Ford Ride London – Essex 2024: A Challenging Cycling Adventure

Ford Ride London – Essex 2024: A Challenging Cycling Adventure

Exploring new places can be fun and exciting, especially when cycling is involved. The Ford Ride London is a traffic-free cycling route throughout Essex, which offers an unforgettable experience, not only to see new places but also to push yourself within a thrilling challenge. This year, the event will take place on Sunday 26th May 2024. How do you plan to take part?

Stages of rides at RideLondon 2024

Ford Ride London – Essex 30: Sunday 26th May – Embankment – South Woodford – Tower Bridge

Ford Ride London – Essex 60: Sunday 26th May – Embankment – Ongar – Tower Bridge

Ford Ride London – Essex 100: Sunday 26th May – Victoria Embankment – Braintree – Tower Bridge

 

Need some encouragement to take part next year?

Unfortunately, it is now too late to sign up for this year’s RideLondon event. Make sure to keep an eye out for the announcement of RideLondon 2025.

  1. Picturesque Views: The ride starts and finishes in London, taking you on a beautiful ride through the picturesque Essex Countryside and in between. You’ll get a glimpse of the quaint villages and stunning greenery,  as well as get a taste for England’s rich history.
  2. Take on a challenge: Tackle the challenging terrain, from steep climbs to exhilarating descents. The RideLondon is a huge challenge for any cyclist, no matter how much experience you may have, however, it’s incredibly rewarding! Not only for you to challenge yourself, but also to raise money for incredible causes while doing so.
  3. Community: The RideLondon is a great day out for the whole family. Whether you’re taking part in the event, and meeting with some friends before or after, or you’re going to support  a loved one who is taking part – it creates a huge sense of community for everyone. Keep an eye out on our socials (@cyclekinguk) to see what we get up to to support RideLondon – Essex.

 

Join us in supporting the Ford RideLondon – Essex riders

We’ve partnered with Epping Forest District Council to support RideLondon at the Epping Community Fete. Join us between 8:30am and 12:30 pm on 26th May to take part in an array of fun activities.

Work up a sweat for your very own fruit delight on one of our smoothie bikes, tackle tombola or get some funky face paint. You can also  be in with the chance of winning one of the two bikes we’ve donated for the events, either a kids’ or adults’ bike. It’s an enjoyable day out for the whole family; we hope to see you there.

We’d love to see what you get up to on the day! Make sure to tag us in your photos @cyclekinguk. You can find out more about the Epping Community fete here.

Accessories to jazz up or improve your ride:

Know someone keen to get training for RideLondon 2025? Gift the gift of support with some of our most popular accessories. 

Raleigh Flinger Extendable Mudguards 24-29 – £11.99 This set of mudguards are adjustable and easy to fit, giving you more protection from mud and splashes while you ride.

 

 

Raleigh Quest Helmet Yellow – WAS £30, NOW £19.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Raleigh Quest helmets are a great choice for all cyclists. With a microshell construction, 21 airflow vents, quick release buckle and sealed inner pads – It’s bound to protect your head from bumps and falls.

Smart Front Rear 3 LED light set – £14.99 This compact light set is designed to be an affordable yet effective light set, ideal for all cyclists.

 

 

  Zefal Magnum Pro 975 ml Bottle Black – £8.99

The large capacity of this bottle makes it perfect for those long bike rides helping you to stay hydrated on your cycle. It’s compatible with most bottle cages.

 

The Ford RideLondon – Essex is more than just a cycling event; it’s a fun way to challenge yourself, raise money for charity and enjoy great day out for the entire family. Whether you’re taking part this year, or supporting someone you know, we hope you all have a great time celebrating and we hope to see you at the Epping Community Fete.
Mastering the road: Your guide to cycling confidently and safely on the road.

Mastering the road: Your guide to cycling confidently and safely on the road.

