Author Topic: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?  (Read 1502 times)

rower40

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Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« on: October 27, 2020, 10:34:11 am »
Miss mini-rower40 snr has now outgrown her single-speed starter bike, and needs something with 20" wheels.  I'm concerned by the exposedness of the chain of all such derailleur-fitted bikes, the faff of not being able to change gear when stationary, and how close the jockey wheels are to the ground.  Is there something I can get for her, off-the-peg/shelf with either a Sturmey-Archer or Shimano Nexus hub gear?
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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 02:48:06 pm »
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 03:17:33 pm »
Commonplace in Germany and possibly the Netherlands. Puky has hub-geared kids bikes, no doubt there are other manufacturers.
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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 03:27:52 pm »
I bought a singlespeed kids' bike and fitted a SA hub to it.
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citoyen

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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 06:27:47 pm »
Commonplace in Germany and possibly the Netherlands. Puky has hub-geared kids bikes, no doubt there are other manufacturers.
My son had a Puky when he was a small person. Hub gears, mudguards, rack and dynamo lights.

Far too sensible for the British market.
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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 09:38:40 pm »
I bought a German made s/h 20" wheeler around seven years ago, off gum tree for £ 14.50 . Sold it last month to a mate for forty quid . Normal sensible continentals stuff  like light weight steel frame , 3 speed sach IGH with back pedal brake , dynamo lights, all good quality components  and a rack that will carry an older sibling . As I told my mate it's an investment not a toy . Well worth checking out ebay ect .
   
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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2020, 01:16:44 am »
converting a singlespeed is not difficult to do. SJS currently have 28H SA AW hubs  (NOS of the pre-NIG variety) for £20.

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arabella

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Re: Kids' bikes with hub gears - do such things exist?
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2021, 05:44:37 pm »
Commonplace in Germany and possibly the Netherlands. Puky has hub-geared kids bikes, no doubt there are other manufacturers.
My son had a Puky when he was a small person. Hub gears, mudguards, rack and dynamo lights.

Far too sensible for the British market.
I tried to do the same.  Shop (70+ miles away) said they had one in size X
there we journeyed
they didn't.  We ended up with something stupidly heavy (Y frame and front sus) as an improvement on nothing.
by the time younger guy was that sort of size islabikes had appeared.
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