On Buying Bikez* for Children
We here in the IT dept, have been meaning to write a buyers guide for ages and have utterly failed to get round to it but fortunately Bike Radar just did one. So we’ll link to that instead – links at the bottom of the article – one a general parents’ bike buying guide and the other a 20 inch bike buying guide.
The most important thing to remember is the best bike you can have is the one you have and for members who want to race we have a container full of bikes for you to borrow…
What the reviews don’t cover is resale value so it’s worth mentioning that Islabikes keep their value on the secondhand market astonishingly well meaning that, if you can stretch to the initial outlay, they can be used for a couple of years and yet still make most of their money back. Obviously this can actually make them a lot cheaper in the long run than a bike costing half as much. (In the run up to Christmas I’ve seen them going on ebay for within a couple of pounds of the new price, and in one case more.)
The Frog bikes are quite new to the market so it’s a bit soon to see how well they keep their value but they look very similar in spec and quality to Islabikes and are quite a bit cheaper. You can also try them out at Bilslands who also do a discount for Riderz.
Finally if you do want advice, and if you’ve read this far that is probably true, during the season there are often 80-100 kids in Bellahouston Park on a Saturday morning who would be delighted to show off their bike to you and let your child have a shot. Plus there’ll be quite a few grownups who have some fairly strong views on which bikes to buy and how much they have spent on them over the years! It’s also worth posting on Facebook – you never know someone might have one lurking at the back of the shed that they’ve been meaning to put on Fleabay for ages but haven’t quite got round to….
Riderz have a club membership through Decathlon – if you do buy anything please use club number 2090454240013 and we get points! Aldis and Lidl occasionally stock cycling gear in children’s sizes and all the stuff I’ve had from there has been cheap and ace, i’m still using an 8 year old hi-viz…
Club gear is “Pactimo” which is ordered though the club secretary; finally shoes can be really expensive and children grow out of them really quickly but the club has a boot bag for passing them on…
(In the interests of full disclosure Glasgow Riderz is supported by Billy Bilsland Cycles who are a stockist for Frog bikes. And the club has bought a few Islabikes over the years too. But don’t get the idea I was in any way asked to write this – I wasn’t. Nor did I get free stuff for saying nice things – I probably should, I mean it seems only fair, and I am open to bribery should any be offered but as yet none has been offered.
Additionally these are the views of one person and do not represent the views of the club, anyone else etc etc.)