“ Boys Bike „
We bought this for my 4 year old son for Christmas, and he loves it. You can tell that this bike is quality, it is very solidly built without being too heavy, it has great bright red and yellow colours and comes with a chain guard. We knew that this bike was ideal for our son because we had taken him to our local branch of Halfords (Sudbury), and had him riding various bikes around the separated bike section, we took our time and had him on a few, not once did we get any pushy sales people come up and hassle us, they could see that we were fine and that we would order when we were ready, eventually we chose this one.
We bought this bike, for £58.73 it was half price at the time. For this price it was an absolute bargain. If I recall correctly it was on offer in Halfords around August time, as they do an order and reserve service we cheekily asked if it would be possible to order and reserve it for a Christmas pick-up. To our amazement they said yes, so we managed to get it at the sale price safe in the knowledge that if it should go up come Christmas we would still get it at this price.
We picked it up prior to Christmas no problems at all. Halfords offer a free fully assembled pre-check pick up service, where the bike comes to you all completely checked and assembled. I would recommend this service very strongly. I had also bought my daughter a bike for Christmas from Toys R us, which came in a box for home assembly, I decided to put it together just before Christmas and even though it was easy enough to assemble I just couldn't get the brakes correct, the brake blocks were either too tight or too loose the same goes for the cables the v braking system seemed all out of line and I ended up spending a couple of hours trying to get it right (it's still not perfect), so to say that I was relieved that the Halfords bike came ready assembled is and understatement.
My son has been on this bike as much as he can since Christmas and he even cleans it he is so chuffed with it, the saddle and the handle bars can be raised up quite a lot so this bike will last a couple of years yet. The one negative thing about this bike is that it doesn't come with any mud guards, this is not a problem at the moment as my son doesn't go fast enough to throw up any mud but this might be an issue later on.
I would highly recommend this bike if you can get it for £59 then you have got yourself a real bargain.
The Apollo Force 14in Boys Bike was a real bargain buy from Halfords for £58.73. This is a 2008 bike with a retail price of £99.99, but as the 2009 bikes are coming out now, this has been reduced as old stock. I don't think your average four to six year old, who this 14" bike is designed for, will really care a whole lot about current fashion though.
What attracted us to this bike was that it represented really outstanding value for money. The bike is solid and very sturdy, but at the same time it's light enough for our grandson to balance. With the saddle right down, the grandson can get his feet on the floor which is necessary for a new rider who lacks confidence. And as he grows, there is plenty of scope to raise both the seat and the handlebars so that this bike will easily last until he is six or even seven years old.
The wheels on this bike aren't 'fixed', which means that the pedals move the wheels, but the wheels don't move the pedals. So you can get yourself going, then just rest your feet on the pedals and the bike will continue to cruise along. With some character bikes that have 'fixed' back wheels, children are unable to do this as the pedals must go round when the back wheel does.
My only reservation about this bike is that the brakes are a bit difficult for a young child with small hands. They're quite stiff really, and there's a big gap between the brake and the handlebar. With practice, little hands will get used to this, but they will need some help and support to begin with if they're new to riding.
There are stabilisers that come with this but I can't comment as we didn't use them. This is such a great bike that we found all we needed to do was encourage the grandson to roll along a few times without pedalling to learn balance. After that, the same day, he was able to balance and pedal at the same time - so effectively he learned to ride a bike properly in just a day on this.
There might be marginally better kid's bikes out there, but for less than £60 you're going to be hard pushed to beat the value for money that this bike provides. It's well built, easy to ride, durable and good looking too. I think a lot of little boys will be thrilled to get one of these this summer.
For: 4-6 year olds / Caliper brakes / Detachable stabilisers / Fully enclosed chainguard