, which helps. (Although if I were buying new, I'd go for this: https://www.evanscycles.com/early-r...eoDBSikseiN6JxgzgHFzD7EGLy7dlOecaAhHYEALw_wcB which is even lighter)
    When you get it take the pedals off and have an outing as a balance bike. Second outing, put the pedals in your pocket with a spanner and play it by ear. My daughter was up and away on that second outing, it was truly gobsmacking. (and one of my prouder moments as a dad!)
     
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    Johnno260

    Johnno260 Senior Member

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    anyone have any experience with the Carrera Cosmos kids bike?
     
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