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Lightweight kids bike £139.99 ebay / buydirectltd

£139.99 @ eBay
Lightweight kids bike similar to frog or Isla bikes at £300-400. Bike looks good and set up easily. Read More
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Lightweight kids bike similar to frog or Isla bikes at £300-400. Bike looks good and set up easily.
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#1
That actually looks decent for the money but if considering this bear in mind the resale value (which will be next to nothing). If you buy a used Isla or Frog you'll pretty much get your money back at resale time...
#3
I appreciate frog and Isla do keep value if used carefully and looked after. My 5 year old hammers his bikes all would be pretty knackered after a year and lose more value than this bike cost. Also don't have to be too precious at this price
#4
I think to lose £140 off a £200 used Isla bike you'd have to drive a bus over it, even battered ones go for over £150, still YMMV.
#5
was really comparing to new Isla at £380 or new frog at £300.
#6
Is aluminium really necessary for a child's bike. Is weight critical? Most children's bike's are made of steel for a reason. It's stronger and takes more abuse. Also do you really need gears, keeping bikes simple for kids often makes them safer. I'd go for a simple BMX bike over this for a child. It doesn't even have a derailleur guard so presumably the cheap tourney plastic derailleur will get damaged as soon as the bike is allowed to fall over on the drive side. Unless your planning on going on one of those family bike rides where he/she will need gears to keep up then a simple bike would be better and likely more fun. Are you capable of maintaining and repairing the gears?

https://www.tesco.com/direct/terrrain-bmx-1020t-20-wheel-yellow-kids-bike/178-0533.prd?promoId=promo45800065&skuId=178-0533

Also why buy new, s/hand child's bike's go super cheap on ebay, facebook etc.
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bonzobanana
Is aluminium really necessary for a child's bike. Is weight critical? Most children's bike's are made of steel for a reason. It's stronger and takes more abuse. Also do you really need gears, keeping bikes simple for kids often makes them safer. I'd go for a simple BMX bike over this for a child. It doesn't even have a derailleur guard so presumably the cheap tourney plastic derailleur will get damaged as soon as the bike is allowed to fall over on the drive side. Unless your planning on going on one of those family bike rides where he/she will need gears to keep up then a simple bike would be better and likely more fun. Are you capable of maintaining and repairing the gears? https://www.tesco.com/direct/terrrain-bmx-1020t-20-wheel-yellow-kids-bike/178-0533.prd?promoId=promo45800065&skuId=178-0533
Also why buy new, s/hand child's bike's go super cheap on ebay, facebook etc.

So amazingly wrong on the weight issue. Most kids bikes are made of steel because....IT'S CHEAP RUBBISH!

Adults are crying if they buy a road bike over 10kg and you expect kids to be pushing around 15kg? Weight was the biggest stumbling block to getting my lad going on his bike, his 12inch steel framed bike weighed more than my road bike by some margin. Once we got him a lightweight frame he was off.

When kids are just starting, the last thing they need is struggling to even get moving. As for strength, what exactly do you think a 4-7 year old will be doing to break a bike? If I can jump an aluminium framed hardtail in a skatepark then kids won't be breaking anything. Aluminium isn't chocolate.
#8
I guess there steel because it is cheaper to manufacture, stronger, easier to weld well in low cost factories and maybe the end consumer a small child won't be cycling too far and part of the motivation of the parents is for the child to develop strength and wear themselves out to become a strong adult. I noticed you haven't disagreed about the gears.
Most children's bikes are steel and also as you can imagine most of us as children used steel bikes. I treated bikes really badly as a child, taking them to the park doing jumps and generally giving them massive abuse they were never intended for.

It seems bike snobs have no boundaries when it comes to age and their obsession in criticising a bike's weight. Bromptons are also made of high tensile steel and at the premium end of folding bikes at least.

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struggling to even get moving
So funny it's like your trying to give them impression its made of lead pipes or something. Even the cheap bikes of today are much lighter than past bikes. I think my Raleigh Grifter must have been a huge weight, hub gears, steel wheels, thicker heavier frame tubing, all steel components. Somehow I performed stupid jumps on it and did lots of crazy stuff and the brakes weren't even that good, had to allow plenty of stopping time.

Aluminium is pretty much chocolate compared to steel if its hasn't been welded well. Nowhere near as easy to weld as steel. Some of the worst weakest frames ever were the one step up cheap dual suspension bikes that had aluminium instead of steel and were hand welded on the cheap and prone to failure. Again that is a quality issue but not all aluminium frames are equal.

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5419311

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/20-racingboy-300-kids-bike-id_8339604.html

For those reading interested in a child's bike go along to Halfords with your child and get him/her to try out various bikes, see what they like and ask about maintenance and other issues. Even if you don't buy there you'll get a better picture. Also Decathlon stores. Both Halfords and Decathlon are direct importers of bikes from the far east which they sell themselves under their own brands in their stores with a range of quality levels. This gets you a better price.
#9
I like to do proper rides with my kids (age 7 and 8 ) which involve hills and many miles. I choose to buy them a good quality bike (Isla as it happens) to help them enjoy the experience. They have gone from Beinn 20 to Beinn 24, I bought the Beinn 20's used and resold them for pretty much what I paid for them so have had essentially free high quality bikes with proper geometry, easy to use brakes and nothing has broken on them.

Edited By: spongefactory on Apr 19, 2017 12:46
#10
I don't think anyone is going to argue against buying good quality s/hand bikes which are not excessively worn especially if a particular brand has a high resale value again. My point was with the obsession with low weight and un-necessary gears.

Isla bikes are made in Vietnam which is the same location for many of the budget children's bikes. I know of no premium bikes made in Vietnam and the Vietnamese often shun bike's made in their own country preferring higher quality Taiwanese bikes themselves. It could well be the same factory and simply a choice by the importer to include a lighter frame and slightly lighter components. It's for the consumer to weigh up the real value based on advantages and disadvantages of both pricing and specification. Just by slapping an 'Isla' brand on the bike doesn't make a magical difference in quality because probably nothing at all is actually made by Isla.
#11
This deal is for a new lightweight bike similar to frog bike at less than half the price. I have seen the difference with my older children when changing from a heavy steel bike to a lighter aluminium bike and will get the lightest I can sensibly afford/justify.

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