For your speed demons!
Give your little ones a licence for some freewheeling fun and get them on tricycles, bicycles, balance bikes or scooters. Scooting and cycling is an essential stage of childhood (the level can be age-appropriate) and helps in the development of a child’s gross motor skills, balance and coordination. Not to mention that being able to master this skill can be liberating and can help greatly with confidence and the sense of independence.
For all these reasons, you have to put careful thought into getting your kids off to the right start with the best set of wheels. These days, most parents would much rather skip getting training wheels and like to start their little ones off on scooters and balance bikes that help them get coordination and balance, before graduating them on to “big kid bikes”. For any of these products, getting the size, weight, balance and fit right are all crucial and will change as your kiddo grows (it’s always great to have a friend or a sibling to pass it on to). For bicycles, wheel sizes and the material of the frame will determine the weight and therefore, the bike’s balance and stability. This plays a role in how easily your child can get on, off and control the cycle. Get feedback from friends and other children, as well as store owners if it is the first time you are buying a bike or scooter. Most importantly, make sure your child is excited about it and willing to try getting on. Here’s where to buy scooters and bikes for children in Hong Kong.
Editor’s Note: While it is best to try kids’ bikes out before buying, many popular brands sell out quickly and stores advise calling them to check stock before heading out. Also, the situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions and a few specialised bike stores are operating online and open, only if you have made an appointment. Please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Popular Kids’ Bike And Scooter Brands In Hong Kong
At the rate that kids grow, it’s important to invest in products that will adapt and change. Globber is an award-winning toy and outdoor sports’ brand whose innovative designs have made it the top choice of parents worldwide. The comprehensive range of tricycles, scooters, balance bikes and e-scooters (not yet available in Hong Kong, but we’re waiting with bated breath!) cater to the youngest of toddlers (from 10 months) to adults. Globber’s patented technology delivers unmatched functionality for everyday living – we love how their products have simple, tool-less folding systems, making their scooters easy to store after playtime (perfect for a Hong Kong apartment!). What’s even better is that Globber products come at a fair price tag that won’t break the bank!
Depending on the age of your child, there are plenty of options to consider. For toddlers, look at models such as the EXPLORER TRIKE (tricycle cum balance bike) and the GO.UP DELUXE toddler scooter with seat that has three modes (ride-on, walking bike and scooter) suitable from 15 months right up to 9+ years. The MASTER series (for kids aged 4 to 14 years) is an adjustable scooter with a 5-height T-bar and folds away for easy storage. With the ULTIMUM series, Mum and Dad can get in on the scooting action too! This too is height adjustable (with 6 heights available) and foldable, but with a wider deck and an even more advanced steering system that can be used from ages 5 and up into adulthood (maximum weight 100kg). Globber products are available at ToysR’Us and MySchoolBus.
This brand was launched when founder and developer, Wim Ouboter, thought the route to his favourite snack stand was too far to walk but too close to fetch the bike or the car from the garage. He developed the micro® scooter out of the need to cover short distances without any major expenditure – an easy-to-drive and store scooter with a folding system was the ideal vehicle. Established in 1996, the Swiss company develops, produces and distributes various mobility products for children, adolescents, adults and even the Swiss Army. It has over 3,000 stores in 80 countries. Its scooters are popular in Hong Kong as well and you can easily buy their products online or from the showroom in Central.
This is one of the best balance bikes available world over. The company aims to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that will help kids develop two-wheeled balance, coordination and confidence. It is available at some retail and online stores across the city.
Cleary proudly claims to make bikes for kids. Just for kids. The team behind this brand are parents who are engineers and cycling mavens who want to share their love for riding with the next generation. Design is important in these bikes (lightweight, geared and mountain varieties) so kids get to ride in a position with their weight evenly balanced. This posture, with slightly bent arms and legs, enables them to tackle even tough terrains and they climb hills with less effort and descend with greater control (ideal for the slopes of Hong Kong and some of the tougher biking trails on outlying islands). Young riders quickly get comfortable manoeuvring their bikes, which builds their self-confidence even more. Cleary is available in select stores across the city, such as Octopus Inc and Jollymap.
Riding enthusiasts will be familiar with this well-known UK bike manufacturer that specialises in children’s cycles, for kids from 1 to 14 years old. From balance bikes to the advanced varieties for road, track and mountain biking, this brand has consistently been rated amongst the best bikes for children in cycling and parenting magazines and forums. In Hong Kong, you can pick up Frog bikes at Jollymap and Bike Hub.
