Best kids road bikes Christmas 2018 - inspired by G's win in Le Tour!

Has Geraint Thomas's win in the Tour de France inspired your child to get out training in the hope of one day follow in his footsteps? (Perhaps by then it'll be our sons AND daughters stepping up onto the podium to wear the yellow jersey).  If you're wondering which kids road bikes are out there, we've picked the best kids road bikes that will appeal to Tour de France inspired riders - there's something for all budgets and experience levels.

Please note though, that in order to get the best out of a road bike, your child does need to be a competent and confident cyclist, as they need to be able to ride safely using drop handlebars and skinny tyres.  If they're not quite ready, then a hybrid bike will give them much more fun.

You may also want to check out our list of the 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike.

The Best Kids Road Bikes for Christmas 2018

All these bikes will inspire wanna be Tour de France riders. If you're looking for a more all round drop handlebar bike that can also be used for cyclo-cross, check out our post on the best cyclocross bikes for the 2018/9 season.

Frog Road Bikes (from £425)

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Frog Bikes are renowned for having taken the market by storm with their colourful yet top quality range of kids bikes. To make things better for those inspired by Geraint Thomas's win, they do a Team Sky bike, and all the bikes are assembled in Wales! What more could a budding Tour de France rider need???

Their smallest road bike is the 20" wheel Frog 58  - it's the smallest drop handlebar bike available, and suitable only for those younger children with great bike handling skills. Most other manufacturers don't introduce a road bike until 24" wheels, when the majority of kids tend to have better control.  Frog have three sized road bikes - the Frog Road 58, 67 and 70 which have 20", 24" and 26" wheels respectively. The 58, 67 and 70 refer to the minimum inside leg your child needs to ride the bike.

Best kids road bikes


We've reviewed a couple of the Frog road bikes and have been impressed with the build quality and specification of the bikes.

You can buy the Frog Road bike range from Tredz, who are based in Geraint's home town of Cardiff and offer free UK wide delivery and interest free finance.

Hoy Meadowmill (from £460)

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Geraint Thomas isn't just a Tour de France winner - he has had huge success on the track having won three world championships and two Olympic gold medals!  Not quite as many medals as Sir Chris Hoy, who dominated at the velodrome, and aims to inspire the next generation with his own range of kids bikes.

The Hoy Bikes range used to have a specific kids road bike, the Hoy Cammo, which has now been discontinued, but occasionally come up on ebay secondhand. 

Best kids road bikes this Christmas - Hoy Cammo 24" kids road bikeThe Cammo's replacement is the Hoy Meadowmill, a more multi-purpose drop handlebar bike which can also be used for cyclo-cross or gentle off road riding. We're currently in the process of testing this bike, and have been impressed with how it is handling. We've also reviewed other bikes in the Hoy range and have not been disappointed.

Hoy Meadowmill 26 2018 - kids road and cyclocross gravel bike

Hoy Kids Bikes are available exclusively at Evans Cycles. You order on-line and they can deliver free of charge to your home, or you can have the bike sent to your local Evans Cycles store, where they will assemble the bike free of charge.

Wiggins Rouen Kids Road Bikes (from £300)

Bradley Wiggins 2012 Tour de France victory marked a turning point in British success in the event. It's hard to comprehend that there's been six British winners in the past seven years, but before Sir Bradley no Briton had ever worn the yellow jersey on the final Sunday of the race!   In 2016 Wiggins launched his own brand of kids bikes, available exclusively at Halfords, to inspire the next generation of cyclists.

Wiggins Rouen 700c road bike with carbon fork

The Rouen range are the best kids road bikes if you don't have a big budget to spend as they're significantly cheaper than the other lightweight, quality kids road bikes out there.  They're well specified road bikes, (it's worth noting they can't be fitted with wider tyres, so are purely a road bike).  There are three bike sizes in the range - the smallest being a 540c bike.

The Wiggins kids road bike range is available exclusively at Halfords - you need to order the bike online and they will deliver it either to your home, or to your nearest store (if you'd prefer them to assemble the bike for you).

Scott Speedster Junior 24 (£759 - currently reduced to £499)

If you'd rather have a kids bike from the same brand as ridden by Le Tour riders, then look no further than the Scott Speedster Junior 24.  Adam Yates rides for Mitchelton–Scott, and whilst we can't promise that you'll go as fast as him, the Speedster does come with an impressive technical specification that, in the right hands, could help give a podium winning performance.

Best kids road bikes this Christmas - Scott Speedster Junior 24 2017 model

The 2018 Scott Speedster Junior 24 is available at Tweeks Cycles

 Felt FR50 JR (RRP £649)

German sprinter Marcel Kittel had a disappointing Tour de France this year, but back in 2013 he was sponsored by Felt Bikes, and won four stages of the race.  Felt no longer sponsor any riders in the race, but they do still make great road bikes, and their junior 650c bike, the Felt FR50 JR is no exception.

Felt FR50 JR kids road bike - one of the best kids road bikes for children inspired by the Tour de France cycling

With a 43 cm frame and 650C wheels this bike is designed for young road racers who are still growing and aren't yet ready to move up to the standard 700c wheels.

The Felt FR50 JR kids 650c road bike is available from Tredz, who offer free delivery and 0% finance.

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