Advice wanted on girls cycle / bike - which brand?

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Found 14th Apr 2009
About to buy our daughter (8 year old) her first proper bike. Can anyone recommend a decent brand that is going to last a few years?

Looking for the following features
20" wheels
Aluminium frame
Gears which must be easy to change

Was about to look at Raleigh bikes but, heard mixed reviews on the quality of components.

Plan to go to Halfords to see what they have but, choice seems a bit limited.

Thanks in advance

21 Comments

how old is she?

Original Poster

loupomm;4923798

how old is she?



Oops she is 8. Really looking for a good brand and I can then hunt the bike down on tinernet!

bless, dont expect it to last too long at her age, as you no doubt already know, they grow quickly! my 9 year old has a 20" and is needing a bigger bike :-(

get a barracuda- good bikes and not that expensive

raleigh bike!

Oh my gosh - I was going to post about this this evening!

I have been looking on the net on and off for a week and still ain't set on anything

I am looking for a 20" bike too (for an 8 year old+)

Would love a chopper style one but can't really find any about.

These 3 have good reviews:
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The first one I was put off by the Amazon reviews and the other 2 I am put off by the brand name.

I love ]this one but couldn't find any reviews

and was also considering] this one if I can find some reviews

Thing is that I know my daughter would love something really girly and it isn't going to get serious usage so would prefer not to be paying that much

So please do let me know what bike you go for, it would certainly help me too! :thumbsup:

Ooh yeah - forgot I liked ]this one too

Just found it on Sports Direct website for £99.99

Original Poster

Mrs.Z;4925077

Oh my gosh - I was going to post about this this evening!I have been … Oh my gosh - I was going to post about this this evening!I have been looking on the net on and off for a week and still ain't set on anythingI am looking for a 20" bike too (for an 8 year old+)Would love a chopper style one but can't really find any about.These 3 have good reviews:]http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3320952/c_1/1|category_root|Sports+and+leisure|12108128/c_2/2|cat_12108128|Bikes+and+cycling|12108201/c_3/3|cat_12108201|Children%27s+cycles|12108230.htm Reviews on Amazon aren't so hot for this one, though.]http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3321346/c_1/1|category_root|Sports+and+leisure|12108128/c_2/2|cat_12108128|Bikes+and+cycling|12108201/c_3/3|cat_12108201|Children%27s+cycles|12108230.htm]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Townsend-Quartz-Wheel-Girls-Bike/dp/B001FB5GN4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=sports&qid=1239740980&sr=1-2The first one I was put off by the Amazon reviews and the other 2 I am put off by the brand name.I love ]this one but couldn't find any reviewsand was also considering] this one if I can find some reviewsThing is that I know my daughter would love something really girly and it isn't going to get serious usage so would prefer not to be paying that much



Thanks for all the links!

I had initially looked at the Raleigh Sunbeam as it seems cheap at £77 (but out of Stock at Argos). It appears to have been £55 at Amazon according to some review but is now up in price. I would have probably gone for that had it not been for some bad reviews.

Part of the problem with kids bikes is that if they have features such as gears the kid should be able to use them. Some bikes simply have parts that are the same scales as adults and therefore things like brakes and gears the kid cant operate easily.

I came across this bike on Wiggle and it is widely available at specialist bike retailers and seems to tick the right boxes.

wiggle.co.uk/p/c…27/

The bike is 2009 model. The 2008 model seems to be available and is a nice powder blue!

s233299868.e-shop.info/sho…tml

However, I would like to see it in the flesh first so I am trying to hunt one down in some local shops at the weekend. So if anyone has this bike comments would be appreciated.

I have heard good things about ]Isla Bikes

I don't think you can buy them from retailers, but they have a showroom near wolverhampton.

They are meant to cater to kids sizes pretty well - short reach brake levers, simple efective gears, etc...

