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12.5 Or 16.0 For 5 Yers Old.

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That is the question, I can not decide so please help if you had similar problem when choosing the first bike for your child. 

 

He is on his second push bike already on "16 wheels. Prefers to rides bigger now. He will hold the weight of oset16 when stationary at the shop, but not sure he will manage in slow turns or over obstacles. 12.5 seems too small but sales person at the shop advice is to

get 12 for him for one year. 

 

Unfortunatelly can not find anywhere he could try both near London. He was on Kuberg trailE at bike show but that was too tall. 

 

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Had same problem this time last year and opted for a 16R oset  and was over biked for 6months

still pretty unsteady on the turns but only because we don't get enough time to ride it get the16 as

kids grow so fast

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Go for the 12.5. The bike will always be more capeable than the rider. Being big on a small bike will allow his confidence to grow ready for the 16. Re sale value is always good too.

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Thanks Guys!

I'm changing plan every minute. Today he had a go on friends' 12.5r. Lots of fun, amazing little bike. Looks too small but i guess that's OK for trial riding?

 

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My lad is a tall 4 year old we borrowed a 12.5 for him to learn on but as you can see from your lads feet they angle down to get caught on every bump he rode over he kept hurting his ankles. If you can borrow the 12.5 for a few practice rides to gain confidence then buy a 16. the only down side could be the extra weight of the 16.

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He's a big looking 5 year old. I'd go for the 16. My son had his when he was 5 as well, and although the instant torque right off the bottom took a while to get used to, he was fine eventually and he rode it right up to this year when I finally sold it. He's 8 now.

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Just about to say 16 and saw the final post. Ordered my 16 this morning. My 5yr old outgrew the 12.5 in the summer. Great for teaching basics but was holding him back. Time to get my 2yr old on the 12.5 full time. He loves it. 

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He looks a similar size to my 4 year old who is on the 16, def better to be on a slightly bigger bike than a smaller one if they are confident enough.

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I'm happy that I went with 16. Kids grow so fast, few months later and its perfect size now :)

First Oset Cup this weekend. Anyone else from here in Herts on Sunday?

Need to buy and fit lanyard on Sat as the one i had from my exc is working in opposite way... Any links to fitting instructions? 

 

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