DD was lucky enough to have a CNOC 16 as a gift which has been great for over 2 years and will be used by her sisters, happy with the investment but a 20" Islabike is so far out of range ATM and also would be uncomfortable leaving such an expensive bike on the drive/ to one side at the park etc would really make trips out a bit tense I think.
Anyway, bought a super sturdy Ridgeback 20" from eBay in great nick but the brakes are huge. DD is a dainty 7 year old and they are so big in proportion to her hands as to be ridiculous, years away from being usable . She is basically sharing the CNOC 16" with her sister but looks a bit knees around her ears on it and they can't share for ever.
Holy grail probably but are there any cheaper bikes with small brakes I could look at. Up to £200 maybe, compared to £350 for the Islabike?
I'd have thought you'd be able to pick up a Beinn 20 for under £200 on ebay. Specialized hotrock is a good bike - again, bigger and heavier than Islabikes, but I think that's typical of most brands, but I think, having seen friends' kids' bikes that the hotrock is lighter than the ridgeback. You should be able to get one for a decent price on eBay. Islabikes hold their value really well, but the waiting time to get money back with than one child is off putting!