Cycling is one of the most popular hobbies for children of all ages, but as a parent your main concern is always safety. So you know that it's crucial their bike doesn't just look the part, but hits the mark on safety too and with this is mind, we've come up with a few suggestions for folding bikes from Tesco that offer you and your child just what you're both looking for.
Vintage folding bike image by Roger, shared under a Creative Commons Licence
One of the main advantages of folding bikes is that they are light and compact. This not only means that they're not just great for being used on holiday, but it also means your hallway won't be blocked by your children’s muddy bicycles. Folding bikes also easily fit in the boot of a car, so it makes family cycling trips easier than ever. These benefits mean that folding bikes are a little more expensive, but if you're willing to shop around they certainly needn't cost the Earth.
One of the most popular models is the Viking Easy Street. It’s simple to follow instructions make it easy to set up, and it's one of the more sturdy folding bicycles out there, with a solid tensile-steel frame. One thing to note is that it might be a little to heavy for younger children, but should be ideal for teenagers. The latest model comes in white, blue, or black, so they can choose which colour they’d like.
Another smart choice is the Active Fold by Raleigh. The bike features alloy V-brakes for stable breaking, as well as single gears, which should help your peace of mind as far as safety is concerned. The handle bar and seat are also easily adjustable so the bike can be adapted while your child grows. The bike only weighs around 16 kg so it's not to cumbersome to carry on holiday.
Folding bike image by Chris Scott, shared under a Creative Commons Licence
An option for the more budget conscious parent is the Stowabike Folding City Compact Foldable Bike. This bike still has the advantages of portability but weighs slightly more than the competition. Its Shimano 6 speed gears still offer a smooth ride and the bike comes in a stylish steel coloured frame. Perfect for 13 year olds and over, this bike offers excellent value for money at the expense of a little extra weight.
Folding bikes really do offer a far more convenient option, and as bicycle technology has improved over the years, so has the safety. So don’t be afraid to choose one of these bikes for your child.
Author's Bio: Rebecca Hurt is an adventure seeking biology graduate, currently traveling around the globe. She likes kids photography and wildlife.