Cycling on the road comes with a lot of responsibility. You not only need to be aware of yourself, but also of other vehicles, pedestrians, and road conditions. Understanding the road will help you to staysafe, and protect yourself and others from any accidents. In this blog, we aim to help you understand road markings, tyre safety and offer tips to manage road rage. We’ll also give our recommendations on road bikes, as well as cycling accessories to help keep you safe on the roads.

Road markings

Road markings act as a very useful guide for both cyclists and drivers. They help you to anticipate upcoming changes in the road layouts, as well as navigate your way across the roads better. Make sure you’re familiar with the meanings of different road markings to help ensure safety on the roads.

Cycle lanes are designated lanes for cyclists and are marked by a solid white line at the edge of the road. You do not have to stay within this line, but it acts as a guide for drivers to ensure that cycle lanes are unobstructed at all times.

‘GIVE WAY’ markings: These are marked by broken white lines at junctions or roundabouts. When approaching, you must give way to the right.

Advanced ‘STOP’ lines: These are boxed areas at traffic lights that are reserved for cyclists, you should wait here for the traffic lights to change.

‘STOP’ line at ‘STOP’ sign: Everyone must stop behind this solid line, both vehicles and cyclists.

Tyre Safety

You should always check your bike tyres before heading for a cycle to ensure they’re road safe. Inflation: Check that the tyres are suitably inflated to ensure they grip to the road. Browse our selection of bike pumps here. Punctures/splits: Never ride your bike if the tyres have any splits or cuts to them. You could invest in puncture-resistant tyres to prevent this from happening. Browse our puncture repair equipment here.

Cycling Accessories

Investing in the right, good quality cycling accessories can not only improve your ride but also enhance safety on the roads when cycling. Helmets: A properly fitted helmet is essential for protecting your head in the case of a fall or accident. They should be replaced every 3 years to ensure the foam under the plastic shell has not been compressed and is still effectively protecting your head. Browse our selection of adults helmets here.

 
Ammaco MTB Helmet Rear V LED blue – WAS £49.99, NOW £39.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)
Lights & Reflectors will enhance your visibility on the road and help you to be seen by other cyclists, vehicles and pedestrians. Browse our bike lights here.
Bike Indicator light & Horn Set – WAS £39.99, NOW £9.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)
Bike locks keep your bike safe preventing it from being stolen when you are not using it. Browse our bike locks here.
OnGuard Akita 8039 Cable Lock 1.2m x 12mm – WAS £18.00, NOW £14.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Road Rage – Being aware of other cyclists/vehicles

Cyclists can sometimes face some backlash from drivers, but it’s essential to stay calm whilst on the roads. There are some ways you can prevent road rage encounters as a cyclist: Obey the rules: Always make sure you are following the rules of the law and road markings to prevent any drivers getting frustrated with you. Stay aware: Make sure you are aware of the road conditions and other vehicles. Minimise distractions such as mobile phones or music. Be seen: Ensure you are wearing hi-vis clothing or have lights on your bike to help others see you on the road and prevent any accidents.

Bike Recommendations

Our road and gravel bike collection is designed for cyclists who demand versatility and performance across diverse terrains. These bikes seamlessly blend the speed of road bikes with the resilience of gravel models, featuring lightweight frames, responsive handling, and wider tyres for enhanced traction on varied surfaces. They are ideal for both long-distance road rides and adventurous off-road trails, offering the perfect mix of comfort, durability, and agility. View our recommendations below: 

