What age for first geared bike?
Both my girls got 20″ geared bikes at 7 years and you will be surprised how useful they are. However make sure they can operate the gear lever – one has a Spesh Hotrock which has a lovely light action 6 speed twist grip but the other has a Mongoose Rocadile which is a great bike but has totally stiff unuseable 7 speed gripshift which I had to changePosted 3 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Got my lad a geared islabike for his 5th birthday. Didn’t take long to establish he’s not strong enough to change the gears so it stays in 2nd. Means he can get up most hills and more importantly cant ride faster than I can run!Posted 3 years ago
He seems to understand what the gears do and occasionally asks for me to put it in 1st on a steep climb but is happy to leave them for now and concentrate on learning to wheelie 🙂brassneckSubscriber
Mine all moved to gears as soon as they could ride a 20″ wheel (even if it was a bit 29er style).
They soon figure out how to use them, and they really extend the range and speed of your rides once they have them down. Our 5 year old (he’s tall for age) still hasn’t quite got the shifting down (uses about 3 sprockets in one direction, then forgets to change down) BUT – remember they don’t have to use them. Just the ability to select them a gear appropriate to the majority of the ride is a big bonus.Posted 3 years agobeakerSubscriber
Miss Beaker has just started riding a bike with gears (21 of them!) and has no problems. She has only used gears 1 to 7 so far but it has opened up her eyes to getting out further on a bike. The shimano Revoshift shifter she uses has such a light action. I hope to get her up to Swinley this week!Posted 3 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Our kid needs a new bike – he’s turning 6 and has outgrown his current one (16 inch wheels).Posted 3 years ago
Are gears worth it at this age? He knows if he wants to get as strong as Dad then he only needs one gear, but he’s asked about them a few times so they might be a fun addition. [He loves cycling, rides to school, at the weekend etc].
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