My youngest is doing his cycling proficiency this week at school, the letter gave very little information other than you must wear a helmet and have a safe bicycle. I gave the bike a once over and even though I cycle regularly, made the mistake of not refitting the rear reflector (had been removed to accomodate a mudguard). He was told he needed this to do his test.
My post is the instructor/examiner has had kids in tears and caused a lot of unrest amongst parents because many have been told that they cannot do the lessons or the test because of the state of their bikes. Should the information provided be a bit more informative as to what constitutes a safe bicycle? I'm sure many of us rode bikes when we were younger with bald tyres, no reflectors, stunt pegs on bake/front/both etc.
Cycling parents will obviously be a bit more savvy about the bikes but many parents just buy a kids bike and that's it.
Would welcome the opinions/comments from those on here who do cycling work with the schools.