AD – We were gifted a Frog 48 bike in return for this post. All words and opinions are my own. The Best Kids Bike To Learn To Ride
The Best Kids Bike To Learn To Ride. Kipper turned four last month. For his birthday we were gifted a Frog 48. He has been using a balance bike now since he was about two and half. Over the months he has become very competent on it, giving Monkey a run for his money in the lane outside our house. He would speed along and hold his legs up off the ground staying perfectly up right. So I knew he was ready for a pedal bike and to learn how to ride.
Who are Frog Bikes?
Frog bikes are passionate about ensuring children can learn to ride with a bike that inspires confidence. Unlike many other kids bikes they are sized by inside leg length and not age. The reason for this is because in each age group there is a wide range of leg lengths! Kipper has always been on the larger side. So this really works for him.
I absolutely love that their bikes have been developed based on a research programme with sport scientists at Brunel university. And do you know what, you can tell. They have created child specific geometry for all their bike frames. Meaning that the ride is easier and more comfortable. Plus as we can demonstrate below it is a lot easier to learn how to ride. Read on to find out about our experience ..
Choosing our bike, as we are still in lockdown in the UK I could not go to a local bike shop. Frog recommends that the best way to purchase one of their bikes is via a bike shop. But since they were all shut, I measured Kipper’s inside leg and it came in at 46cm. Meaning that he fell in between the Frog 40 and Frog 48. Since he was closer to 48cm this is what we opted for.
There is a temptation to buy a bike for kids to grow into. Frog recommends that you do not do this, because it can make the learning process more difficult. If we were buying this in store then there is a useful Frogfit app which can help determine which bike is right for your child. It is based on the data collected made Frog did their child specific frame design research.
The Frog 48
The Frog 48 is aimed at children aged 4-5 and has a 16 inch wheel. It is also incredibly light at 6.59kg which is less than Kipper weighed at 2 months old. This is because it is made out of treated alluminim. Not only does this mean that it is easy to manuover but it also means that it is easy to carry. Very useful on both accounts when your little one is learning to ride for the first time.
To help with confidence the Frog 48 is fitted with Tektro brakes with small, easy to reach brake levers. Meaning that they give greater control to the rider. Everything has been designed to encourage confidence in the learning process. The Frog 48 also has patented Frog cranks for easier pedalling. These reduce the distance between the pedals increasing efficiency and comfort ideal for littler legs.
The quality is second to none and exactly what I would expect from a leading kids bike manufacturer. Not only does it look very smart with its bright red paint work but I really like the Frog logo and the little spots of green throughout. Plus the fact it has mud guards and a little bell means we will be able to go off roading in no time!
The Frog 48 is available in seven colours, Electric Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Spotty and USA and is priced at £280. It comes with a five year warranty on the frame and forks which is just as well since they also come with large seat posts. Meaning the saddle can be raised a long way as the Kipper grows.
The Best Kids Bike To Learn To Ride – Our Experience
The Frog 48 arrived extremely well packaged. All we needed to do was to straighten the handle bars and clip on the pedals. Of course once we had done this Kipper wanted to head out and give it a go straight away.
Opposite where we live there is a big playing field so we headed there to give him enough space to try out his bike for the first time. Having never peddled before it took him a while to get use to it. He also struggled with going in a straight line and kept turning in circles. But this was short lived and by the end of the session he was managing to ride in a straight line with an adult holding onto the seat to help keep him upright. He also had great fun getting use to the brakes!
Building on what we did a couple of days before he we focused on getting on and getting off. Kipper learnt how to stop and get off his bike rather than throwing himself onto the floor with the bike landing on top of him. He also started to learn that if he peddles faster he goes faster. He still needs an adult or his brother to help him by holding onto the seat. Although by the end of the practice he was okay with a hand on his back. Hubby did manage to remove it all together a couple of times. But he would wobble and look round. So needing the reassurance more than anything.
There had been a break of over a week since we had last gone out on the bike so I was worried that he may have forgotten it. But he got straight on. At the beginning of the lesson he still needed some support to kick off. But almost straight away he was riding without anyone holding onto the seat or placing a hand on his back. Turning posed a few issues initially and he seemed only to want to turn to the left, but by the end of the ride he was turning to both left and right without coming off all by himself. He was also racing his brother building up quite a speed considering he had only just learnt.
Each session was roughly about half an hour. He still needs some help with kicking off and he is a little wobbly but he has effectively learnt to ride a bike in three weeks. Having never been on a pedal bike before and without ever having stabilisers. I am sure it will not be long until he is giving his brother a run for his money on some of our usual bike routes.
I am super proud of him picking it up so quickly. Another milestone ticked off the list, my little boy is definitely growing up. I know each child is different but comparing this to the experience we had with Monkey it is so much more positive. Kipper found it a lot easier and he picked it up so much quicker and there were no tears of frustration. I am sure this is in part down to his Frog 48 and the fact it is so lightweight. Plus it has been designed specifically for children progressing to their first bike.
You can see his progress in action over on instagram story highlight. I would not hesitate to recommend a Frog bike it has made a massive difference to Kipper’s learning experience. And above all he loves it wanting to go out on it all the time and therefore representing very good value. When it comes to kids bikes you get what you pay for. I can really see it when I compare Monkey’s existing bike from a well known high street retailer with Kippers new Frog 48. I am sure it will not be long until Monkey needs a new one and I know which brand will be at the top of my list.
Because not only will I be able to hand it down to Kipper. But actually because Frog bikes are so good they really hold their resale value. So once the boys have finished with theirs instead of filling landfill we will be able to sell them onto another family. Have your little ones learnt to ride yet? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
The Best Kids Bike To Learn To Ride