Before Christmas I posted an article about Bikes For Girlies, in which I highlighted the two machines that I’d asked Santa to sort out for our ladies. Well, here’s the verdict:
Both bikes arrived flat-packed, which is sometimes a cause for consternation. No need to worry though: both were very easy to put together. The Bumper Sparkle is the most complicated of the pair, with extra girly attachments like a storage box over the back wheel; bag on the handlebars; mudguards and so on. Even so, it was road-ready in about 45 minutes.
The Falcon Cherry as an altogether simpler proposition. Stripped down and designed to look fast & mean, this one was all sorted in easily less than half an hour.
Don’t think that you get the tools you need though: you don’t. You’ll need a couple of screwdrivers; pliers and an adjustable spanner; allen key and a little bit of grunt to assemble these bikes and to make final adjustments to the brakes etc. If you already have a bike and some tools, you won’t need anything new.
One reader expressed a concern over the weight of these steelies. But I’m glad to say that the absence of suspension (unneccessary on bikes so small?) makes them both very manageable. I dont expect any issues loading them both onto our Witter cycle carrier – along with our other 3 steeds – when the weather improves.
Both of these 18″ wheeled bikes are strong, well-built units, which I expect to see the girls through the 2 years or so that they’ll fit them. Then, as I usually do, I’ll wash them and donate them to some other child to spread the joy – it’s like my own personal FreeCycle scheme and I love to see the face of a local bikeless kid light up, moments before their first serious crash sends them crying and running for home! 🙂
At less than £200 for the pair, delivered from BikesAndPrams.co.uk in Pemberton, I’m very happy with my choice. The girls are too. I used these people after a colleague recommended them, and I’d happily add to his praise.
Tell ’em Phill sent you.