I need to invent a new word! Velorevjealo has struck........
I need to invent a new word. A word that means "I'm really really envious of someone else getting to review a particular bike". Bikereviewjealousy? Velojealousy? Velojealo? VeloRevJealo? What ever the word, I'm suffering from it at the moment and here's why.
My friend Jen is getting to review this Bobbin Bike.
It's the Bobbin Bike Brownie and the reason she's reviewing it is that Cycle Sprog is doing its very first parent and child bike review. Exciting times!!! Until now, we've only reviewed children's bikes, but we've realised that some families actually quite like to ride the same make of bike. When I was discussing the options for Cycle Sprog reviewing the 12" Gingersnap kids bike, I suddenly thought "Why not see whether we'd recommend going for the mum and daughter combo on these city bikes".
I would LOVE to review these bikes. My all time favourite bike ever was my Gazelle city bike. It was love at first sight and bliss at first ride.
Sadly I never rode it, nor appreciated it enough when I had it. Chris bought it for me second hand and lovingly restored it whilst the boys were little. Unfortunately it didn't fit the tagalong, so I consoled myself with the thought that I'd ride it when they were older and riding their own bikes. Then we went and moved to the top of a 15° hill!!!!
It was only a matter of time before I had to pass the Gazelle on to a friend as there was no way the three gears would get me up a hill that steep, and it was too sad seeing it languishing un-ridden (and Jo, if you're reading this I hope you've been riding it this summer, or else I'll have to liberate it and move to Amsterdam!)
So, I failed miserably on the two criteria needed to review the Bobbin Bikes - a daughter to review the 12" Bobbin Gingersnap and the ability myself to ride the Bobbin Bike Blackbird. So when Jen offered to review the bikes with her 4 year old daughter I had to take a deep breath and delegate, and try not be velojealo.
And then this arrived on my phone......
I can just imagine them now, gliding effortlessly along wide empty roads fringed with wild flowers, rolling hills in the background, sun shining down on them. They'll be wearing straw hats and billowing flowery dresses, smiling contentedly at envious passers by.
Thankfully, I've been involved in enough kids bike reviews to know the reality is likely to be very different. It will probably involve some or all of the following: tantrums, un-forecasted downpours, countless toilet stops, bribery, punctures. Her daughter will probably find the muddiest, dirtiest puddle in a 20 mile radius, and the camera will run out of battery at the exact moment she smiles and pedals at the same time.
Seriously though, I really can't wait to find out how they get on with the bikes as they ride them over the coming months. If you're interested in finding out their verdicts on the Bobbin Bikes at the end of the review period, why not sign up for our newsletter and I'll let you know when the review is live.
In the meantime, if you've got a better word than velorevjealo, let me know in the comments section below.
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