How heavy is your bike?
We had some fun with maths comparing the weight of some kids bikes relative to the weight of adult bikes (that Maths o’level was finally useful!)
We think you will be quite shocked by the result!
This Apollo Cherry bike for a 5 to 7 year old available at Halfords weighs in at 11.2kg. That’s heavier than many adult road racing bikes, typically they weigh 9-12kg. For further comparison a typical adult Mountain Bike will weigh around 15kg.
Lets say the little girl that we’re buying a bike for weighs 19kg (that’s around 3 stone) and her dad weighs 76kg (around 12 stone)
The Apollo Cherry is 58% the weight of the little girl.
An adult bike weighing 58% of her dads weight would be a whopping 44kg! (7 stone)
44kg is around 4 times as heavy as an adult road bike and 3 times the weight of a standard adult mountain bike!
Lots of people will buy a bike like this one shown as a first bike for a child – the bike their child is expected to learn on! The bike they will spend a lot of time lifting up off the floor.
Learning on a lightweight bike is so much easier, quicker and a great deal less painful. We have some tips here showing the best method for teaching your child to ride their first pedal bike.