Teach your child to ride a bike with an Islabike!

Before having children I did not realise just how many children's bikes you could buy, or how different the prices were. We first looked at bikes when M spotted them at around 2.5 years old. She had been using her balance bike a lot by this stage and so was very interested in bikes in general. We were in Halfords and she sat on them but could she move the pedals? Not a chance. Even trying to stand on them wouldn't make them turn.

I looked up the weight of the bikes we had been looking at and I was stunned to find that they were either the same weight, or heavier, than my bike! How can this be possible?

So obviously I started to search for bikes that were light and I kept finding the name, Islabikes, coming up. What shocked me was the price difference and so, for quite some time, I kept putting off buying one.

Eventually I decided to just bite the bullet and we bought a Islabikes Cnoc 14 small as she was quite a bit too small for the large size. Even when we got it she was a wee bit too small for it but at 2.5 years old it was no wonder.

We took her out and she loved it and after a few sessions she was managing to cycle a few meters on her own. Not bad for 2 years.

The Cnoc 14 Small has been designed for children who are physically small for their age but not big enough for the Cnoc 14 Large, which is exactly what M was, or for those who are three years old but small for their age, which M would still be.

What I love about this bike is that it is designed to be a bike and not a gimmick. Weight has been reduced and parts have been scaled down to suit a child better - the other bikes we looked at had breaks that M would never have managed to pull.

The frame makes M sit in a comfortable position unlike some that made her sit too upright, or her legs were stretched out wide into an uncomfortable position.

So after managing a little when she was 2.5 years old we waited a few months and when she turned 2 years 11 months I thought I would try her on it again and off she went. No hands mummy! Now a month later she can easily go on bike rides that are 2 miles plus. She is even trying to stand up when on the pedals and taking both feet off and gliding before putting them back to pedal again! Amazing for a newly turned three year old. Unbelievable.

The bikes are expensive, you can't deny that, but we felt it was worth it. We got a unisex colour so M can pass her bike onto F and F can pass it onto the new baby. So instead of buying three bikes we just have one and probably spending the same price. The resell value is also good so I would hope to get a fair amount back when the times comes to sell.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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