For months, our little one has been asking for a new bike. Months. Every time we pass a child on a bike, in the park, or visit a friend with a bike, or just mention the word “bike”, she reminds us that she would like a bike “with stabilisers please”.
The stabilisers were very important you see. Because her old bike, which she has outgrown, was an amazing balance bike which cleverly allows you to add pedals when your child is ready for them. Clever, except when you fit the pedals too early, meaning the only way your child can ride her bike is with you holding the back of it. Parent fail.
So she has been dreaming of a bike with stabilisers. Enter, the Apollo Petal Kids’ Bike from Halfords….
This bike is perfect for her because it’s bigger than her old balance bike (14″ so ideal for 4-6 year olds up to 117cm tall) and she can ride it without our help. It has front and rear calliper brakes, which she has loved learning to use (“I’m going backwards!” she’ll shout as she rolls back down a hill. “Use your brakes!” we’ll call back.)
Personally, the gender-neutral fan in me loves that this bike isn’t pink. Or pale purple. It’s a great turquoise colour (Elsa blue apparently) and has bright yellow sunflowers all over it, including the chain guard which protects the child from getting covered in oil.
But the five-year-old would have been just as happy with a pink bike (look at her self-styled outfit, can you tell she likes pink?!)
The bike is fairly heavy at 6.3kg so it’s not the kind of thing you can lift and carry very easily, but it’s sturdy and feels solid in that way you want your child’s bike to feel.
We’ve been loving taking it to our local park, and watching her tear along the paths at top speed.
Something that really impressed me about Halfords was the free in-store build – you can collect the bike fully built, meaning you don’t have to worry about self-assembly. Halfords also offer a free 6-month check, allowing you to take the bike back for a full check over.
At £89.99, the Apollo Petal Kids’ Bike feels like a good quality buy at a reasonable price.
Now we just need to work our way through the five-year-old’s bike accessory list, which includes a basket, a seat for her doll, handlebar ribbons and a bell…
Huge thanks to Halfords for providing the Apollo Petal Kids’ Bike for the purpose of this review. All views are my own, as always. Please see my Work With Me page for info on how I work with brands.