Good luck with the search :thumbsup:

pluves1;4926805

Thanks for all the links!I had initially looked at the Raleigh Sunbeam as … Thanks for all the links!I had initially looked at the Raleigh Sunbeam as it seems cheap at £77 (but out of Stock at Argos). It appears to have been £55 at Amazon according to some review but is now up in price. I would have probably gone for that had it not been for some bad reviews.Part of the problem with kids bikes is that if they have features such as gears the kid should be able to use them. Some bikes simply have parts that are the same scales as adults and therefore things like brakes and gears the kid cant operate easily.I came across this bike on Wiggle and it is widely available at specialist bike retailers and seems to tick the right boxes.http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Giant_Taffy_125_20_5_Speed_Girls_Bike_2009/5360038827/The bike is 2009 model. The 2008 model seems to be available and is a nice powder blue!http://s233299868.e-shop.info/shop/article_Giant%2BTaffy%2B125%2BFS%2B2008/Giant-Taffy-125-FS-2008.htmlHowever, I would like to see it in the flesh first so I am trying to hunt one down in some local shops at the weekend. So if anyone has this bike comments would be appreciated.



I like both of those, but I know my daughter would much prefer a pink, maybe purple bike

AyrshireBacon;4926851

I have heard good things about ]Isla BikesI don't think you can buy them … I have heard good things about ]Isla BikesI don't think you can buy them from retailers, but they have a showroom near wolverhampton.They are meant to cater to kids sizes pretty well - short reach brake levers, simple efective gears, etc...Good luck with the search :thumbsup:



They look good, too - but I am nowhere near there

Original Poster

AyrshireBacon;4926851

I have heard good things about ]Isla BikesI don't think you can buy them … I have heard good things about ]Isla BikesI don't think you can buy them from retailers, but they have a showroom near wolverhampton.They are meant to cater to kids sizes pretty well - short reach brake levers, simple efective gears, etc...Good luck with the search :thumbsup:



Thanks I had heard of these as well. I think they are for serious bikers hence the price tag of £299 for a 20":w00t:

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Mrs.Z;4927022

I like both of those, but I know my daughter would much prefer a pink, … I like both of those, but I know my daughter would much prefer a pink, maybe purple bike



Well my daughter went to a local bike shop and quite liked this

raleigh.co.uk/b_d…=96

Grip gear shift and the brakes were easy to operate. Not cheap but, if I buy locally it will be built and if anything goes wrong it's easy to take back. Apparently it looks better in the flesh as the finished is a brushed effect and the pink stands out more.

Not sure how tall your daughter is but, the guy in the shop reckoned she might get away with a 24" wheels but, with the seat at its lowest point she was on her tip toes. As she is not super confident on bike we will probably drop to a 20" in the knowledge that we'll end up replacing it in year or two!

Oh and dont forget a helmet for your little one as wearing a cycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85% and the risk of brain injury by almost 90%. :thumbsup:

pluves1;4932334

Well my daughter went to a local bike shop and quite liked … Well my daughter went to a local bike shop and quite liked thishttp://www.raleigh.co.uk/b_details.aspx?id=96Grip gear shift and the brakes were easy to operate. Not cheap but, if I buy locally it will be built and if anything goes wrong it's easy to take back. Apparently it looks better in the flesh as the finished is a brushed effect and the pink stands out more.Not sure how tall your daughter is but, the guy in the shop reckoned she might get away with a 24" wheels but, with the seat at its lowest point she was on her tip toes. As she is not super confident on bike we will probably drop to a 20" in the knowledge that we'll end up replacing it in year or two!Oh and dont forget a helmet for your little one as wearing a cycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85% and the risk of brain injury by almost 90%. :thumbsup:



Thanks.
My daughter is just about to turn 7 but is as tall as an 8 year old, so we are only just moving into the 20" range, I would say.
Her bike is literally going to just be used for riding outside our communal garden and taking to the park every so often so I am not willing to pay that kind of money and the girlyness is far more important to her than gears and stuff LOL! I really wanted to spend like £80 but thought I would pay extra for one that will last better - I can't be going up to the nearly £200 mark though! :w00t:

Am thinking of going for the ]Raleigh 'Krush' which my local bike shop will sell me for £139 - problem is that I can't find any reviews on that model whatsoever so would just be buying it on Raleigh's reputation in general

She already has a helmet and pads, though I realise that I will probably have to buy her a new, flashy, matching set with this bike LOL (along with streamers, bell, drinks bottle, etc!)