Ammaco Pace Road Sports bike – WAS £449.99, NOW £279.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY) A simplistic yet stylish road bike. The Ammaco Pace features a sturdy Hi-tensile steel frame to conquer the open road. The pace is also equipped with 14-speed STI gears for smooth and precise shifting. Whether you’re climbing steep hills or cruising down a flat stretch, the Ammaco Pace is the ideal road bike for any cyclist.
Tifosi Rostra Centaur Road Sports bike – NOW £1399.00 The Tifosi Rostra is the ultimate all-season bike for all year cycling. Featuring a lightweight but durable aluminium frame, carbon fork blades and powerful calliper brakes to ensure a smooth ride.
As you prepare to cycle on the roads, please remember that safety should be the main priority. By familiarising yourself with road markings, maintaining tyre safety, knowing how to handle road rage, and ensuring you are visible on the roads, you can navigate with confidence and peace of mind. Cycling isn’t just about getting from point A to point B—it’s about getting outdoors, staying healthy, and reducing your carbon footprint. So, whether you’re commuting to work, exploring scenic routes, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride, embrace the freedom of cycling while keeping safety at the forefront of your mind.   You can browse our selection of road bikes here, or visit your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store today. Find your local store here.  
E-Bike Safety Tips: Staying Safe on the Roads with Electric Bikes

E-Bike Safety Tips: Staying Safe on the Roads with Electric Bikes

Electric bikes, also known as e-Bikes, have gained huge popularity in recent years, offering a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transport. While e-bikes offer several further benefits from your regular non-electric bike, this shouldn’t deter from the most important priority when choosing a bike, riding safety. In this blog, we’ll explore some crucial safety tips to ensure safety is at the forefront of every ride, whilst enjoying your e-bike’s full potential.

 

1. Know your e-bike

Before embarking on your journey, familiarise yourself with your e-bike’s features. Understand how to adjust the pedal assist levels, operate the brakes, and manage the electric motor. Regularly check your e-bike for any signs of wear and tear, and ensure that it’s properly maintained for optimal performance and safety.

 

2. Be mindful of your speed

While e-bikes offer assistance with pedaling, it’s essential to stay mindful of your speed. Respect speed limits and adjust your riding pace according to road conditions, traffic flow, and your surroundings. Avoid sudden accelerations or decelerations, especially when navigating congested areas or crowded pathways.

 

3. Stay visible

Enhance your visibility to other road users by using front and rear lights, reflectors, and hi-vis clothing. Some e-bikes come equipped with built-in lights, but if your chosen e-bike doesn’t, check out our wide range of bikes lights by clicking here. We’ve put together some of our top picks for bike lights and hi-vis clothing below:

 

Moon LX-100 Front USB Light – WAS £39.99, NOW £29.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

A compact and lightweight light that offers high performance output for all year use,with 5 hours of runtime in just one single charge. Choose from six lighting modes: Overdrive, high, standard, flashing, strobe & SOS.

Reflective Hi-Viz Trouser Clips Pair – WAS £3.99, NOW £1.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Reduce your wind drag, increase your stability and make yourself more visible on the daily commute or weekend ride. A great choice for any commuter!

4. Always wear protective clothing

Wearing protective gear is essential whether you are on a regular bike, or electric bike. It’s worth investing in a good quality helmet that fits you snug, and will protect your head in the case of an accident. Did you know you should replace your helmet every three years, or sooner, to ensure it effectively  absorbs shock from an accident? Check out our top pick adults helmet below:

Ammaco Venti Shield X Road helmet – WAS £89.99, NOW £79.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

This helmet will elevate your safety with Shield X technology, offering enhanced protection. The Shield X liner allows a sliding motion of approximately 10-15mm which helps reduce the impact to your head. It’s designed for those seeking performance, comfort, and natural cooling from a high-quality stylish road cycling helmet.

5. Follow the traffic laws

This is a particularly important rule to follow when cycling on roads. Always pay attention to traffic lights and make sure to stick to cycle lanes to avoid any accidents. If turning, make sure to signal beforehand to make other drivers aware. Be considerate of other road users and pedestrians.

 

6. Stay alert to obstacles

Be aware of vehicles, pedestrians and other cyclists to avoid a collision. Stay focused and minimise distractions such as music or using your phone whilst riding. Always consider the conditions of the road and adjust your speed accordingly. Keep an eye out for potholes, mud, puddles, leaf piles and be cautious when approaching.

