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.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Meet the latest baby giving the internet hair envy

"As a bald man, I'm very proud of my 2-month-old's hair," wrote new dad Brian Gorham, 32, along with a photo he shared to reddit.

Woman hits back after shop assistant labels her engagement ring as 'pathetic'

A US woman has been applauded worldwide for sharing a photo of her modest, US$130 engagement ring after a shop assistant labelled it "pathetic".

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome baby boy

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their second child, USA TODAY has confirmed.

After his grandkids moved away, this grandpa came up with a beautiful way to stay in touch

Chan Jae, a 75-year-old man from Korea, missed his grandsons terribly when they moved overseas.

20 gorgeous Christmas stocking and sack options

It seems every year that Christmas-themed goodies for kids get less tacky and more stylish.

Dad's genius hack for how to go shopping with a baby

A dad has shared his genius hack for tackling Christmas shopping with toddlers.

How I gave birth far too drug-free for my own liking

I certainly wasn't shy about medication. In fact, my policy on this was, in the immortal words of Britney Spears, "Gimme gimme more".

Christmas-inspired names for your December baby

Due during the festive season, or just have a love of Christmas?

Three-year-old mistakes policeman for Santa, so naturally he goes along with it

When an adorable three-year-old spotted a white haired gentleman in a restaurant she naturally assumed he was Santa Claus.

To VBAC or not to VBAC?

"If, after careful assessment by their maternity care provider, there seems to be no reason why a woman shouldn't be offered a chance at VBAC, then the opportunity should be provided."

Baby tries broccoli for the first time, immediately regrets it

It's probably fair to say that broccoli is an acquired taste.

'I didn't think I'd have pimples as a grown-up ... then I fell pregnant'

As specialists treat more adults for acne, Lucy Sheref reveals the emotional cost of years spent struggling with the condition.

Stranger's act of kindness helps overwhelmed mum in supermarket

A random act of kindness from a stranger in the supermarket brought a mum to tears, exactly when she needed it most.

21 adorable Christmas outfits for your baby

December 25 is just around the corner, and it's the perfect opportunity to dress your bub in a sweet festive outfit.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

What pregnancy is really like: mums share their honest opinions

We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride

The truth about big-headed babies

Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.

How to encourage your baby's gross motor development skills

There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.

'My baby's extra thumb saved her life'

A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.

He gave her his liver, she gave him her heart

Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Watch hilarious montage of strangest pregnancy questions on Yahoo Answers

Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.

How to reduce your chances of perineal tearing in birth

The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
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.