/ recommend me a kids bike
ideally he would like something geared, but I have seen that Raleigh burners we remade a few years ago, and they are a classic at his age (I had a mag burner in yellow and blue, amazing).
Also, I have seen the raleigh chopper is available again (and is geared) - is this still the height of childhood coolness or is it just old blokes who now think this? Will he be vilified by his peers for my retro tastes?
anyone got any useful suggestions about what a "cool" (and functionally useful) bike is for a 7-10 year these days?
Not sure about cool but have a look at Isla bikes. Got a balance one for my daughter and it's very well made and you can trade them up as they get bigger.
Hope that's useful
However, if I think back to my 7 year old self, Im not sure I would have been top buzzing receiving a bike with a girls name for Xmas.
Thats possibly not the most progressive, non gender stereotyping, pc perspective, sorry.
A kid in our village got a Raleigh Chopper when they 1st came out, we thought it was dead cool for all of about 5 minutes until we rode it & realised what a truly awful bike they were
is that the MX20? Is it in silver or black? I may be interested depending on condition, price, location etc
> A kid in our village got a Raleigh Chopper when they 1st came out, we thought it was dead cool for all of about 5 minutes until we rode it & realised what a truly awful bike they were
that is probably a fair point.
I'll be selling it on before Xmas but too small for your lad, but good brand.
It is worth trying to get them to accept one without front sus as the small sus forks are completely non functional, and add a ton of weight and cost.
Choppers are pretty, but foul to ride. I crashed one horribly as a kid and knocked some teeth out after getting high speed wobble. Have you considered a BMX bike? Simple to maintain , light, and normally comparatively good vfm.
You used to be able to get them stickered up with your kid's name for a little extra - can't remember if it means the Isla bit is still there or not, but might take the edge of it.
Mind you, my very nearly 7 year old lad isn't in the least bothered by the name.
My son got a specialized hot rock 20 mountain bike for his Christmas 2 years ago he was 7.
He still loves it now.
I've been through a range of Islabikes for my kids. Whilst others have been on Dirt jumping styled bikes and 'full sussers' which may at first look fashionable, they are in fact inefficient and cumbersome. Fortunately now, Islabikes are much better styled and have more then the standard gray colour!
If you want your kids to love cycling and really progress, go Islabikes all the way,
If you want the cool factor, Scott, Trek and Specialized all do decent kids mountain bikes.
I think someone else has also suggested it but a decent bmx is just amazing fun, don't rule one out.
My daughter has a Specialized Hot Rock 20 inch. She adores it, and has accompanied me around the easier parts of the Gisburn trails with no problems. It even has DCD-type chain guide! A bit pricey, but good build quality, and the shocks are easy to service.
+1+1 for IslaBikes
Both our boys started on Isla balance bikes and our oldest (5 and bit) is now on a geared Beinn 20-Small.
They hold value very well if you want to sell on.
They are good.. But it annoys me that spokes and brake noodles rust on them.
Cnoc 12 and beinn 20 small
I'm a bikeability trainer and see a whole raft of bikes. The cheap and cheerful are heavy AND the brake system components are poor, therefore it makes it really hard for the children to stop.
The combination of weight and poor components makes it hard to ride and difficult to stop - that can very easily scare a child.
Isla bikes are well made, use quality components, designed for children not to a budget and are a joy to ride. And then trade them up as the child grows. I hope that your son enjoys his cycling.
I just think they look dead cool.
My 7 year old daughter has had an Isla beinn 20 for her birthdays today and it has instantly made a massive difference to her riding. The quality is superb and it is very light - 7kg compared to my sons 24 inch Wheeled specialised bike
Secondly, look at the size of the bikes especially the standover compared to your son's inside leg measurement. This will give a better idea if a bike is worth looking at rather than the age the manufactures says it will fit. Then get him to try before you buy. Just to show you that sizes can be missleading, BKB Jr at age 8 was riding an adult XS MTB.
Whatever bike you choose, I hope he has lots of fun :-)
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