If you’re looking for an efficient way of getting around then an e-bike is a great choice for you. Whether you’re in need of a leisurely ride around town or planning on commuting to work, we’ve got the perfect e-bike for any requirements. Here are some of our top pick e-bikes:

Ampere Deluxe Step Through 700c Wheel electric bike – NOW £1499.00

The Ampere Deluxe is a high spec electric step-through bike at great value. No need to worry about getting up those hills, this bike packs a powerful rear hub 250W motor able to climb any hill. With an integrated battery, the Ampere deluxe is a slick and stylish e-bike. It’s also equipped with built-in lights, a large LED screen and fully hydraulic Shimano brakes.

Emu Roam Crossbar 700c Wheel Electric Bike – WAS £1149.00, NOW £999.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Emu Roam Crossbar offers two battery options. One is the 10.4Ah, which offers a 45-mile range in a single charge. The other is 14Ah which offers a 55-mile range in a single charge. It’s both reliable and cost-effective and doesn’t require excessive pedaling to reach your destination. It is also equipped with front and rear mudguards, Tektro brakes, and puncture-resistant CST tyres for increased safety.

We also have a handy e-bike user guide which provides lots of useful information about e-bikes, how to look after the battery and how to maintain the bike itself. You can check it out here.

As e-bikes continue to grow in popularity, prioritising safety should be the main concern for all riders. By following these essential safety tips and exercising caution on the road, you can enjoy the many benefits of electric cycling while minimising the risk of accidents or injuries. You can browse our selection of electric bikes here, or visit your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store today. Find your local store here.

Exploring the Exciting World of Kids’ Bikes and Accessories

Exploring the Exciting World of Kids’ Bikes and Accessories

When your child is old enough to start cycling, it can be a very exciting time, from buying their first bike, to the proud moment when they upgrade to their ‘big’ bike. However, it can sometimes be confusing trying to find which is best for your child. From the frame style, to wheel size, there’s lots to consider to ensure you buy the perfect bike for your little one. With so many options from BMX bikes, mountain bikes, balance bikes, and more! In this blog, we’ll help you understand the different types of kids’ bikes out there so you can ensure every penny counts when it comes to your family’s cycling journey!

 

Bikes for Toddlers

Balance bikes are a safe step for any 2-3 year old if you’re eager to ease them into cycling. By using their feet to get themselves going, your child will develop their coordination and balance skills,vital for riding bikes as they grow older. You can read more about why your child will love a balance bike here. Below we’ve listed some popular kids’ balance bikes to get started:

Hawk Scoot Balance Bike Green WAS £99.99, NOW £59.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Hawk Scoot balance bike is a lightweight balance bike, equipped with an adjustable saddle, so it grows with your child throughout their development stages. You don’t have to worry about any slips or trips as this comes with an anti-slip deck for easy riding.

 

Little Town Wooden Balance Bike Grey – WAS £99.99, NOW £39.99 (SALE ENDS SOON) 

Bring your little one’s imagination to life, with a little town wooden balance bike. It’ll take your child on cycling journeys to fantastic, imaginary places! It’s also a great bike to help them get started on balance and coordination skills.

 

 

Kids’ Pedal Bikes and Sizing

In case you aren’t aware, kids’ bikes are actually measured by wheel size, rather than frame size. Children grow very quickly, so this needs to be taken into consideration when buying a kids bike. However, if you buy a bike that is too big for your child, you will compromise your child’s safety, and potentially discourage your child from cycling. Your child should feel comfortable on the saddle, be able to easily get on and off, reach the handles and brakes, and reach the pedals without stretching. We have a handy bike sizing guide to help, or we welcome you to pop in-store where our expert staff will be happy to help  find the perfect bike for all your family members.

We have a large selection of kids pedal bikes, ranging from 12” wheels (suitable for 3 year olds) to 24” wheels (suitable for 8/10 year olds). Pedal bikes come in all sorts of styles, from BMX, mountain bikes, road bikes, single speed and more. Below, we’ve listed a few of the popular types of kids pedal bikes.

