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"An eye-catching bike.…"
Well, firstly I was a bit hesitant about joining here, as I'm not a mum. But here I am anyway.
I didn't know a great deal about bikes to begin with, as I was the kid who wrote to Santa every year, asking for a bike & ended up with a Nintendo or clothes.
I have owned bikes though and I'm fully aware of the benefits.
Well, a few month ago the little lady was approaching her second birthday, as it's just 6 weeks after Xmas, it was difficult to find her something she didn't already have. I live in a home that resembles Hamley's Toy Shop & found myself wondering what her main present could be.
Being a bit of a 'Googler' I explored a bike & thought perhaps I was being too keen. But then discovered balance bikes, bikes for toddlers. I read thousands of pages on the web & watched countless videos: my mind was set, she could have a little bike.
Firstly I ordered a little pink one from Asda, it looked nice but the quality was poor and I could instantly tell. Then I read reviews, opinions, ratings and learnt more about balance bikes, which whittled the options down to just 2: the Jumper or the Rothan. Both are highly rated and equally recommended. I'd imagine you'd need to own both to determine which is best, which would be expensive, to say the least.
The Jumper is lighter, which seemed a plus as it must be more manageable to a nipper.
The Jumper has a quick release seat, that has definitely been a huge advantage. Particularly as the little mites tend to randomly grow an inch or 2 whilst your back is turned.
The Jumper can have a mudguard, I'm not bothered about mud, but I like her to dress girly in dresses & skirts & I guessed the mudguard would prevent snagging or ripping clothes, it has!
Did I make the right choice with the jumper? Hmm, well my little girl loves it, she can balance, she kisses it, she cuddles it, she's an adrenaline junkie & she won't leave the house without the bike. Appears to be a big thumbs up for the one whose opinion really matters.
She's clocked up dozens of miles already, she loves to whizz down the local subway with her feet up off the ground & passers by are generally astonished to see a baby-faced 2 year old, cruising on just 2 wheels. The more knowledgeable bikers stare in appreciation at her little bike. The polished aluminium, the big tyres, the suspension, the overall quality look of it - it's certainly a show stopper.
The suspension really does work, you see her little bum & back absorbing every bump she encounters. Whether it's necessary or not, I'll never know & I don't really care, she loves her bike and that's what counts.
Her bike had a faulty wheel, I was disappointed I'd have to send it back & wait for it to be fixed or replaced. It cost me £8.50 to send 1 wheel 'Next Day' the good folk at Likeabike replaced the wheel; posted it straight away & refunded postage. A brilliant service that offered little interruption to my little girl as she's gone to her mum's for a few days.
It would appear the resale value on these is very good, which she'll appreciate: being a budding entrepreneur. Initially I thought it can go towards her next bike, but in reality she'll get a pedal bike for her next birthday & sell this at a later date to buy herself something else. I'll be really sad to see it go, it's like part of our little family.
I'd certainly recommend this stunning little bike, it's ultra lightweight, of a very high quality & looks the business.
It is expensive, but it's an investment really. She's learning about the bike, balancing, road safety, keeping active, having fun & developing many other transferable skills & abilities she can use when not on the bike. It costs about £90 for a Peppa Pig or Thomas bike and they're fairly rubbish. You'd be lucky to get a tenner back for one of those, so I guess if she gets £90 back for this, she'll be happy putting all those pounds in her money box until she sees something she "needs."Read moreLess
This bike is a top quality product. It is well made, it's light, it looks great. Once your child is old enough you can add a brake to the bike too.
"Expensive but brilliant…"
Every time I take my son to the park, other parents always ask me about this bike! It looks good, it's light (easy to carry or hook over a pram when my son gets tired), it has great safety features, and it comes with an extra longer seat pole so it will grow with your child until they are ready for pedals. The only negative is the price but if more than one child will get the use out of it, it's definitely worth every penny.Read moreLess
We have loved this bike - its light but robust and goes well on and off road. One really good aspect is that the seats height will go lower than most wooden balance bikes - we had several friends who purchased the wooden ones and found they then had to a long time for their child to be tall enough to use it easily. Definitely recommended.Read moreLess
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"It is difficult to give the Likeabike a bad review,…"
It is difficult to give the Likeabike a bad review, and I agree with many of the otehr comments. But the reason I score it only 6 on functionality is due to the ommission of a brake. Surely this is a must when teaching a little one to ride? I know I should have noticed before buying, but I didn't.
Plus as it cost me well overRead moreLess
"We bought one when our son was 2.5 and still…"
We bought one when our son was 2.5 and still use at 4. Excellent make, lightweight, stylish and great fun! People ask us all the time where to get them and ask us to try it when we are in park (he gets v. upset doesn't like to share this one!). He is able to balance really well and goes incredibly fast down the hill (too fast in fact!). Will be moving onto proper bike soon and I think there will be no need for stabilizers, well that's the idea anyway. We took it to the Whipsnape ZOO at Christmas and he used it the whole time (except the train ride) and there was no need for buggy and the exercise kept him warm! Highly recommend.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"excellent - turns heads and my son was straight on…"
excellent - turns heads and my son was straight on a bike without stabilisers at 3 and a half.Read moreLess
"Incredibly lightweight first bike with suspension. Son started on it…"
Incredibly lightweight first bike with suspension. Son started on it at 2.5 and at 3.5 moved to a real bike (no trainers). Raced around everywhere on it, took it on public transport, easy to put on handles of buggy. Expensive but used so much and still looks as new. Will last for many more children!Read moreLess
"Beautifully designed little aluminium balance bike. It is ultra lightweight,…"
Beautifully designed little aluminium balance bike. It is ultra lightweight, has a comfy seat and is very easily adjustable.
Bought this when my daughter was 2 (now 3.4) and hardly a day has gone by when she hasn't used it. It still looks as good as the day we bought it, so although expensive was a real investment buy.Read moreLess
"Fabulous! We bought this product for our daughter when she…"
Fabulous! We bought this product for our daughter when she was around 3 and a half and she took to it very quickly. I preferred it to the wooden likeabikes as I thought it more stylish and also more hardwearing. It is made of aluminium, so light and hardwearing. We are confident that it will be used by all three of our children and still have life in it to be passed on to friends.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.