A good tool is essential for good learning! We have designed our BEEMOVs down to the smallest detail to increase your child's pleasure and progress. For this, we have prioritized the ergonomics and the weight of the bike.
After talking about choosing the size of the bike in a previous article, let's find out the ideal weight for your child's bike, an essential point!
The weight of the bike should never exceed 30% of the child's weight
The most important thing is that the child is able to handle and get on and off the bike easily so that he/she feels comfortable and safe.
To give an example of an overly heavy bike, most 14-inch bikes on the market weigh around 9 kilograms, which is almost half the average weight of the children they are intended for. For an 80 kg adult, that would be like using a 40 kg bike, a real punishment!
How much do BEMOOV bikes weigh?
At BEMOOV, if we take the example of the 14-inch bicycle, the weight is 5.7 kilos, which is 35% less than the average weight of a 14-inch bicycle on the market. Of course, we apply the same principle of lightness to each of our models, so that your child gets the most out of every bike ride.
Why choose a lighter bike?
The more children advance in their learning, the more they become autonomous and evolve in new areas, which are also frequented by other users. It is therefore important to provide children with a light, maneuverable, and ergonomic bike so that they can move around easily, avoiding obstacles.
They will also be able to climb hills without difficulty, cover longer distances, and have more fun while on the road, because a light bike requires less force to move forward.
A lighter bike also means more safety and fewer falls. And if a child does crash while riding a lighter bike, falling with a featherweight bike hurts a lot less!
An additional benefit of a lighter bike is for the parents who will have less weight to bear if you had to carry it on a ride … ;-)
What determines the weight of the bike?
Typically, one third of the bike's weight comes from the frame and fork. The rest of the weight comes from the wheels, the handlebars, the saddle or the transmission with the freewheel and the crankset.
The weight of a bicycle depends mainly on the quality of the materials it is made of, and therefore on the price. The lighter the bike, the more its cost will increase. The usual materials used in the manufacture of children's bikes are steel or aluminum.
Steel is a very common material in the children's bicycle market. It is rigid, easy to work with and inexpensive, which makes it possible to offer bikes at a low price. On the other hand, it is heavy and prone to corrosion.
It is therefore better to favor aluminum, which is lighter, more comfortable, and very robust. It is for this reason that at BEMOOV we only use ultra-light premium 6061 aluminum.
A little advice from BEMOOV in passing
Although it sounds funny, we don't recommend going overboard with accessories, like wicker baskets, flags or mermaids, for example.
Placing too many accessories can make starting and pedaling difficult, alter the balance of the bike and distract the child. It is therefore better to add them later, when the child is completely comfortable on the bike…