Kids’ Single-Speed Pedal Bikes

Single speed bikes are the next step for children that have mastered their balancing and coordination skills, and are ready for a bigger bike, but aren’t quite confident using proper gears yet. Single speed pedal bikes only offer one gear; making them fun and straightforward to use. These are available in different styles, from BMX to mountain bikes, and are even available in up to 24 inch wheel sizes. Here are some of our recommendations:

Schwinn Koen 18 inch bikeWAS £164.99, NOW £129.99  (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Schwinn Koen has been designed to tailor a child’s body, meaning that it’ll ensure a much smoother ride for your child. The adjustable saddle, seat post, and slack seat-tube angle make for easy, tool-free adjustments to allow the Schwinn Koen to grow with your child and prepare them for a full-sized bicycle. It’s a perfect bike for learning and having fun while doing so.

Salcano Muki 14 inch bike LilacWAS £259.99, NOW £129.00 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Salcano Multi comes complete with fun pink handlebar tassels, cool doodle graphics, and a dolly seat so they can bring their favourite toy wherever they go. The bike also features anti splash mudguards, and a chain guard to ensure fingers are out of harm’s way.

Kids’ BMX Bikes

A BMX is a good choice for any aspiring daredevil. Although they are single speed bikes, their 20 inch wheels mean that they tend to be more suitable for slightly older children, aged 7+.  BMX bikes are lightweight, allowing your child to perform all sorts of stunts and tricks while also being a great fit for a variety of terrains. See below for our top picks:

Flite Punisher 20 inch Kids BMX bike – WAS £280, NOW £179.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Your daredevil will be the coolest kid in town with the flite punisher. It’s perfect for beginner riders, with a sturdy high-tensile steel frame and oversized tubing and stunt pegs. Its durable alloy mag wheels make it suitable for all sorts of terrains and uses, whether you’re popping down to the shops or heading to the skate park to hit the slopes.

Ammaco Freestyler BMX 20 inch kids BMX bike – WAS £299.99, NOW £159 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Ensure your child is safe and ready for the skatepark with the Ammaco Freestyler. This BMX is equipped with 4 heavy duty trick nuts and a 360 gyro system, allowing the handlebars to complete a 360 degree rotation without the brake cables tangling. The freestyler also features high rise BMX handlebars for a comfortable yet traditional BMX riding position.

Kids multi speed pedal bikes:

As children grow older and become more experienced and confident riders, multi-speed bikes become a great option. These bikes feature multiple gears, allowing its rider to tackle different terrains and adjust their speed accordingly. Multi-speed bikes are available in various styles, including mountain bikes, road bikes, and hybrid bikes, meaning that there’s an option for all different riding preferences and skill levels. See some of popualr multi-speed bike styles below.

Kids Mountain Bikes

Kids mountain bikes are designed to support young riders while still providing the thrill and adventure of off-road cycling. These often feature multiple gear systems, sturdy frames, and strong suspension systems to absorb all those bumps.

Ammaco Summit 24 inch mountain bike WAS £389.99, NOW 209.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Ammaco Summit is designed to maximise fun! It’s equipped with 18 gears, and full suspension that absorbs any lumps and bumps, making it the perfect bike for epic adventures. It’s finished off with reliable V-brakes, so you can rest assured that your child will be in full control in any condition. With 24 inch wheels, it’s suitable for thrill seekers aged 8/10+.

Cuda Kinetic 24 inch mountain bike – WAS £375, NOW £249.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Cuda Kinetic is a perfect mountain bike for any young rider. Its 24 inch wheels make it suitable for any child aged 8/10+. Equipped with Shimano 18 speed transmission, to give your adventure a wider range of gear ratios. As well as a micro adjust seat post, quick release seat clamp and a front suspension fork. It’s an ideal bike for braving the off-road routes or cycling round the neighbourhood.

