What bike for a 3 year old?
I wanted to get an Islabike for my boy, but got the Ridgeback MX16 instead. Nice little bike, if a little heavy perhaps. But it’s a proper bike in all respects; proper spoked wheels, square tapered BB, headset restrictor (to make it harder for the bike to throw him off) and decent brakes.
Highly recommended, although it’s only £50 cheaper than the Islabike…Posted 4 years agogarthmerenghiMember
Has he already got the hang of a balance bike? If not, go with a balance bike and then get him a pedal bike when he hits 4. He won’t ever need stabilisers. Brought a wee tear to my eye watching both my 2 pedal off with even having to think about getting their balance. They both had a Stryker balance bike initially.Posted 4 years agoDrPMember
I concur – second hand cnoc 14 – sooooo lovely for their little hands!
My lad properly took to his yesterday! Had done a few pedal rotations before, but it suddenly clicked yesterday 😀
Went on a big ride (about 900yds) after the ‘out and back’ in the video, and about twice that today!
You can also laugh at the wife waddling behind him – he’s a bit short to touch the floor when he stops!
DrPPosted 4 years agoEarlMember
I’ve got one of these for sale (though unless your in Bristol the postage ain’t worth it)
Really very good as the bars can be raised/lowered with a single hex, the seat is qr, and the training wheels can be removed by hand in about 30sec so you can take them off and put them on 5 times in the park.
Remove the pedals an you have a balance bike for a while.
Both my 2 were pedaling on and no trainer wheels by the time they were 3 1/2 so time flys. My boy is less than 4 1/2 and he moved on to a 16″ last week.Posted 4 years agoocriderMember
My youngest graduated from the bike that Earl posted up there to a Cnoc 16 and the difference is more than blatently obvious!
The 12″ wheeled Decathlon bike weighed more than my Scandal 29er, whereas the Cnoc is under 6 Kgs. Brake handles are cheap plastic, the Isla ones are metal and the riding position…..I could go on for hours.Posted 4 years agoEarlMember
ocrider – you are completely right – the bike does weight a tonne – but so does a dh rig – The advantage is the easily removable trainer wheels. Over a week I would take him down to the park and take the trainers off for a while then put them back on to ride home.
If I had to do it all again I’d get a like a bike jumper http://www.likeabike.co.uk/likeabike_models/likeabike_jumper.php. Lots of cash but seeing some other kids on it at the park – it is truly orsome.
End of day – if you get a isla/jumper you’ll pay up front but the resale is excellent so its worth it.Posted 4 years ago
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