Frog Bikes, www.frogbikes.net
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Where To Buy Kids’ Bikes And Scooters In Hong Kong
One of the unique and charming things about bike shops in Hong Kong is that most of them are run by cycling and sports enthusiasts. Most of them are more than willing to answer any sort of queries, encourage your nervous little one to hop on and are always willing to check for air, replace a small part, suggest alterations, etc. even after they have made the purchase (often at no cost). It’s a pleasure to get this kind of customer service and if you want a specific brand or part, they will stay in touch with you over email or WhatsApp and keep you updated about new stock and recommendations. On the websites, you will also find handy parking information, so you know that you can carry your new set of wheels home easily.
Bicycle World in Wan Chai used to be a popular store for anyone looking to buy a bike in Hong Kong. The good news is that you can still access its super collection, but you have to be willing to make the trek to Sheung Shui. Alternatively, you could also shop online if you know what type of bike, size of frame, weight-balance, etc. you are looking for. The staff are fabulous — helpful and knowledgeable — and if there is anything you are not sure about, give them a call and they will be able to handle any sort of queries. They are more than happy to recommend other bike stores if they can’t meet your requirements (given that they stock everything from pedals to protective gear, frames and forks to footwear, this may not be necessary!). The store also has scooters and balance bikes, though the range is more focussed on the pedal variety.
This family-owned store has been in the business of selling bikes for over 70 years! They offer children’s bikes and MTB and Triathlon bikes for serious bikers. Their staff of English, Cantonese and Putonghua speakers are available to answer all questions concerning bikes, training, racing, etc. They also have trained and experienced mechanics to deal with your technical problems.
This French megastore stocks equipment for more than 70 types of indoor and outdoor activities, and at the most reasonable prices! We love it so much that one Sassy Mama only wants Decathlon gift cards for her kids’ birthdays! Head here for a wide range of kids’ bikes (and balance bikes) that start at $399 and go up to $1,899. Of course, you can also pick up anything for yourself as well. If you are looking for any other type of wheels, from scooters to skateboards, you are sure to find those here as well.
Decathlon, 1/F The Park Lane, 310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 5992 1321
Decathlon, B/F, Grand Plaza, 639 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5993 3727
Step into this amazing store with your kids and see if you can come away without buying anything! Thankfully, it stocks really good bikes, scooters and ride-ons from some of the best brands in the world, so you are sure to find what you are looking for here.
Run by riding enthusiasts, this store also offers classes across the city run by its team of coaches. The store has moved online due to the coronavirus outbreak and is open for parents and kids only by appointment.
This is a fabulous store for all wheeled goods. There is free delivery for purchases above $500 in some areas and 30-day returns, so you can safely buy any one of the best and most popular brands here. What’s more, for all purchases here, the company donates $20 to PlayRight, a non-profit making organisation that works to better children’s lives through quality play. A mission that’s no child’s play!
Jollymap, Unit H, 4/F, High Win Factory Building, 47 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Jollymap, Unit A, 13/F, Waylee Industrial Centre, 30-38 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, www.jollymap.com
Established in 2010, Sky Blue Bikes is one of Hong Kong’s premier cycling shops offering a comprehensive range of bikes, kit and equipment. They stock kids’ bikes too but say that these often sell out even before they have had a chance to update the website! Get in touch to reserve a bike or fix an appointment to check what they have to offer.
Bull Bike opened with a retail store in Tin Shui Wai village in 2002, focusing on bike rental, repair and selling. Now available in the heart of the city, it has two huge stores with over 6,000 square feet dedicated to biking and triathlon gear. This store is for serious bikers and has a kids’ section as well.
Bull Bike, G/F, Prince Centre, 70 Tai Po Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
This shop in Discovery Bay is run by mountain biking enthusiasts. It has skill classes for children (for kids 4 years and up) that promise to teach how to ride and fully enjoy a mountain bike. The store also offers bike sales, rentals and service.
Besides these stores, you will also find some baby and child stores that offer specific, curated brands.
Run by parents of a 9-year-old boy, Octopus Inc Co. knows that once you become a parent, the way you look at food, toys and overall products for your children changes. They offer Cleary Bikes as they believe these models are best suited for kids.
The Bimbo Concept store offers products with a minimal Scandinavian aesthetic that uplifts the household decor from being simply functional. It also offers cute children’s decor and play items. One of the brands that it offers is Banwood, which specialises in balance bikes with lovely old-world charm and other riding necessities.
Bimbo Concept, Shop 201H, Peekaboo, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 6106 5869