FROG Bikes And Learning To Ride

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A year or so ago, when we were looking for a new bike for Little Sir, we visited our local bike shop to have a look at the range.  He had originally had a wooden balance bike which he loved, but it quickly broke through so much use, so we thought we might move him onto a bike with stabilisers.  After all, when I was learning to ride that was the first type of bike we had, and we had bought Little Miss a bike with stabilisers when she was big enough – so we were pretty sure that was the way to go.  Imagine our surprise when the owner suggested that it perhaps wasn’t the only way to go, and asked if we had considered the range of FROG bikes? Ummm, nope! I hadn’t even realised that there were makes of bikes anymore, which goes to show how much research I had done before hand!

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It turns out that the FROG range of bikes is a little different to the standard ones I would expect to find.  Firstly, they are much much lighter in weight that the average child’s bike.  Secondly, they don’t do stabilisers! The premise they believe in is, balance bike first so that your child learns to balance, and then moving onto a pedal bike. This was all very new to me.  I had expected Little Sir to move from his balance bike, to a bike with stabilisers for a year or so and then finally taking them off so he could ride alone.  Talk about turning my thinking on it’s head! And actually it makes sense.  On her bike with stabilisers, Little Miss is learning how to turn the pedals, but she isn’t learning how to balance. In fact it is very stressful taking a bike with stabilisers anywhere – unless we are on an even pavement, it can be a case of getting off and pushing for most of the journey! Not ideal when we are all on bikes!

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So, feeling reassured by the cycle shop owner, we bought Little Sir a gorgeous orange Tadpole balance bike – and away he went.  It really is so much lighter than a standard bike and he very quickly learnt to push and balance as he was riding.  However, it wasn’t until we recently took both children out on their bikes together that we really noticed the difference!  Little Miss, on her stabilisers, is much slower and her bike is much more cumbersome.  When the children got off their bikes to cross the roads it was even more apparent that the FROG bike was so much lighter and more manoeuvrable for Little Sir.   Another huge plus was when Little Sir decided after 50 minutes that his little legs had had enough, Mr N was easily able to carry it home – definitely not something we could do with a bike with stabilisers!

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So this Summer we have decided that we will teach both children to learn to ride their bikes with pedals on Frog Bikes.  We will be upgrading Little Sir from his gorgeous orange Tadpole to a first pedal bike, and we’ve also decided to go the same for Little Miss.  A lighter, easier to ride pedal bike has got to be a winner!

Have you taught your children to ride? Did you go through the stabiliser stage?  We’d love some tips on the best way to do it!

Disclosure: We weren’t asked to review the range of FROG bikes, we just love them so much and thought you might too!

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9 thoughts on “FROG Bikes And Learning To Ride

  1. Lucy | Leaning In

    Nope, I’d never heard of this either but I love the idea. I’ll have to do the same when my daughter is old enough, I much prefer the idea of just letting them get on with it / figure it out! #SharingTheBlogLove

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    1. cherrynewby Post author

      I’m absolutely with you Lucy – it’s got to be better to move straight on to them going from balance to pedals rather than going through stabilisers! And much less stressful for us as adults!

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  2. suz

    Oh I swear by balance bikes. My grandson had one which he loved and now at 3 1/2 he has progressed to a pedal bike. At first we took the pedals off so he got used to it as a balance bike then put one on so he could practise pushing off. He got it really easily. Stabilizers are cumbersome and generally made for bikes that are not made easy for a child to ride.

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  3. Catie: An Imperfect Mum

    Being Dutchies we know quite a lot about bikes LOL and both boys learned to ride first on a balance bike. It does make pedalling much easier and it was especially good for my son with special needs! He finds doing 2 things together very difficult so getting balance first meant he could concentrate on peddling and steering. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
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  4. Lucy At Home

    We did stablisers and then, once she’d mastered pedalling, we took the pedals and stabilisers off so she could get used to balancing, and then we put all the skills together and she was off straight away. I like the idea that the frog bikes are so much lighter, though. I think learning to ride a bike is a big milestone for kids. #ABloggingGoodTime
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  5. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    These sound great! We are right on the cusp of buying a bike, and I’m keen on the idea of balance bikes but not so keen on the wooden ones. My main issue is that my son won’t wear a helmet for his scooter (he says he’d rather not scoot than wear it), so I’m worried that a bike will be the same and just a waste of money. But I think he’d love riding a bike, he just needs some persuading! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. cherrynewby Post author

      We had a wooden balance bike and it broke within a few weeks – it just wasn’t sturdy enough for where my daughter wanted to go! The helmet thing has been a little bit of an issue here, but we let them choose their own helmets with characters on, and both kids love them now! x

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    1. cherrynewby Post author

      I honestly hadn’t realised how many different types of bikes there were – I’d thought they would just move to a bike with stabilisers and then go on from here. I’m really delighted I figured it out though – he loves his balance bike! x

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