Kids cruiser Bikes

Cruiser bikes are everyday bikes designed for leisurely and casual rides. With their comfortable upright riding position, wide handlebars, and cushioned seats, cruiser bikes are perfect for family outings and neighbourhood adventures. These bikes often feature single-speed or multi-speed options, allowing riders to enjoy a relaxed pace whilst exploring.

GT Stomper Ace 20 inch kids bike – Our price £350

Small wheels won’t affect your fun! With the GT Stomper Ac,  riders as young as 7 years old, can enjoy the full off roading experience. The GT stomper ace features a lightweight aluminium frame, a rigid fork, microSHIFT gears, and disc brakes so it rides like a dream.  It’s suitable for all sorts of riders, whether you’re hitting the trails or just popping to the shops.

Sonic Beau 20 inch mountain bike – WAS £250, NOW £149.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Beau 20 inch is fit for those who are keen to embark on fun cycling adventures. It features suspension forks to reduce the bumps and V-brakes to provide confidence when stopping. It also boasts a delicate pastel and floral design for a sophisticated look.

Kids bike accessories

Ensuring a fun ride goes beyond just having a bike, and can be enhanced by some exciting accessories. From safety essentials such as snug-fitting helmets, to fun add ons like custom sound bells, accessories not only personalise your little ones bike but also contribute to safety, comfort, style and even confidence. Check out our top picks below to enhance your kids’ bike:

Seafish kids bike saddle – £9.99

Jazz up their bike with a brand new seafish kids’ bike saddle. Made from a soft rubber cover and a layer of comfortable foam underneath, you can ensure comfort for any young rider. It also fits on any straight seat post, and can be fitted to micro adjustable seats too once the clamp is removed.

Ammaco Spider kids helmet 52-56cmWAS £29.99, NOW £24.99

This eye-catching helmet is made with comfort in mind, with its removable pads and easy to adjust dial-fit system. Perfectly sized for toddlers and young children, it’s a fantastic helmet for young cyclists learning to ride a balance bike or their very first pedal bike.

Rev it up bike exhaust pipe£14.99

The ‘Rev it up’ bike exhaust pipe is an innovative product that could be a perfect present for any thrill seeking cyclist. Featuring cool designs to customise your exhaust, as well as 6 motor sound cards to choose the sound system you desire!

10 LED Light Electric horn redWAS £39.99, NOW £9.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

This is the perfect kids’ bike accessory to make safety fun! Allow your child to customise the light pattern they want for their bike, as well as choosing from 4 siren sounds including lazer, ray gun, siren and alarm!

There’s many different types of kids bikes available, for all sorts of preferences and riding styles. By understanding the various types of kids’ bikes available, you can select a bike that not only fits your child’s needs but also provides a safe and enjoyable riding experience. Whether it’s a balance bike for a toddler or a BMX bike for a budding daredevil, the world of kids’ bikes offers something for every young rider to explore and enjoy.

Visit your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store where our expert staff can help you find the perfect bike for you child, or use our handy sizing guide to help you shop online today.

Encouraging Children to Embrace the Joys of Cycling

Encouraging Children to Embrace the Joys of Cycling

In today’s digital world, encouraging children to engage in outdoor activities can be difficult. However, getting out and exercising is a crucial part of our lifestyles. Cycling is a fun way to get your children outdoors. Not only does cycling promote both mental and physical wellbeing, but it also gives children a sense of independence and can boost confidence. In this blog, we explore the reasons why your child should take up cycling and how you can encourage them to do so.

 

What are the benfits of cycling?

  • Boosts physical fitness: Cycling is an excellent way for children to engage in exercise, helping them to build strong muscles and bones. It promotes a healthy lifestyle from a young age and can help reduce the risk of any health issues.
  • Increased coordination and balance: Riding a bike enhances a child’s coordination and balancing skills, which contribute to the development of key motor skills.
  • Confidence building: Mastering the skill of cycling is a huge achievement for many young children, helping to boost their self-esteem and confidence. It’s a great activity to teach them perseverance and to overcome challenges.
  • Social Interaction: Cycling can be a social activity, encouraging children to ride with and spend more time with family and friends. It promotes communication and social skills.

