It’s 2014 and Canadian Cycling Magazine presents our guide to New Year’s resolutions for cyclists. You already love the bike, so get the little ones riding. Who knows where those first wobbly attempts will lead? Here’s some gear that might help you get budding cyclists further in to the sport in 2014.
from $80 to $250
In B.C., Alberta and Ontario, Pedalheads offers after-school programs and summer camps that can further develop your little rider’s skills on the bike. The programs range from Riding Rookies, two and three year olds on balance bikes, tricycles or other wheeled toys, to Crankheads, stronger riders who want to build their skills on the streets and trails. Maintenance skills are in the mix, too. (atlantisprograms.com)
BixBi Push Bike
The BixBi balance bike is ideal for getting young kids started in cycling. It allows children from age two to five years old to get sense of balance without the commitment and motor skills required with conventional pedal bikes. BixBi’s version features a high quality 6061 aluminum frame as well as an aluminum seatpost, bar and stem. As a final touch, BixBi adds a saddle that looks like the classic riveted leather saddle found on pricey adult bikes. Nice. (bixbibikes.com)
Rather than making the kids watch from the other side of the tape during cyclocross season, consider getting them an F24X. Built with 24″ wheels, a lightweight 7005 butted aluminum frameset and a 6061 aluminum fork, the F24X is a more-than-capable ’cross bike for young riders. Felt uses mini-V brakes to help shave off speed, while the short-reach shifters and a Shimano Sora rear derailleur look after gear changes. Now you’ll be ringing that cowbell from the sideline. (feltbicycles.com)
Scott Spark Jr 24 Bike
Mountain biking with the kids yields a double win: not only do they get a chance to ride, but they also have an opportunity to experience the unpaved outdoors. Unfortunately, most mountain bikes for kids are too big, too heavy or lack adequate components. The Scott Spark Jr 24 breaks this pattern by offering young riders a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame, 24″ wheels for a proper fit, full suspension and a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain. (scott-sports.com)