We actually didn't want to sell "kids bikes" as generally - of course not all - that we had come across were heavy (sometimes too heavy for the child to pick up after falling off), and poor quality - and we want to encourage people to ride.
Heavy, poor built bikes for kids didn't sit well with us - if your first bike is a poor experience, then it's unlikely that you will continue as you grow (like those poor skiers who are taught by their "friends" taking them to the top of the scariest black run and told "you'll be OK!")
While we were in the progress of refurbishing the shop prior to opening, we were approached by Frog Bikes.
|Our Frogs lined up by the Christmas Tree|
Their initial sales were online - with delivery to a local bike shop for building by the shop mechanic (again - the assembly should not be overlooked) and collection by the customer.
They persuaded us to take one and build / deliver.
We were hooked - they were good quality (they constantly improve the build / specification) so we decided that when we opened, we would indeed stock childrens bikes - in the form of Frog Lightweight Bikes)
Forwards one year (to now) and we try and keep a full display in our shop in Chobham.
Frogs (the original - not the road bikes or Sky team special edition come in 5 colours):
Smaller sizes come in red, purple, orange and white (with spots)
Larger sizes replace the white spotty colour with black (for young adults)
We keep one of each size - so you can try for size (we don't sell by internet and ship in a box as we believe that you should pre-size to make sure it fits), and each colour (so that having found the right size you can choose your favourite)
We do show availability online at http://brilliantbikes.co.uk/125-frog-bikes