 

Tips to encourage kids to cycle

1. Start Early: Introduce your child to cycling at an early age. This could be with a kids’ balance bike, which help children develop balance and coordination before jumping onto a pedal bike.

 

Here are some great kids’ balance bikes:

Little Town Wooden Balance Bike Grey – WAS £99.99, NOW £39.99 (SALE ENDS SOON) 

Bring your little one’s imagination to life, with a little town wooden balance bike. It’ll take your child on cycling journeys to fantastic, imaginary places! It’s also a great bike to help them get started on balance and coordination skills.

 

Hawk Flash Balance Bike Purple – WAS £89.99, NOW £35 (SALE ENDS SOON)

The Hawk flash balance bike is a great way to introduce your child to cycling. Featuring an adjustable saddle and handlebar, and 12-inch tyres to give your child full control of their cycle.

 

 

 

 

2. Lead by example: Children will often follow in their parents’ footsteps. So, if they see you enjoying cycling, they are more likely to develop an interest. Plan family bike rides or use your bike for short trips around the neighbourhood. Sooner or later, they’ll be asking to join you for a cycling adventure!

3. Show your support: Celebrate all achievements, even the small ones! This is particularly useful if your child isn’t very confident on bike. Whether your child is starting to ride with stabilisers, or is cycling down a steep hill for the first time, make sure you celebrate this with them. Positive reinforcement will make the learning process much more enjoyable for everyone.

4. Create challenges: Make cycling even more fun by creating small challenges for your little ones to take part in. Get your children to try spotting as many animals on their cycles as they can, or to count how many flowers they see. All these help to keep them entertained and motivated to keep up the hobby.

5. Get them fun accessories: Accessories are the cherry on top of any new bike! They make a bike more personalised and encourage the owner to take pride in their belonging. Whether it’s a cool new helmet, a funky bell, or even a fancy water bottle – these small additions could really help to encourage your child to look forward to cycling. As part of the January Sale, you can get an extra 20% off spares and accessories when you spend £25 or over (Use code ‘SPARES20’).

Browse some of our fun kids’ bike accessories:

Ammaco 3 sounds fun horn blue – WAS £9.99, NOW £8.99 (SALE ENDS SOON)

Make safety a must, with the Ammaco fun horn. It comes with a choice of 3 loud sounds: Whistle, hooter, and ringer. This bell will encourage safety from your child, while still letting them have some fun cycling!

Ventura Kids Mitts Green Turtle XS£6.99

Why not get your child some funky gloves for some added protection whilst riding their bike? Available in blue penguin, orange elephant, and pink puppy. They’re washable and feature a non-slip palm surface and Velcro fastener.

 

Oxford 48-54cm stars Junior Helmet Purple –  £24.99

A snazzy helmet could really help to encourage your child to get out and cycle! We’ve got a great selection of helmets, whether your child likes dinosaurs, flowers, or space, we’ve got you covered! The Oxford stars junior helmet features bright, colourful designs that’s bound to get your child excited!

Ammaco Blue Green Spokey Dokeys 25 – WAS £4.99, NOW £2.99

Add some style to your bike these with spokey dokey’s. They’re easy to fit, and will look super cool on your child’s ride!

6. Select the correct bike: This is the most crucial part of encouraging your child to take up cycling. Making sure your child’s bike fits them correctly will hugely impact how comfortable and confident they feel whilst cycling. You may not be aware that childrens’ bikes are measured by wheel size, rather than by frame size. Your child should feel comfortable on the saddle. Ensure they can easily get on and off, can reach the handles and brakes, and can reach the pedals without stretching. Check out our handy guide on kids’ bikes sizing. We also have a large selection of kids’ bikes, with prices starting at £64.99 for 14-inch wheel. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are some of our top picks.