Original Poster

Mrs.Z;4933233

Thanks.My daughter is just about to turn 7 but is as tall as an 8 year … Thanks.My daughter is just about to turn 7 but is as tall as an 8 year old, so we are only just moving into the 20" range, I would say.Her bike is literally going to just be used for riding outside our communal garden and taking to the park every so often so I am not willing to pay that kind of money and the girlyness is far more important to her than gears and stuff LOL! I really wanted to spend like £80 but thought I would pay extra for one that will last better - I can't be going up to the nearly £200 mark though! :w00t:Am thinking of going for the ]Raleigh 'Krush' which my local bike shop will sell me for £139 - problem is that I can't find any reviews on that model whatsoever so would just be buying it on Raleigh's reputation in generalShe already has a helmet and pads, though I realise that I will probably have to buy her a new, flashy, matching set with this bike LOL (along with streamers, bell, drinks bottle, etc!)



Like I said earlier the only thing that put me off Raleigh was some bad reviews of another model. However, I think its best to see bikes in the flesh and let the kid decide - as you say they may not be interested in gears and stuff. We'll have a look at the Krush as well which retails in Halfords and see if the local bike shops will do a deal:thumbsup: I think my daughters is quite set on the Mystique so we'll just have to find a good deal:roll:

pluves1;4933444

Like I said earlier the only thing that put me off Raleigh was some bad … Like I said earlier the only thing that put me off Raleigh was some bad reviews of another model. However, I think its best to see bikes in the flesh and let the kid decide - as you say they may not be interested in gears and stuff. We'll have a look at the Krush as well which retails in Halfords and see if the local bike shops will do a deal:thumbsup: I think my daughters is quite set on the Mystique so we'll just have to find a good deal:roll:



I was trying to do the bike as a surprise which is why I didn't really want to take her to try it and stuff, maybe I should then, :? But then obviously she will know she's getting it. We saw it in Halfords a while back and she pointed it out to me and I saw it again in the local bike shop today, but they only had the 24" one on display.

I haven't a clue what to look for in a bike, if it's pretty and a good brand then that's as far as I go! :-D

From what I could see though, this bike has gone from £80/£90 up to £114.99 in Halfords and is now £159.99 there so I am wondering whether to hang on a bit as I was buying for the start of the Summer Holidays, but surely they won't reduce until after Summer now :thinking:

Hhhhhmmmmmmm

My daughter is a tall 6 year old at 122cm, and three different cycle stores have recommended she needs a 24inch wheeled bike. She's sat on two 24 bikes and her toes very just reach the floor, with seat at very lowest setting. But she's been riding a 16 inch bike for the past two years, and tbh I thought the 24 bikes looked way too big for her. She could barely balance on them. She sat on some 20 inch bikes but cycle store staff said she was too big for them, as her knees were at handle height. But that was with seat at lowest setting. I am going to go with my instincts and am going to buy my daughter a 20 inch bike, rather than a big 24 inch one! I know Python do a nice girly pink 20 inch mountain bike for £160, alloy frame. I think alloy frames are the best!

my daughter is 8 just before Christmas and I've just bought her a 20" mtb from Sports Direct.. it'll be fine for her
was girly pink and only paid £80 for it. tbh if it only lasts until next Christmas it'll be worth the money

Oh Sports Direct, didn't think of them. Is it the muddy fox bike in pink? That one looks good value for money. Well my daughter went with us to yet another cycle store today, and finally decided on the Probike Paris 20 inch mountain bike, after having almost ordered different bikes. Think she was struck on the pretty pink floral graphics on the Paris bike
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