Good quality Childs Bikes. . .

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  1. figoagogo

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    Hi

    My 4 year old (5 in July!) has grown out of his current bike, but he is still on stabilisers. I want to get him a decent new (or 2nd hand) bike that he can learn to ride and then use with out stabilisers. Once he gets going I would like him to ride a lot, my wife and I like going out on the bikes and the 2 year old goes on the back.

    Most of the bikes in the main shops are not of great quality, the one he has now is a Raleigh, but its pretty heavy and the brake is un-useable.

    Any models out there worth looking at, what brands, I don't want to spend a fortune but happy to pay more than the usual price for kids bike - I think 2nd hand is best as kids grow out of bikes quickly, but need models/ideas before I go hunting on EBAY.

    Any good bargain places to buy from.

    Also any tips for learning to ride with out stabilisers. On his current bike he just doesn't seem to go fast enough to even consider taking them off. I recall when I was a kid, I was scared ****less about learning to ride.
     
  2. Ned Senior

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    Good luck my lad was 17 when he decided to learn amidst lots of help from his 8year old half sisters and his mate...
    Had to go and buy him a Mongoose that day as had always been promised!!! :eek:
    Then as he had never actually gotten a bike for christmas ever I got him a shiny Rock Lobster mountain bike a couple of years later on the big day again>:eek:

    happy times mate happy times :)

    Go take a look around halfords BTW but if you buy one there get your local bike store to check it out and make sure it is assembled both properly and safeley by the students working part time at halfords
     
  3. figoagogo

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    hopefully my lad will be riding before 5, I reckon his younger brother will be doing it by 3/4.
     
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    How much are you prepared to pay?

    My advice would be to speak to a cycle shop and have some sort of budget in mind

    If you want a lighter bike then make sure it's aluminium but they are more expensive than steel ones
     
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    £100 may be £150 - but I thought if there was a good brand to go for I could maybe pick up 2nd hand for less.
     
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    We got our 5 year old son a Ridgeback MX16 - it's a great bike. Most of the local bike shops sell them. Cost about £100 but it's a really good bike (imo). Aluminium frame so it is nice and light, shimano running gear (no gears) and tektro v-brakes. Really nice stable bike and easy to ride compared to his old steel raleigh with the stabilisers. He just got on it and shot off on his own.:smashin:

    You can also change the handlebar height as well as the seat height to get more use out of it. My advice is don't do for too big a bike at that age. The 16" isn't a big step up from the old 12" and gives them confidence that they can ride it. Friends of ours went for an 18" or 20" and their kid can't ride it.

    Lots of people seen to have the MX16 so you should be able to pick up a 2nd hand one. Watch out if you do want to put stabilisers on though as the aluminum frame is a bit oversized and a lot of "standard" stabilisers won't fit. Ours didn't but in the end we didn't need them.
     
  7. figoagogo

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    Nice info - thanks.

    I have a feeling once he is on a better bike he will take to riding with out stabilisers quickly.
     
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    we found our son who learned on stabilisers couldn't take them off easily. He hadn't learned to balance. We bought him a micro scooter which taught him balance quickly, then he moved onto a new bike without stabilisers quickly.

    For our daughter, we bought a balance bike - specialised one cost about £80! but its basically a bike with no pedals. She learnt to balance really quickly and was scooting around with no feet on the ground no problem before she was 4. Highly recommended.
     
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    I have seen them, but I think we missed the opportunity now, so he will have to learn the hard way!
     
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    My son learnt to ride using a like-a-bike. As it didn't have pedals or stabilizers, he was forced to learn balance very quickly, the knock on effect was his ability to ride a pedal bike without stabilizers by the time he was 3. Your son maybe a little large for this now, but it's a great way to learn to ride.

    For your son, I'd take a look at the childrens bikes from Specialized. Great quality bikes :smashin:
     
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    Raleigh still make very solid kid's bikes.
     
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    I've always tried to get my children decent bikes - they are 10 and 14 now and have just got new bikes - Specilized Myka HT and Specialized Rockhopper.

    The problem is that they grow so quickly so you are lucky if you get a couple of years use out of them. And then they are hard to sell because the buying public have spotted that they can get an all singing all dancing bike for £70 from Tesco - rubbish and heavy but that's the comparison they make.

    When my daughter was 6 I got her a Dawes redtail (20" Wheel). Very nice bike, light alloy frame and good brakes. It cost £130 and after 2 years of very light use (the bike looked new) I had real difficulty selling it and finally had to let it go for £40.

    My son has just out grown his Specialized Hardrock (lasted him 1.5 years) and again I doubt I could sell it for anything reasonable - so my wife is inheriting that one.

    So it's a difficult one. The cheap all singing, all dancing bikes are truely terrible but you have to weigh that up against the fact that in less than 2 years you'll be trying to sell it because your child needs something bigger.

    Cheers,

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    Very valid points - thats why I was talking about 2nd hand, I thought if I looked on Ebay etc that would be decent bikes going for silly money.
     
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    He is using a Raleigh now, I would agree with solid, perhaps too solid (heavy!) - and its now too small.
     
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    We got our son a Dawes Blowfish which I can highly recommend. Good quality little bike for a 4 - 8 year old boy. It didn't come with stabilisers but the shop we bought the bike from fitted a set for £10.00.
     
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    Just another tip - when you pick up the bike from the shop, get them to adjust the brake levers in a fair bit for the kid's smaller hands. This is another wee confidence booster when they can easily work the brakes and gets them used to operating the 2 brakes properly.

    Best of luck - I'm sure he'll be scooting along in no time.
     
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    was looking at them yesterday, they look great.
     
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    My two boys both ended up coming off stabilisers on the same afternoon - the younger one was about a month before his 3rd birthday! Involved an afternoon of me and SWMBO on the very quiet level road outside our house running behind them holding on to the seat until they went fast enough to let go (mostly without them realising), then catching them before they fell off. Gradually managed longer and longer between release and catch until they were pretty much on their own. After that, just a matter of practise, until they could turn, stop and start (the hardest bit), on their own.

    You'll be knackered, but it'll be worth it :).
     
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