 

Top Picks – Boys’ Bikes:

Ammaco Bandit 24-Inch wheel kids mountain bike grey – WAS £349.99, NOW £239

Whether your child is riding through muddy trails or meeting up with their friends, this bike is a must-have for any young rider. Featuring 6-speed easy-to-use Shimano Revoshift gears for an easy getaway, powerful front & rear v-type brakes, and a front suspension fork that absorbs any bumps in the terrain ahead.

Salcano Bad Boy 14-Inch Wheel kids bike Black and GreenWAS £259.99, NOW £139 (SALE ENDS SOON)

This is the perfect choice for any young adventurous child. With a tough steel frame, it’s built to last. The bike features a full enclosed chain guard for added safety. As well as, powerful front and rear V-type brakes for rapid stopping power. It also has cool ‘Bad boy’ themed wheel covers for added style.

 

Top Picks – Girls’ Bikes:

Ammaco Tiffany 25-Inch Wheel Kids Heritage Bike Green – WAS £399.99, NOW £249 (SALE ENDS SOON)

The Ammaco Tiffany is the perfect classic heritage bike for those heading out with friends, or accompanying mum on a shopping trip. Featuring traditional details which provide a retro look, while using modern components to ensure a smooth ride. It even features a wicker basket, ideal for carrying small bags, teddy bears, snacks, and more!

Flite Screamer 20 Inch Wheel kids BMX bike white and pink – WAS £220, NOW £119 (SALE ENDS SOON)

Let your child ride in style, with the Flite Screamer! Its freestyle frame, BMX fork and stunt pegs make this bike ideal for pulling off those crowd pleasing moves. It has front and rear steel V brakes, to give precise control over speed. Your child will never want to get off this bike!

You can browse our large selection of kids bikes online, or you can pop into your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store, where our friendly expert staff will be on hand to help you find the perfect bike for your child (and yourself!). We even have an in-store height chart to ensure you get it right first time.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, we recommend reading our blog on ‘5 tips for keeping your child safe on their first bike’ for more kids’ bikes safety tips.

Remember, cycling is all about getting outdoors and having fun! Encouraging your children to cycle will benefit them in all aspects of their lives, whether that’s socialising with their friends or improving their independence as they move through school and beyond. It can take a bit of patience at first, but it’ll be so worth it. So, grab those helmets, inflate those tyres, and embark on an outdoors family adventure!

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WIN A PROFESSIONAL HECTOR MOUNTAIN BIKE

[THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED]

 

It’s competition time. Sign up to the Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ newsletter and automatically enter our January Competition to win a Professional Hector Mountain Bike in celebration of our BIG JANUARY SALE! Already part of our community of cycle-enthusiasts? Don’t worry, you can still enter below!  

To be in with the chance to win a Professional Hector Adult’s Mountain Bike in our January 2024 competition, you must use the form above to join the Cyle King & Hawk Cycles’ mailing list. You can choose to unsubscribe at a later date. The competition will close on Monday 15th January 2024 at 1pm (UK time). A winner will be drawn at random from all names entered via the sign-up form. Only active participants on the mailing list will be included in the draw. The winner will be notified by email using the email address entered on the sign-up form. 

  • You must be over 18 to enter.
  • You must reside in the UK.
  • The prize will only be dispatched to a valid UK address, or can be collection in person from your local Cycle King and Hawk Cycles’ store.

Terms & Conditions

The winner will receive the Professional Hector Mountain Bike as advertised above. No cash or product alternative will be offered. The Promoter will not deliver the prize to any address outside of the mainland UK. Once the winner has been contacted, they must reply to The Promoter within 2 weeks to receive their prize. The Promoter will try to contact the winner over a 4-week period.

If the winner cannot be contacted, or successful contact is not made within the time periods set out, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and the Promoter reserves the right to disqualify that entrant (without further liability to that entrant) and offer the prize to the next eligible entrant and thereafter until a winner is found.

This competition is in no way affiliated with any Social Media channels.