Help! Where can I buy a kids bike in time for Christmas 2020??

Christmas is creeping up on us, and this year things are quite a lot different to usual (to say the least!)  If you’ve already decided that you want to buy your child a bike for Christmas (and what better present could you possibly buy!)  then please don’t leave it too late to buy it.

2020 has been a crazy year for kids bike sales, and we’re seeing real stock shortages of some of the big brand names in kids bikes.  When stock does arrive on websites or in shops it’s selling out really quickly.  I’m in regular contact with lots of different brands and retailers and the message is the same from them all – buy early to avoid disappointment.

Remember that the closer it gets to Christmas the bigger the likelihood of the make, size and colour of the kids bike you want having sold out, and retailers cut off dates are likely to be earlier than usual this year due to the inevitable delays stacking up as more people shop online, and social distancing measures delay things all along the line.

If the retailer doesn’t state the bike will be delivered in time for Christmas please check before placing your order. Also check whether you need to pay for premium delivery in order to get it in time. 

Here’s a run down of the last order and Christmas delivery dates from the major quality kids bike retailers for 2020 – the key message is to order your child’s bike now to avoid disappointment and last minute panic! 

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The Bike Club – very few ReBikes remaining – lots of new Forme’s 

The Bike Club is a great way to find a cheap kids bike - including cheap Frog Bikes, Islabikes, Squish Bikes and Forme Kinder and Cubley children's bikes. You lease your child a bike for a monthly rent and send the bike back when you child has outgrown it

The Bike Club are proving a really popular choice with Cycle Sprog readers this year, as they allow you to lease a kids bike rather than buy outright. With uncertainty over incomes it’s great that you don’t have to pay for the full cost of a bike.  Instead, for a monthly subscription you get to rent a quality kids bike from them (they only deal with reputable brands such as Frog, Squish and Forme) and when your child has outgrown it you just send it back and upgrade to the next size up.   It’s a great way to be more environmentally friendly this Christmas too as you’re reducing the number of kids bikes required as the same bikes can be used over and over again.

You can choose between:

  • a brand new bike (they mainly have the brand new Forme bikes in this category as they’ve managed to get their hands on lots of the new models of the small Cubleys and larger geared Kinders) or
  • a ReBike, which has been previously used and returned (Frog, Squish, Cuda and Islabikes are all available within their fleet).  All ReBikes are fully serviced, and you pay slightly less per month than you would for a new bike.  At the time of writing there were less ReBikes available than new Forme Bikes – we advise signing up soon as popular sizes are already showing as out of stock.

SIGN UP NOW:  The Bike Club

 

Black Mountain Bikes – Limited stock availability on smaller sizes

I was chatting to someone at Black Mountain Bikes the other day, and they were telling me that they’re expecting to sell out of their smaller wheeled PINTO (14″) and SKOG (16″) before the end of November.

Black Mountain growing bike

If you’ve not heard of these bikes yet, they’re very clever.  Starting off in balance bike mode, they can then have pedals added to them.  The frame also expands, so your child gets to use the Black Mountain instead of two pedal bikes as well.   They’re not the cheapest option to buy upfront, but when you factor in the resale options these work out a good value alternative to buying a balance bike and two pedal bikes from rival brands.

For older kids they also do the KAPEL (18″) and HUTTO (20″), which come with gears – balance bike mode is an optional extra for these two bikes.

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Frog Bikes in time for Christmas – phased stock becoming available soon

Cheapest Frog 55 kids bike on Black Friday

Frog Bikes have been really badly hit by stock shortages this year.  All Frog Bikes in the UK sold out during Lockdown 1.0 and we’ve only been seeing very small quantities coming through and selling out almost immediately since then.

