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Whats the best lightweight bike for 5yo dd?

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pineappleeyes Sun 20-Nov-16 08:13:51

Any recommendations for a lightweight bike. Dd 2 struggled to pedal the one dd1 learnt on so I'm looking for a lightweight reasonably priced one.

Secretarchersaddict Tue 22-Nov-16 23:30:08

HI Pineappleeyes - check out the Islabikes range, you'd probably want a Cnoc 14 or 16. They're not cheap but do last and hold their price reasonably well so can be sold on if needed - or alternatively there are always preloved ones for sale on ebay / gumtree.

DipsyLaLa22 Tue 22-Nov-16 23:31:59

Second islabikes, can resell at a really good price.

butteredbarmbrack Tue 22-Nov-16 23:33:30

Another vote for islabikes. Frog is another option, slightly cheaper.

CoffeeChocolateWine Wed 23-Nov-16 14:25:36

Frog bikes are excellent and a cheaper (although far from cheap!) alternative to Islabikes.

idontlikealdi Wed 23-Nov-16 14:34:01

We bought DTs bikes from Halfords for Christmas last year - they were £90 ish I think but I wish we had spent the extra on an islabike or frog. The ones they have are heavy and they're small 5 yo so have struggled a bit. They also needed the smallest size, 12' I think so we were further limited in choice.

CreamCrackerundertheSettee Wed 23-Nov-16 14:36:43

Frog bikes are great and not as eye watering expensive as Isla bikes.

Tiggles Wed 23-Nov-16 14:56:01

Frog bikes - as good as Isla bikes IMO but cheaper.
If they are too expensive Ridgeback, but they are heavier than Frog

thestylethatdecadesforgot Wed 23-Nov-16 15:03:20

Ridgeback are very heavy though. We had a ridgeback balance bike before we'd heard of Isla bikes and had we known I would have got the Rothan balance bike. We have the cnoc16 for DD from age about 4.5, though her inside leg measurement was quite long! It was second hand from Ebay and it's great, so light.

3boys3dogshelp Wed 23-Nov-16 15:04:29

Another vote for Frog bikes.

Sadik Wed 23-Nov-16 16:19:12

Another vote for Islabikes - I've sold 3 now on ebay, each time for only about £20 less than I paid originally.

I bought the first one for dd when she was 5 because she really needed a bike with gears (ride home from school 2 miles / 100m climb at the time!) and it was absolutely 100% worth it.

I don't know if Frog have the same resale value, it would definitely be worth checking.

Tiggles Wed 23-Nov-16 18:31:11

Ridgeback are heavy but cheaper than frog or isla bikes. Better than a very heavy bike from halfords. Wasnt sure what OP meant by reasonable price as both isla and frog are quite pricey

BaggyCheeks Wed 23-Nov-16 20:36:03

Ridgebacks are typically heavy, but the Ridgeback dimension is lighter than their usual MTB.

xyzandabc Wed 23-Nov-16 20:40:45

Isla or Frogs. We have frogs for all of ours (3), the difference when they got on the frogs compared to their previous Halfords ones was amazing.
We keep them carefully and hand them down/sell the smallest one to fund new ones. They keep their value well, as do the Isla bikes.

MigGril Wed 23-Nov-16 20:42:15

Frog bikes are great, I think just as good as isla bikes which you only really need of your doing very serious cycling. But frog also do a good looking road bike.

DS has been great and way lighter then the smaller bike he had before.

pineappleeyes Wed 23-Nov-16 22:46:34

Thanks for the replies. The frog bikes and isla bikes look great but my budget won't stretch that far. I should have probably said I had a budget in my first post. Does anyone know of any cheaper alternatives that are still lightweight?

3boys3dogshelp Wed 23-Nov-16 22:58:58

What is your budget? Would you consider second hand? What size bike do you think your daughter needs?

HowToTrainYour Wed 23-Nov-16 23:01:08

specialized hotrock

MigGril Thu 24-Nov-16 08:29:31

DD has a specialized its a good light bike and they are also a lot cheaper second hand then isla.

pineappleeyes Thu 24-Nov-16 11:07:50

Budget is about £130 max. I would consider second hand. I've looked in my area (West yorks) but there aren't any. Sheso 5 so I'm guessing she'll need 14 or 16 inch. But I will obviously measure her & see the bike before I buy.

MissRainbowBrite Thu 24-Nov-16 11:20:22

How far from Chesterfield are you? We got DD a Specialized Hotrock 16 inch wheel for around your budget from JE James. It's last years colours but 5 year olds aren't usually too fussy on that.
It isn't as light as the frogs or Islas but still has a nice feel to it.

Featherhead Thu 24-Nov-16 11:22:29

Carrera are light but not as expensive as Isla

pineappleeyes Thu 24-Nov-16 11:37:59

I'm about an hour and half away rainbow such a shame as that would be perfect. I drive but I work ft :-(

3boys3dogshelp Thu 24-Nov-16 11:38:32

You could probably get a frog second hand for that. Have you looked on Gumtree? I had a quick look last night and they looked to be around £100-£150 but I didn't look at the area. For a Frog bike you measure their inner leg measurement. Sorry to keep going on about them! i have also heard Hoy bikes are really good and lightweight. Similar price new but could be worth looking out for second hand?

pineappleeyes Thu 24-Nov-16 11:42:27

Thanks 3boys I've searched for all the ones mentioned in my area & there aren't any second hand. She would need one with stabilisers. I'm not sure whether to get 14" or 16" confused I need to measure but don't want her to know why!

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