Pinch and a punch. It’s October! In many Australian towns and cities this translates to: family riding time. In Sydney, there’s the up-coming Spring Cycle. Elsewhere there are community events and charity rides for cyclists of all ages. With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to get out there and enjoy the spring weather in the company of friends and family.
Finding a good bike for children can, however, prove a bit of a challenge. That’s why S’Cool has come along to try and fill a void in the market.
Relatively new to Australia, the range of road bikes, MTB and city bikes come in a range of sizes and and builds but the objective is to offer parents a relatively lightweight product that children can use directly after graduating from their balance bikes.
We recently had a selection of S’Cool bikes through the ride office. Louis Arnold, 10, offers his appraisal of the 24-inch road bike (below).
To see the catalogue and find a bike for your child, visit S’Cool’s site.
S’cool road bike review (24 inch)
– By Louis Arnold
This is a good bike for kids aged seven to 13. Its great points are turns, brilliant hoods and it has easy gears. Its disadvantages are bad pedals, and long wires. It is fairly light with a weight of 8.8 kilograms.
It has a Shimano Sora groupset which has really comfortable hoods. You can put your hands low on the hoods or high on the hoods.
The only bad thing about the hoods is that most kids can’t really use the brakes properly. These are adult brakes on a kid’s bike so that’s something to be aware of.
On the turns it is really smooth and it would be extremely rare for you to have a crash on the turns unless it is a really tight turn.
Its gears are pretty easy to use and it does not take long to get used to the gears. The bikes has toe-straps which you have to adjust. Also when you have toe-straps it is extremely hard to start off because you have to hold onto something when you start off.
It has nine gears at the back and two at the front.
If you enjoy your cycling, get your kids involved too. There are more products for the little ones than ever before and it’s important that fit and ability are well considered beforehand. (For more, see: Nurturing the next generation – Getting kids to ride.)