Christmas is a time to buy your kids stuff you really want but are too old for. From stocking fillers to real road bikes, we've found some cool kids’ gifts to make sure your child (niece, nephew or best friend's sprog) is out on their bike come Boxing Day.
For a first foray into SPD-type pedals, Muddyfox have a cheap, durable and easy to fit first cycling shoe for under £20. If your youngster is ready to try clipless pedals, then these boots will ensure that you haven’t broken the bank if they don’t get on with clipping in. My daughter’s on her second pair this year (due to growing) and they have survived the rough and tumble of playground life really well.
If you want your child to resemble a moving Christmas lights display, then look no further than Mathmos’ Bike Wheel Lights. Available in colour changing or plain white, they will create circles of light as your child speeds along. The internal motion and light sensors mean that they only come on at night when your child is on the move. Please note that Mathmos Bike Wheel Lights will fit Schrader and Woods bike valves. They do not fit Presta valves.
Perfect for your Little Miss, this tee is available in ages 3-13 and in grey, pink or white. Designed by Jonny Cotton, this is a fun, non-technical t-shirt for the mini cyclist in your life. Just hope she’s been not been Little Miss Naughty this year else Santa may not bring her this as a present.
Again for off the bike, this Cycling Raccoon tee is available in ages 2-14 and is billed as a boy’s t-shirt (maybe because the raccoon is wearing blue). Long sleeved for the cooler weather, this snazzy design on a stripy background will declare your youngster’s love for the bike wherever they are.
If you are welcoming a new cyclist into the family, what could be better than a bike themed baby blanket? This 100x75 cm soft pram blanket is available in navy and is padded so can be used as a play mat too. There are matching onsies and overalls too if you want to theme baby’s clothing too.
Winner of a Red Dot product design award and the Junior Design award for best toy, the Spherovelo provides an interesting alternative to traditional pushalong toys and is a great pre-cursor to riding a balance bike. Designed for 10-24 month olds, the Spherovelo allows youngsters to use the in built stabilisers when they first start, then progress to balancing when they are a little older. These cute, curvy looks are available in blue, green, red or white.
Comprising a helmet, water bottle and bell, Halfords accessory bundles come in a variety of themes, from police to bumble bees and cheerleaders to dinosaurs. There is certain to be a theme to match your child’s tastes and at £20 they offer a bargain to fill up xmas stockings with bike filled goodies. The helmets’ sizes vary from 48-54cm so will fit most little heads and all conform to the appropriate EN1078 safety regulations.
It wouldn’t be a Kids’ Christmas Roundup without some spokie dokies. This year we’re loving these star shaped ones for a measly £2 although hearts and spheres are also available for the same price. I blame having an 80’s childhood for my obsession with these.
Maybe more of a present for parents than for children, this is basically a handle to attach to the bike of a learner rider to save hours of bending over pushing your child around the block. Fitting 3/8" x 26tpi axels and most single speed junior bikes, the Balance Buddy Bike Handle is height adjustable and stays upright when you let go as you watch your child bike off unaided down the road.
Want everyone to know that it’s your kid coming down the street? With the Bike Number Plate you can personalise their bike with their name or other ‘reg number’ in green, blue or red. Designed to fit to the handlebars, this number plate comes with A-Z, 0-9 and some duplicate letters so you should be able to spell anything you want. Just make sure it’s not rude!
Billed as the most realistic cycling game there is, Cycling Party was a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. There are 3 levels of play, from junior to master, to keep all the family occupied. Junior players will learn about pelotons, pacelines, breakaways and climbing mountain passes. As you progress, you learn to manage different types of rider and create a stage race. That’s Boxing Day sorted then.
Written by London Cycling Campaign staffer Tom Bogdanowicz, Fred the Magic Bicycle tells the story of Dominik’s special bike which is stolen. As the book is for 0-6 year olds, you’ll be pleased to hear (spoilers!) that Uncle Tom the magician helps Dominik to a happy ending.
Our reviewer loved the JA26, giving it 9/10 and praising the engineering and attention to detail on this youth road bike. Worx road bikes are ‘versatile racing workhorses, with cantilever brakes and enough clearance for cyclo-cross tyres and the associated mud they bring.’ It’s not cheap but it is a race-ready ‘real’ road bike for youngsters, not a road bike shaped toy. You’ll be envious they don’t come in adult sizes.
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