do you have a bike shop locally? I tend to use ours because they check that it's the right fit for the kids etc. And don't forget to buy a helmet! Saw a bad bike accident recently. Helmets are my bugbear
Agree with MarsLady, a local bike shop with expert staff much better IMO. We went to Sidcup Cycles (!) and they were totally brilliant. Much bigger range, no problem about spending a lot of time advising us (and the shop was not exactly deserted).
Even if you are adult bike riders I think there is a case for shopping for this type of purchase in person.
Whereabouts are you Puff? I bet Sustrans has a list of local cycle shops nationwide.
It's best if you take your child with you so you can be sure he fits the bike! My brother used to have a bike shop and now works in Halfords - his advice is don't be tempted to get one that is too big just cos you don't want them to grow out of it too fast. Make sure they can at least put a good part of each foot on the ground so they can stop it easily. He recommends good old Raleighs by the way!! My ds had a 2 wheeler with stabilisers from around 2ys 8 mnths - but he could already pedal. It was a Raleigh and did him fine until he got his balance last summer (at 4.5) and he moved to a bigger one.
GDG I remember reading somewhere that in Germany little bikes with no saddle (rather like a ride-on toy I guess) are very popular with smaller children, and can aid their transition to a bigger bike withoutstabilisers really effectively. Pamina knows about these, I am sure of it.
Puff I bet there is a good bike shop in Kensington/Notting Hill or Kingston...Putney, Ealing?
got ours at 1) car boot sale; 2)&3) give-aways by friends, these are the ones DS1 actually learnt to ride on & 4) in a charity shop... we are a cycling family and they were all good enough for us. Charity shop one esp. good.
she's not that hairy. Behaviourally I refuse to be drawn Our is on pinch watch for throwing pans at her little friends from some kind of pillbox she constructed in the home corner. Then she started pinching anyone who penetrated the defences. Not nice
Puff, I know it is a bit of a trek from west london but we always go to brixton cycles , they are excellent, really helpful and you can part exchange when child gets to big for bike and needs to get a bigger one. We like them so much we drive from North London! You can call them first they are very helpful over the phone. They do the Puky range of children's bikes which are great and very robust made in Germany. Happy shopping!
I took ds (4.5) to toys r us a few months before xmas, tried out lots of bikes and then bought one later from costco for a lot less money. I can second sterlinghouse. We've had several adult bikes from them and they are brilliant, cheap and really prompt about delivery.