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Woom Kids Bikes

WE ARE NOW A WOOM KIDS BIKE RETAILER IN THE UK

We are delighted to have woom kids bikes available to buy online or from our Dunsop Bridge HQ.

We are currently one of only three retailers in the UK offering childrens bikes from this specialist company based in Austria.

Why choose a woom bike? (Kids’ version)

woom bikes are bright, fun, fast, and comfy to ride.

They’re not too big and scary (easy to get on and off) and they are very light, so they’re easy to manage. Plus, they’re super cool to look at.

Why choose a woom bike? (Parents’ version)

woom bikes have so many more advantages than meet the eye.

We did a huge amount of research before deciding which bikes we wanted to stock here at Ribble Valley E-Bikes, and woom kids bikes were at the very top of the list. Designed in Vienna, each one has been created to perfectly consider the age and ability of the rider.

The six models in the range mean there are safe and stable (yet lightweight) bikes to see children right through their formative years.

Unlike many conventional kids bikes which are simply smaller versions of an adult bike, woom bikes have been designed specifically with children’s requirements in mind, using bespoke woom components. Things like small hand reach brakes, for example, and low step-through frames.

Click here for an independent, in-depth look at the Woom2 on the US site ‘Two Wheeling Tots’.

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What’s so special about woom?

There are zero compromises with a woom bike; 90% of parts and components have been specially designed for children and exclusively produced for woom. Woom bikes are 40% lighter – and research shows that children learn to ride up to three times faster on a woom bike – compared to conventional children’s bikes.

Attention to detail

The ‘main reason’ we chose to stock woom bikes at Ribble Valley E-Bikes was actually a lot of little reasons. The attention to detail that goes into these bikes is second-to-none and is evident in a myriad of ways. From the different coloured brakes for at-a-glance recognition, and the chain guard that prevents clothes (and ankles) getting stained and scraped, to the steering limiter on the smaller bikes that prevents overturning and falling; every single element has been examined in detail and designed to perform flawlessly for children. Tiltable handlebars can even shorten or lengthen the reach to suit different torso and arm lengths, effectively creating a bike that is bespoke sized to your child.

Possibly the lightest kids bike you’ve ever seen?

The lightweight aluminium frame of each woom bike has been designed with a low centre of gravity to minimise wobbling and toppling.

A woom 2 pedal bike (for ages 3 – 5 ish) weighs just 5.2kg. This means that it’s easy for kids to manage, but also – very importantly – it’s easy for you to carry when your child inevitably gets distracted and insists on paddling / collecting sticks / twirling around / having a piggy-back ride.

The importance of geometry

The ergonomics are slightly different for each bike in the range. It’s not simply a difference in size, but a more in-depth response to what children need at different ages.

woom Co-Founder Christian Bezdeka explains “Not all of the sizes have the same features since beginner riders need a different geometry compared to intermediate or more advanced riders.”

For the smaller bikes this translates, in part, to having a long wheelbase and positioning the seat lower ‘into’ the bike, means that stability is at its greatest – and yet, little riders are able to enjoy a confidence-building ‘upright’ sitting position thanks to a flat seat angle, without feeling they are perched precariously on top of the bike.

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woom on the market

When woom co-founders Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld began exploring kids bikes for their families, they felt there was room in the industry for a far more considerately designed kids bike.

When woom co-founders Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld began exploring kids bikes for their families, they felt there was room in the industry for a far more considerately designed kids bike.

In an interview with The Bike Dads, Christian explains: “As a lifelong bike enthusiast and a designer in the bike industry, I immediately started thinking about bikes for children when my wife was pregnant. I looked at what was available on the bike market for children, and nothing really met my expectations. I started dreaming and drawing…Having a lightweight bike with good quality material and components was really important to me.”

After extensive research and development, the pair committed to creating their own. They built the first batch of 70 production bikes in Marcus’ garage in Vienna and sold them all in just a few days.

The following six years were spent examining and analysing the world of childrens’ bikes through constant questioning, experimenting and optimising – and the result is six woom bikes for children between1.5 and 14 years of age.

There are woom pedal bikes in sizes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, a woom balance bike, and even woom kids e-bikes which we’ll be adding to our range shortly. These are the woom UP 5, which is for kids between 7 and 11 and the woom UP 6 which is for 10 to 14 year olds.

(Children under 14 aren’t allowed to ride e-bikes on the road, but with a woom e-mountain bike they can whizz around off-road trails and private land to their heart’s content!)

Decisions decisions

Considering what bike to go for can be a tricky decision to make, especially when you can’t guarantee how much your child will use it.

It’s hard to argue with the logic of the woom founders though, who advise against buying cheaply made bikes: “If kids don’t have fun cycling, they won’t want to do it, and good equipment can make the difference between loving and hating the experience. I hear this a lot from customers who had previously purchased bikes that were heavy or not well designed. Imagine if someone asked you to ride for the very first time and you could barely lift your bike or couldn’t stop it from tipping over.”

There’s some great advice on choosing the right bike for your child here. And we’ve included some buying advice of our own below.

If you want to chat about your requirements, feel free to pop in and see us – or get in touch – for an honest, no-obligation chat about which bikes might best suit you and your family.

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Top tips for choosing kids bikes:

Consider what type of cycling they’ll be doing

If you live on a farm and go to Gisburn Forest at the weekend, chances are you’re going to want a mountain bike. (Look out for our woom e-mountain bikes arriving in time for Christmas!)
If you’re more likely to be in town, or on smooth-surfaced roads and lanes, you’re not going to want big knobbly off-road tyres.
Think about the area around your house, and where you may go cycling as a family.

Think about their height and agility

Some bikes are lower than others for children with shorter legs, and have lower frames for stepping over. If your child isn’t the best at balancing – you’re going to want a bike with a low centre of gravity to build their confidence. Nobody enjoys feeling unsafe and teetering about!

Don’t succumb to wishful thinking

However much you might like to think your child’s new bike will be ridden carefully and stored perfectly, you know that it is occasionally going to be dropped, scraped and temporarily abandoned at the gates of the park.
Choose a robust model that can withstand knocks and bumps. Look for longevity via kickstands and durable materials on the sides of the seat for when it is leant or dropped against a wall.

Read the reviews

What may at first seem like a significant spend, suddenly seems much more sensible when you read reviews like “fine-tuned and perfected, woom bikes are the gold medal standard in kids’ bikes” and “The lighter weight and flexibility of the ride has made a huge difference to Jessica’s confidence, and the security of the brakes is also a significant factor. She will now try things she’s learnt at Go-Ride that she couldn’t or wouldn’t attempt on her old bike.”

Don’t take the retailer’s word for it (not even ours!) – read what other honest customers have to say.

Adventure is out there!

Cycling is a fantastic, healthy hobby to start young and continue through the years, and woom bikes are the perfect models to build confidence and encourage a life-long love of getting out on your bike.

What says ‘childhood’ more than whizzing around on two wheels?!

Roger Wolstenholme

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