Choosing a Children’s Bike
Seeing your child riding their bike for the first time must be one of life’s great moments! Some of our staff at Criterium have had first-hand experience not to mention plenty of fun teaching their own son’s, daughters, nieces and nephews to ride. However, before you get to this point, you need to purchase the bike in the first place. It can seem like a bit of a daunting task choosing your child’s bike, but it doesn’t have to be. What size, do we need gears, do we go for stabilisers or balance bikes? We can talk you and your child through the entire process step by step from initial sizing to the final set-up of the new bike. One thing we always make clear though is Criterium Cycles sell proper children’s bikes not toys! The brand we have chosen for our kid’s bikes is Frog Bikes. Frog are a family owned firm based in Wales and are fairly unique in that they only do kids bikes. With their entire range purely focused on younger riders, they apply a level of attention to detail in the design and build of the bikes that is a cut above most other brands. From toddlers to teenagers there is a bike to suit.
The key to any bike is Fit. Bike Fitting is one of the pillars that we have built our reputation on, and we extend the same attention to detail in Bike Fitting to our younger customers too. A bike that is correctly set-up and fitted for the rider will be more stable and comfortable which in turn will give your child more confidence when riding. Frog share this approach when designing their bikes which is one of the many reasons we at Criterium decided to stock Frog Bikes. Frog make their bikes in a far bigger range of sizes than most of their competitors, which means we can get your child onto the biggest bike that fits thus giving a greater usable lifespan of the bike. As another brief example of this fit led approach, Frog has designed their own custom made crank arms that position the rider’s feet closer together. This helps to ensure children push more directly downward when pedalling, which helps in stabilising the hip and leg position ensuring more pedalling effort is converted to forward motion, and making the bike easier balance and ride.
Other little touches further enhance the riding experience. Things like higher quality gears and brakes which require less finger pressure to operate further enhance the riding experience. The brake levers on all models are fully adjustable for reach meaning smaller hands can still operate the brakes effectively. For all kids bikes purchased from Criterium Cycles, not only will we make sure to get your child onto the correct size of bike, we will also spend time setting up every aspect of the bike to suit the rider concerned. When that is done and dusted we will also show your child the easiest way to get on and off the bike, and also how to correctly use the brakes and – if fitted the gears too.
We want all children to experience the joy of cycling. By spending a little more time and applying a level of attention to detail we aim to give your child the best possible start to their lifetime of cycling. Visit us in-store to see the range of Frog Bikes today.