“ Brand: B'Twin / Designed for: Children „
At 9, my eldest was ready for a 24" bike - and this one designed for girls of 135cm - 155cm is the one we chose from Decathlon. Priced at £139 it comes fully loaded with everything a young cyclist might need, and we, and my daughter, are very pleased with it. For the price it's a quality and well performing bike.
This bike is unashamedly aimed at girls with flowery pink features, without being over-pink in my opinion. The frame has a lowered bar which makes it easy for my daughter to get on and off. Once ready to cycle she can enjoy a very comfortable bike seat and a range of other features that make cycling a real pleasure for her. The main novelty feature is the wire basket which is easily taken on and off with the click of a button and which has a handle ready for carrying small amounts of shopping. My daughter tends to ride her bike without the basket most of the time, but it's handy for supermarket trips.
The bike is a "hybrid" with tyres that can cope with road and slight off-road use. We have found that the bike handles forest paths and the road equally well - she can get up a good speed with the bike which was fitted as her size in store. I would say it's worth buying this bike in the shop as they make those little adjustments that make the bike right for the child, check that you are buying a bike that is appropriate for child and also do a free check up after a few weeks' use.
The bike has six speeds, which I think is sufficient for a younger cyclist who is potentially going to get confused with more. To change speeds you just need to twist the grip, this is easy and intuitive for a child getting to grips with gears in my opinion. The brakes are of the V-brake sort and seem efficient enough, and the actual brake grips are softly padded, another thoughtful touch. All the features of this bike have been well thought through, a stand comes fitted as standard (not the case with all children's bikes at all) and the bike also has mud guards and front and rear battery powered lights as well as reflectors. There are also front and rear mudguards to the bike (polycarbonate according to the manufacturer) - a very good thing given the amount of muddy tracks we cycle down and again not a standard feature on children's bikes. The guards are plastic but of good quality and the front wheel is quick release - handy for allowing us to transport it in our car's boot.
I like the fact that to change the saddle height you don't need to reach for a spanner, there is a quick release system, so changing the height of the saddle is an absolute breeze - again a good feature for children of this age who are growing quite rapidly. The front handle bars are well sized and easy to use - my daughter found this bike easy and fun to ride from day one and we have had no issues with it at all. All in all this bike looks and feels like a quality item. The finish on the frame is good, and it's handy to know that the frame is guaranteed five years and the parts two years, I suspect we will be using it for much longer than that as it's sure to be used by my daughter's younger sister. I think that the service Decathlon offer is excellent in terms of advising customers and that the bikes they sell are good quality for the price you pay. I would have no hesitation at all recommending this bike, and I'm glad we bought it.