Btwin Triban junior
http://www.btwincycle.com/EN/triban-junior-154069679/ The Btwin is produced by Decathlon and for the money (£199) looks great value. I have not seen any reviews to know how it rides though. Weight looks to be 10.7kg 7 gears with handlebar stem shifters. 40 tooth single chainring, crank length length 152mm. rear cassette 14 - 16 - 18 - 20 - 22 - 24 (I’ve heard this is actually a...
Review of Islabikes Luath 24 and Dawes Espoir... →
The CTC did a review of the Islabike and Dawes in September 2011. The article gives both bikes a favourable review, but the Isla comes out on top. Interesting point for me was about the frame size. Looking at the bikes you would think the Espoir would suit a smaller rider, as the frame is dropped more than the Luath. However CTC reckon that because of the length and the bottom bracket height you...
From 2008, but still interesting overview of bikes on the market. Some of the models are no longer available, which is a shame.
Run through of various junior road bikes →
This site has a great recap of some of the main bikes out there, including weights. It focuses on 24” wheel and 700c with small frames, and well worth a read.
Bikeradar discussions on junior road bikes
The Bikeradar forums have had a few threads about junior road bikes: http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17267304 http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=16343395 http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17156323
20" wheel road bikes
I will be posting about 24” wheel road bikes later, but what if you are looking for a 20” wheel? What choices do you have? It turns out, you have very little in the way of choice. If you have a child up to the age of 7, and they want to ride a road bike you are a bit stuck. It really boils down to: Islabike Reis 20” track bike 70s/80s era bike off eBay The Reis track bike...
The quest for junior road bikes
At the start of 2011, my two children (Arlo aged 6 and Greta aged 5) started attending Palmer Park Velo (PPV) cycling club. They have always loved being on their bikes and were keen to have a go on the track at the velodrome. As most young children do at PPV, they started riding sessions on their mountain bikes. Key bike handling skills were taught in a safe, controlled environment by the...