Jump to content

First bike - bike shop or not?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

Both of the kids want a 'big' bike for Christmas this year, so I've been looking at various bikes in different shops. I can't decide whether to buy one from a bike shop or from somewhere like ToysRUs/ Target etc. The difference in price, including a helmet, is around $80 each, so an extra $160-$180 for the two kids.

Is it worth paying that extra money for a bike shop bike? Or is it a bit of a waste of money?

#2 DS1979

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

I think it depends on how old they are and where you're going to be riding.

We got our sons bike from Big W; I think it's Huffy brand and it is pretty good for what he uses it for (bike tracks, small hills, grass). We got our daughters from Toys R Us, it's not as good as our sons but she only rides on mainly flat bike tracks and the footpath so it works well for that.

But if you live in a hilly area or an area where the roads aren't mainly smooth it might be best to spend a bit extra so they last a bit longer/are a bit easier to ride.

#3 tothebeach

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

We buy bike shop bikes for our kids once they are onto real bikes (no training wheels).  For us the advantages are: better bikes, pre-assembled so you know they are safe, free 3 month service and a relationship with the bike shop so that you can pop in and get help if need be.

DS1 got his first real mountain bike at 5 (Giant mountain bike with suspension).  The bike shop sawed off some of the seat pole to fit him.  He is nearly 8 and the bike still looks like new and will fit him for another 2 years.  I doubt that a cheap bike would have held up as well.  It is also light and easy for him to ride on mountain bike trails and the suspension makes a huge difference.

#4 lozoodle

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:42 AM

I wouldn't bother at the little kid training wheel stage.

DD got a $50 k mart bike last year for her 3rd birthday and its still going strong.

#5 Chelli

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

From my experience, they outgrow their first bike pretty quickly so I'd save the expensive ones for when they are much older. The exception would be if there are others to pass the bike down to, then it might be worth the investment.

#6 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

QUOTE (DS1979 @ 14/11/2012, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But if you live in a hilly area or an area where the roads aren't mainly smooth it might be best to spend a bit extra so they last a bit longer/are a bit easier to ride.

agree with this

QUOTE (Chelli @ 14/11/2012, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From my experience, they outgrow their first bike pretty quickly so I'd save the expensive ones for when they are much older. The exception would be if there are others to pass the bike down to, then it might be worth the investment.

and this.

DD1 will pass her first 'real' bike on to DD2, so we went for a bike shop bike.  I think it was about $120.  We figured that was reasonable if it was going to do 2 kids.

#7 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the replies-both of them would be on training wheels, so I'm leaning towards the cheaper option. We'd only be riding on the local cycleway.

#8 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (Swahili @ 14/11/2012, 11:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies-both of them would be on training wheels, so I'm leaning towards the cheaper option. We'd only be riding on the local cycleway.

sounds like a good idea.  original.gif

#9 seayork2002

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:11 PM

We were going to get a whizz bang one but then I thought it is his first one he will take a while getting used to it (alright falling off!) so we picked up one for less than $100 at Target, good job he has had it for a few months and been on it about 3 times.

When he gets to be more independant on a bike we will go to a bike shop then (and he has outgrown this one)

#10 unicycle

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

whatever you choose, don't be tempted to go up a size to get more wear out of it. when learning to ride, a smaller bike makes for greater confidence and success.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.