With Christmas and a soon to be 7 year old on the horizon I’ve had to start thinking about presents and what it is that the boys actually need. They seem to have so many toys already it’s really hard to find something that they really really want. After talking to them, both said they’re bikes were getting a bit small and could they have new ones.
I’m sure that most of you are soon going to start thinking about presents and I wanted to write a review of the Frog bikes that the boys have had for the past 2 years. I contacted Frog and they provided me with some photos for this piece, all opinions are my own.
We’ve had these bikes for 2 years now, so it’s no wonder the boys have out grown them, I can’t raise the saddles anymore. They still look almost as good as the day we picked them up, yes there are a few scratches from a couple of tumbles or where they just dropped them on the pavement to run and play with friends. However they been ridden in the rain, over fields and bumpy tracks and they have held up amazingly well.
So why did I choose Frog bikes in the first place?
Before these bikes the boys had only had toyshop bikes with stabilisers and I wanted to buy them a good quality bike that they could learn to ride independently. Frog do a range of bikes to suit children of all ages from 2 – 14 years. There’s balance bikes, track bikes, road and hybrid bikes so you really can get a bike for every situation.
The website is full of information and easy to use, I really felt like they were a company that are experts at what they do and I had confidence that I would be receiving a quality product.
We searched for our local stockist and visited the team at Forge Cycleworks who let the boys try out the different sizes and advised what would be best for them. We purchased both boys a Frog 55 as it was coming into winter and by the time the weather was nice again Ben would be able to fit on it perfectly. I don’t think we’d have been able to do this with a heavier weight bike as it would have been too much for him.
If you read my blog you’ll know I’ve got a very bad back condition and am constantly on the look out for lightweight items to make my life easier. I knew that I’d be in charge of lifting these in and out of the car and was looking for the lightest bike I could find. The Frog 55 bike weighs only 8.8kg, my 8 year old can now lift these bikes into the boot of the car if I guide it in so it really is lightweight.
This wasn’t just a benefit for me either, when I started to think about it this was a massive benefit for the kids too. At the time they were 5 & 6 and some of the bikes we were looking at weigh 15kg which was over half their body weight. If I was given a bike that weighed over half my body weight I’m sure I’d find it pretty difficult to learn to ride and push it along.
Is it easy to learn to ride?
I took this video of Ben the first time we took him out on his bike. As you can see he rode it first time much to the apparent annoyance of his older brother who took about 15 minutes to get the hang of it!
It’s also very sturdy, as mummy and daddy showed the boys how to have a bike race!
Frog bikes are more expensive than the usual kids bikes however you are certainly getting quality for you’re money and they are worth every penny. They also hold their value really well and second hand ones are snapped up quickly, there’s not many available on Ebay or Gumtree.
Frog offers a Leapfrog scheme with selected stockists so that you can trade in your bike for the next size up. This means that although the initial outlay is more, when your child has outgrown the bike you are getting much more back than you usually would.
You can either purchase the bikes directly from Frog or you can find your local stockist. If anyone lives near Ringwood then the team at Forge Cycleworks were fantastic and have serviced the bikes for us and are always happy to help.
The 7th Birthday present
I’ve sold Ben’s old Frog bike privately and ordered him a new one from nanny and grandma for his birthday next Monday. The money we got from his old bike has gone towards this and it means he’s getting a present he will get lots of use out of.
Frog bikes have got even better since the boys had their original ones with a new gear change system from Shimano that can be used with your thumbs rather than twisting the handle.
The new bikes also come with two sets of tyres, a hybrid tyre and an off road tyre so you can choose which is best for you and change them depending of where you’re going. They really do think of everything!
We are going up from a Frog 55 to a Frog 62 the weight of the new bike is 9.2kg which is only 0.4kg heavier.
Below is a photo of the bike Ben has chosen and it looks really awesome. I can’t wait to see his face when he unwraps it on Monday.