We love to see kids riding, and we’re doing our part to get as many kids out there as possible. With social media, the internet, video games and TV gaining more and more influence over children of today, it is going to take some effort to turn our young public on to bikes. We stock and recommend Cannondale and Mongoose brand kids bikes because they offer the best riding experience for your child. Here’s why:
First, not all kids bikes are made equal…
The lighter the better. Most of the kids bikes today are almost heavier than the kid who will be riding it. Imagine picking up a bike that has fallen, or trying to turn around or accelerate to catch someone if your bike was the same weight as you. Not an easy proposition. Cannondale and Mongoose kids bikes have a lighter alloy frame at the core, and then other details that keep the weight as low as possible to ensure little Johnny or Suzy can keep up and enjoy their ride.
Second, getting the right size for a growing child isn’t easy…
The normal tendency is to get a size up so the kid can grow into the bike and so you can get a couple good years out of the bike, hopefully. We can assist with the right choice, and ensuring everything, from the brake lever reach for small hands to the seat height, is ideal for your boy or girl so you get the safest setup possible. Cannondale make bikes with extremely low standover height, allowing us to normally get a little one on the next size a little earlier – a feature that pays off in extra time on the bike.
Third, durability is important.
Quality kids bikes make great hand-me-downs and need little maintenance to run solid. Cheaper kids bikes replace the common steel bearings found in hubs, steering tube, and crank with plastic that deforms when big brother or dad decides to take a spin on it. Good kids bike last through several owners and can run smooth for many years.
Not all brands are equal, most are heavy and cheap bikes made for the masses – think Target and Anaconda. We stock brands that make bikes for kids that have the same attention to detail as we would expect as adults that ride nice equipment. Cannondale, GT, Mongoose and the most recent brand Frog are our chosen brands.
Frog Bikes is a new brand that we are carrying at Urban Pedaler. We import these bikes regularly direct from the United Kingdom, so there is something a little wait on getting the exact colour you want, but we have good stock in most sizes and colour in the shop all the time! The reason we are carrying Frog is to address to couple of gaps in our range that our other brands don't fill and that we see as important to offer to our customers. This includes Frog's incredibly light and well made balance bikes that feature a rear hand brake, as well as their road and track bikes. Having a child express an interest in riding a road bike or track bike normally comes from having a cyclist as a dad or mum! As we all know, once they've got the bug it's pretty hard to shake... From our experience in the local cycling clubs and watching the juniors train and race we noticed that a lot of kids were being stretched out on "dad's old track bike" or "the older sister's hybrid", and that didn't fit right with us and our philosophy at Urban Pedaler. An important part of kids' getting excited and keen about cycling is a proper fitting bike that is as light as we can get it. That's where Frog came in. Boasting super small lightweight alloy frames that double as both cyclocross and road bikes, as well as compact track bikes, Frog provides a solution to the eternally growing child. Spec'd with modern features, such as threadless headsets and centre-pull brakes there are no corners cut when it comes to these bikes. The Road models feature both integrated shift/brake levers like an adult road bike, but supplement these with cyclocross-style inline brake levers to help with the transition to a drop-bar. All contact points are also chosen with a "fit-first" mentality - narrow bikes, short drop bars and small reach levers are all parts that are there to help your child ride and perform the best on or off the velodrome!. We are the exclusive Frog dealer in Melbourne.
Our Kids Bike Commitment
Long term plan for keeping your kid safe and sized correctly – included in the purchase of every kids bike. Rely on us to help you keep those bikes running well and use our experience to keep them properly sized so they are both safe and efficient while riding.