Get your kids into cycling at an early age – it’s fun, healthy and an essential skill for life! From your toddler’s first balance bike to family cycle rides together, kids can learn to enjoy the great outdoors and feel safe on a bike they love. Yes Christmas is over - but now could be the perfect time to snap up a bike for your little loved ones. Retailers have got some fantastic discounts on children's cycles this week and here are our favourites for ages 2 to 12:
Oh to be 12 all over again - just to be able to ride this beautiful offering from Genesis. With a double-butted polished aluminium frame, this bike has seen various tweaks and improvements on the 2014 model including CST C-245 40c tyres replace last years’ Michelin World Tour 35c (no gumwall sidewalls for a more modern look) making it an excellent multi-terrain all-rounder. At £467.49 with 15% off at Hargroves Cycles, it's still on the pricey side, but their finance deal makes it just £14.56 a month! Your kids will love you for ever...!
How about a fat bike for your 5-7 year olds? Planet X have a range of cool designs with fun tyres which have a huge 25% off before 25th January with the code: PXLIQUID25. Packed with the same quality design features and craftsmanship as their full-sized mountain bikes, the Piccolino is a 'Honey I Shrunk The Bike' kiddie-sized version. The Piccolino frame is made using oversized 6061-T6 alloy tubing and they've squeezed in a burly 20" wheelset ready to tackle anything. It also features disc brakes and seven Shimano gears! With seriously grippy 2.5" Maxxis tyres, the Piccolino turns any family weekend bike ride into an adventure the kids will love.
And one for the little ladies, this The Ridgeback Cherry is an ideal girl's introduction into proper mountain biking. Built with a lightweight 6061 aluminium frame, the Cherry comes in eye catching pink with contrasting graphics so your child with be more than happy to be seen out and about on it. The bike comes with a Shimano 6 Speed drivetrain which gives a great introduction to gears and provides enough range to help them get up and over all sorts of terrain. Braking is taken care of by v-brakes which are activated by levers specifically sized for children's hands and are powerful enough to keep them out of trouble. This 20" bike is currently reduced by 43% and is available for £124.99 at Tweeks while stocks last.
Here's a bike to rival Frog Bike's Team Sky road bike for kids - how about a Felt F24? This 2016 model is suitable for riders between 9-11 years with 24" wheels. With everything from the frame geometry to the lever/shifter reach tailored to the smaller rider and all the performance of Felt's full sized F series bikes, the 2016 F24 is the ultimate Junior race bike. Wlggle also have an F24X Cross bike version on offer for £434.25 with 25% off.
Something a little more sedate perhaps - a Bobbin Brownie. This charming 'sit up and beg' Dutch style bicycle comes in blossom pink, St Ives green and dark blueberry. It features an optional pannier rack and 24" wheels making it suitable for children up to about 11 years or 142cm. The 2015 Brownie is a simple steel looped-frame bicycle, designed for young women who want a classic bike that can handle a few hills. It features a comfy Bobbin sprung saddle and 7 speed Shimano gears. At the moment it comes with 25% off at Wiggle for £225.
And finally, for the littlest members of your family, what better way to get them into cycling than by buying them a balance bike. Balance bikes help children learn to ride naturally rather than having to make that scary transition from stabilisers to two wheels! Evans Cycles have 20% off this natty red United Recruit 2015 BMX style balance bike at just £119.99 suitable from 2 years of age. Get your kids off to a flying start for their whole cycling lives!