- can you weigh your kids bikes pls?
I'll be looking for a secondhand 20" 6 or 7 speed kids bike soon. Naturally the enormous weight of most of these is on my mind (It's hilly round these parts). Got any figures to help me when it's bidding time?
Ridgeback 12 KG (yes)
Specialized – No data (Are they really too scared to tell us)
Islabikes Beinn 8.8Kg
Others?Posted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
My boy's 16" Raleigh (singlespeed) is about as heavy as my Yeti. I can confirm this as I had to carry the **** thing home last night! 😡
His next bike will be aluminium for definite. Dawes and Ridgeback seem to make the most reasonably priced alu frames from my research so far.Posted 8 years agoPontyMember
Santa is looking to bring my 5yr old a new bike at Xmas, he's currently flying around on his Islabike Cnoc 16 and the 2yr old is doing the same on his Rothan (great idea, great bike)……
The obvious choice would be the Beinn 20, and I'm in no doubt it would be a great bike, but it just doesn't look the part? Maybe it just needs some knobblier tyres?
By comparison, the Giant Multispeed XtC JNR TEAM 20" I came across online really looks like a grown up bike, you can have it in rigid or with front forks….I've not seen one in the flesh, to pick up etc, but it looks nice.
Would anybody like to share some pictures of the Beinn 20, possibly with knobblier tyres to convince me, or experiences/comments about the Giant
Many thanksPosted 8 years agotakaMember
why dont people just build up 14" aliminuim frames with 24" wheels cheap forks n hydro brakes etc? and it could proberly be built cheaper than some kids bikes i built my little cousion a 14" brandx frame with dmr 24" wheels rockshox dart 3 forks tetro hydro brakes, 170mm cranks for around £240 depends on the size of the kid i guess 😉Posted 8 years agoGWMember
why not lb?
Daughter's 20" Spesh hardtail = 21lb – it's not the standard build tho.. has a few old bits of mine on it and better tyres, her 16" Redline BMX is 14lb
Taka – because the reach on a 14" adult frame is too long for a child and it will ride shite with 24" wheels stuck on. do you actually think 170mm cranks are suitable for kiddie sized legs too?Posted 8 years agoepicsteveMember
I built my son a bike based on a 14" trials frame, 26" wheels and 170mm crankswhen he outgrew the 20" wheeled Hotrock he had previously. Much smaller than him (he's a tad over 5' now) and I don't think it would have worked well though. Using 26" wheels meant I could use bits I already had lying around so the only thing I actually had to buy for it was the frame (the cranks were originally meant to go on a bike for my wife).
He loves the bike as it's much lighter than any of his friends and has some good kit on it – XT crank, mechs and shifters, disk brakes etc.Posted 8 years agotinribzMember
Islabikes Beinn 20in – 9.9Kg / 22Lbs – http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/kids/product/beinn-20in-9631
24" Raleigh Awesome from LBS 14.5kgs – 32lbs 😯
Islabikes Beinn 26 Small (09) Rigid? – 11kgs / 24lbs http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/kids/product/beinn-26-small-09-32871
26" 10 year old girls from bits lying around in the garage inc 1990s dual air SIDs, womens 14.5" Schwinn from flea bay, new Deore drive train, grips / bits n bobs all for under 150 GBP – 11.5kgs / 25lbsPosted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
Redline flite junior – ~14.7 lbs They're really nicely built and specced.
Jeez! It should be "nicely built" for nearly £500! £500 for something they'll just grow out of. Blimey there's some loaded parents around!Posted 8 years agoCrellMember
hotrocks aren't heavy at all for what they are. (some of the parts are tho) also but bear in mind the Redline is more than twice the price with no gears or suspension.
I always saw a bike as the sum of its parts. It would be much better without the sus but I imagine it would loose some of its appeal.
Jeez! It should be "nicely built" for nearly £500! £500 for something they'll just grow out of. Blimey there's some loaded parents around!
They do grow out of them, then you sell them on. I will get back pretty much what I paid for it. If I compare the engineering on the redline to my more (retail) expensive Formula cruiser it shames it. There are a suprisingly high proportion of kids on £800-£1000+ retail bikes at BMX races – but it's certainly not a sport with what you'd associate an equivalent number of "loaded" parents. I guess some people have different priorities.Posted 8 years agojoolsburgerMember
Isla bikes do hold value. Sold mine for 20 pounds less than retail after two years use it was a CNOC 14.
Ended up with a Ridgeback for his next two years (MX16) but as soon as he's big enough I'll go for a Cube. Isla's bikes are great but he decided he wanted a blue bike and there was no telling him!!!Posted 8 years ago
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