Kids road biking
Anonymous Posts: 79,667
edited February 2013 in Family & kids cycling forum
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being pants, 10 being great), how easy (product choice/product availability/cost) do you feel it is to get children (aged around 10) into road biking?
It really depends upon the child - as well as their prior experiences, the rides and mentors they have accessible to them. For some, they'll love it. For others, they'll hate it. For an annoying number, they'll try it for a while and then something else will come along.
I don't think there's a magic number, formula or scale.
I was only talking about the bike/kit, and assuming the child wants to do it.
A-ha... well, there's certainly plenty of kit out there. But, seeing how it doesn't sell quite as well as BMXs or (generally cheap, heavy) MTBs, it'll be priced accordingly. That being said, there's plenty of players out there doing smaller wheeled roadies for kids. 22", 24", 26" wheels. So the more that do it, the more mainstream it'll become.
Just a thought - Check out Planet-X, they have some on sale this very minute, I believe!
Yes I saw those. Look really nice but I had just got a Felt.
It's about £130 more than I paid for the Felt but I may have been tempted had I seen it first.
Its my daughters so green colour of the Felt is a bit more fun too. Have not compared spec but weights are both good.
Not sure I would agree on there being plenty of kit around though. Not just bikes, but clothing too.
Not my experience in the UK.
We have 3 bike shops in town. The best one used to stock Moda but has recently stopped.
The other good one advised me not to bother with anything smaller than 700c wheeled road bikes, and the third refused to accept that junior road bikes even existed.
Online is slightly better. Generally having one model, but virtually no kit in kids sizes.
Its funny that we have just held a successful Olympics and are constantly told about 'inspiring a generation, but that generation that were inspired by the track and road cyclists will just have to wait a couple of years until they grow a bit
Totally. It will take a while, but it will come. Manufacturers test the market, people start buying, manufacturers extended range to meet demand...
A good example of this is Moda, who are a fairly small UK outfit. They have done their Moda Minor and Major (24" and 650 wheel) road bikes for a couple of yearsLovely bikes, in fact my son had one for a while. I hardly saw any around until the past 12 months when they have started to be come more popular, and they are up against Islabikes at a similar price bracket remember. Moda have now released a cross version of each. They wouldn't have done that without seeing a market and kudos to them for giving it a go.
My cycling club do kids sizes so bib shorts and jerseys are not a problem, and great value too.
She has most things now. Just need some long finger gloves really. Ladies XS are still a little big.
but i was dissapointed with th uk stock , & have found that its best to tru children in the kit rather than order online
as sizes vary so much ....