The latest update they’ve issued is that production was starting again with different bike sizes and colours becoming available again through November, December and January.  At the time of writing their Tadpole Balance Bikes were starting to come through again and we’d expect to see their pedal bikes start to appear in the shops again.  They’re staggering the colours, so you may not be able to get the exact colour you were hoping for (for example they are producing Pink and Purple Frog 52’s from 1st November, but all other colours won’t start until 6th December (with the exception of the Spotty paint scheme which doesn’t start until 20th December – so no hope of getting a Spotty Frog 52 in time for Christmas!)   It’s the same with all the bikes – some stock may land in time for Santa’s delivery, but you’re going to have to be quick off the mark to snap they up when they become available.

The alternative is to either try and rent a Frog Bike through the Bike Club (and again quantities are low because these are such popular bikes) or buy one second hand.

Halfords – last dates for ordering kids bikes

Halfords stock the Wiggins range of quality kids bikes, which come highly recommended by a number of Cycle Sprog readers. They also stock the Carrera, Voodoo and Pendleton ranges which are well worth considering.

Wiggins Chartres 16 inch wheel kids bike

The last dates for ordering a bike in time for Christmas from Halfords are:

Free Home delivery:

Boxed Bikes (this is the majority of kids bikes) – order by Thursday 19th December 12 noon

Built Bikes (Boardman, Voodoo and Electric bikes only) – order by Friday 20th December 12 noon

Instore collection from your nearest Halfords store:

Order and Collect – Built & Boxed Bikes (i.e., stock not already in your local store) – order by Friday 20th December 

Reserve & Collect – Built Bikes only (Stock available in your local store. They’ll call you to confirm when your item is ready.) Order by Sunday 22nd December 

Reserve and Collect – boxed bikes only that are in stock in the store. Order by 24th December 12pm for collection 1 hour later.

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Leisure Lakes Bikes

Leisure Lakes Bikes are dispatching bikes by Parcel Force Priority in time for Christmas if they’re ordered before 2pm on Friday 20th December.  They stock a great range of kids bikes including Frog, Cube, Whyte, Trek, Cannondale and Orbea.

Whyte 403 - is this the best bike for a 10 year old boy?

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Rutland Cycles – Christmas delivery dates 

Rutland stock a great range of kids bikes, including the highly recommended Frog Bikes. They are currently advising that if they have a bike in their main dispatch warehouse, you can order up to Sunday 22nd December. Your bike will then be prepared and shipped out on Monday 23/12/19 on a 24 hour delivery service as standard to arrive Tuesday 24/12/19 Their website states This is only available on bikes in-stock at our main warehouse, please check lead times in the basket before proceeding.” 

It’s worth noting they don’t state the charge for the delivery of bikes ordered with such a short timescale.

Cheapest Frog 55 kids bike on Black Friday

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Islabikes – Last dates for ordering a bike

Islabikes last day for ordering in time for Christmas delivery is Thursday 19th December. 

New look Islabikes Cnoc kids bike

The Little Bike Company – Woom bikes

If you’re looking for a Woom Bike in time for Christmas, call the Little Bike Company on 01442 872123 to discuss their last delivery.

WOOM 3 16" kids bike from Austria is now available in the UK

Wheelbase last delivery dates

Wheelbase will ship a Frog bike via DPD for you up until 1pm on Monday 23rd December, as long as it’s in stock at their warehouse. Worth bearing in mind that there will be additional delivery charges for it to be couriered on 24th December.

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Your local bike shop

Don’t forget your local bike shop – the unsung heroes of the community.  They could well come to your rescue, although be aware that if they don’t have the bike you want it stock, then they too will be at the mercy of delivery dates and stock availability from their supplier.

Too late for Christmas delivery of kids bikes

Sorry- but you’ve missed the boat on these bikes:

Evans Cycles – Christmas Delivery plus in store collection

Evans Cycles (who sell lots of brands of kids bikes, including the Hoy and Pinnacle ranges), are advising that to guarantee home delivery by Christmas you need to order by 12 noon on Monday 16th December for home delivery. However, they’re also letting you do click and collect – the last date to order a bike for in-store collection is Tuesday 17th December 2019. 

