When you find a bike your child wants to ride you know you’re on to a winner. Anything which encourages children to get outdoors and to keep fit is, in my book, worth its weight in gold! For kids who already love cycling, like my eight year old daughter, finding a bike that makes it easy and enjoyable just adds to their enthusiasm. Wrap all that up into a nice little bundle, adding fantastic build quality and decent components on a bike that really fits them and then you know their enthusiasm is unlikely to wane. Allow me to introduce you to the Frog road 67 bike.
Frog bikes are a small British company new to the UK junior cycling market and in my view a great alternative to Isla bikes. Don’t get me wrong, Isla bikes are excellent and deserve their reputation but the market has been crying out for a true competitor.
Regular readers will know that Miss OCG was fairly late to learning to ride a bike at nearly seven years old. She was inspired after seeing Katie Archibald and Laura Trott cycling in the Nottingham Milk race in May 2014 and the very next day was determined to crack it. Since then, cycling is one of her favourite things to do. Frog saw this post about Miss OCG’s enthusiasm for cycling and asked if she would be willing to try out the Frog road 67 bike. She nearly burst with excitement and then again when she saw the bike had arrived!
The Frog road 67 bike was one of the bikes we considered in depth when we were deciding which first junior road bike to invest in for Miss OCG. Sadly, at that time, she was only seven and whilst she’s tall for her age she was just in between the two frame sizes meaning the Frog road 67 bike was too big and the one below would have lasted her only a couple of months. So, we opted for the Forme Formeula from Derby based Forme and we have no regrets. It’s a brilliant bike which is serving her well. And it’s given us a good base from which to review the Frog road 67 bike.
The perfect size for ages 8-12 years
At eight, she now fits the Frog road 67 bike perfectly and it will make an excellent first road bike for any enthusiastic junior cyclist. This all-aluminium road and cross-bike (CX) is suitable for riders with a minimum inside leg of 67cm so it will fit most children around 8-12 years old.
What’s great about buying a bike from a brand like Frog bikes is that they really know how to design a bike for a child! And if you want your child to enjoy the experience this really is key. You know yourself, if you’re not comfortable on your two wheels then they will very quickly stay in the garage and you’ll find as many excuses as possible to leave your ride sitting in there gathering cobwebs.
Frog bikes have ensured that the design of their bikes fit a child’s frame. There’s no compromise, unlike with other cheaper brands who literally take an adults bike and shrink it without thought to the actual geometry of a child’s body. The Frog road 67 bike has narrow and short-drop child-specific handlebars which mean that your child’s arms are not too far apart and feel natural, and the Frog road 67 (unlike the Forme Formeula) has brake levers fitted to the top of the handlebars as well as the drop bars. This is a great addition for increasing the confidence of young riders making that first transition to bikes with dropped handlebars.
Here’s the technical bits for you.
The Frog Road 67 bike has the following components:
• A crank length of 127mm with 34T chain-ring
• 9 speed gears
• Quick release sealed hubs front and rear with a 9 speed rear hub
• Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes for road and CX use, so plenty of clearance for mud getting in between the brakes and the wheels.
• It also comes supplied with two sets of tyres: Kenda road tyres and a set of Kenda cyclocross tyres for dealing with fields and plenty of mud. Or if you’re little cyclist in not into cyclocross, these are also perfect if you’re just wanting a bit of extra tyre width and grip to increase confidence.
• 24″ wheels
• And it weighs only 8.8kg – making moving it around and lifting it over any obstacles so much easier for young cyclists and for parents trying to get it in and out of the car! For me, this is where lots of brands fall down, so this gets a big thumbs up from the OCG family HQ.
It’s available in black, red, white and Team Sky colours. No sickly sweet or gimicky children’s designs. Frog bikes are junior bikes for kids who love cycling and want to be just their cycling enthusiastic parents! They’re great quality and lightweight.
From a parent’s perspective
Watching Miss OCG ride this bike was a pleasure. It was very obvious she felt safe and secure with the braking system. She was up and down some hills faster than I’ve seen her go before and she looked very comfortable with the frame geometry. The only issue she had was with the pedals. The bike comes fitted with pedal straps. She’s not ridden with these before and she felt concerned about being able to get her feet in and out of them safely. For the review period, we actually swapped these across to standard flat pedals and she was away without any problems whatsoever and felt much safer. The gear changing lever system was easy for her to understand and made for smooth transitions for dealing with hilly terrain.
It’s not a cheap bike for a child, I can’t pretend that it is, but when you look at the serious competition out there, none of them are. The Frog road 67 bike retails at £425. As I’ve said above, it’s a really good quality bike, it’s aesthetically pleasing, lightweight and easy to handle and it will really allow their cycling to develop. We’re yet to see what happens with the second hand prices for Frog bikes but I imagine it will hold a decent value on the second hand market. Quality bikes are always in demand.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here is Miss OCG talking about her cycling experience riding the Frog 67 road bike.
*The Frog Road 67 bike was loaned to us by Frog Bikes for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own. Thanks to Miss OCG for taking part in this review!