2018 Hoy Bonaly 26 Disc brake

Most Evans Cycles stores are open until 4pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019 if you’re really cutting it fine for last minute stocking fillers, or need to collect your pre-ordered bike as close to Christmas Day as possible.

===>CHRISTMAS AT EVANS CYCLES

*** BONUS:  Order a kids Pinnacle or Hoy bike from Evans Cycles and get a free kids helmet (whilst stocks last).

Tweeks Cycles

Tweeks haven’t yet stated their last delivery dates.

Tweeks stock Cube, Kiddimoto, Scott, Raleigh, Ridgeback and Mondraker kids bikes

Scott Scale 26 2018 junior mountain bike with 26" wheels

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Tredz – Christmas last delivery dates 

SAVE £5 ON THIS BIKE AT TREDZ: Sign up for the Tredz Bikes newsletter (you can do this from the bottom on any bike page) and they'll immediately send you a code to get £5 off your first purchase

Tredz have a great range of kids bikes – they have one of the biggest selection of models and sizes within the UK of brands including Giant, Cannondale, Scott, Orbea and Cube.  They are also running several promotions in the run up to Christmas.

Giant ARX 24 in green

The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December 2019.  You can tell that a bike is available in time for Christmas by the red Christmas present icon.   For all other items, the last date to order items that are available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Thursday 19th December. Tredz will even let you know how many days before dispatch. Choose your size and colour to see if the item qualifies for Christmas delivery. At the time of writing, this included all sizes of Frog Bikes.

===> CLICK HERE TO BUY A BIKE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS FROM TREDZ

**** BONUS: Enter the special Cycle Sprog discount code to get 10% off.

SAVE £5 ON THIS BIKE AT TREDZ: Sign up for the Tredz Bikes newsletter (you can do this from the bottom on any bike page) and they'll immediately send you a code to get £5 off your first purchase

Wiggle 

Wiggle are offering free delivery in time for Christmas if you order by  Friday 13th December 2019. Wiggle stock the well specified Vitus kids bikes.

Vitus Sixteen kids bike - Christmas delivery dates

Frog Bikes – last date for delivery before Christmas

Here’s a selection of the major online Frog Bike stockists and their Christmas delivery cut off dates:

Tredz have one of the best selection of Frog Bikes available – they’re situated close to the Frog factory in South Wales!  The last date to order a Frog Bike that is available for FREE Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December. For all other items, the last date to order items that are available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Thursday 19th December . You can easily spot which items are currently guaranteed for Christmas delivery with the Christmas present icon. It will even let you know how many days before dispatch. Choose your size and colour to see if the item qualifies for Christmas delivery.

SAVE £5 ON FROG BIKES AT TREDZ: Sign up for the Tredz Bikes newsletter (you can do this from the bottom on any bike page) and they'll immediately send you a code to get £5 off your first purchase

 

Frog 52 - 20" wheel kids bike - Black Friday deals

Rutland Cycles who have a good choice of sizes and colours of Frog Bikesare currently advising that if they have a bike in their main warehouse, you can order up to 11.59pm on Friday 20th December. Your bike will then be prepared and shipped out on Monday 23/12/19 on a 24 hour delivery service as standard to arrive Tuesday 24/12/19 (or upgrade to Saturday delivery for peace of mind, and get your bike on Saturday 21/12/19!)  This is only available on bikes in-stock at our main warehouse, please check lead times in the basket before proceeding.” 

LEFT IT LATE???  Wheelbase MAY (note that is just a may, not a can) be able to ship a Frog bike via DPD for you up until 1pm on Monday 23rd December, as long as it’s in stock at their warehouse. Worth bearing in mind that there will be additional delivery charges for it to be couriered on 24th December.

Of course, your local Frog Bike stockist may have the bike you want in the size and colour you want.  If you’re going in store middle of the week before Christmas they’ll probably be able to order it in if they don’t – check with them their timescales for doing this.

 

We hope you’ve not left it too late, and that you manage to get your bike in time for Christmas delivery. We’d love to know what bikes you’re treating your family to this Christmas – do please leave us a comment below. 

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