Eurobike: 6 awesome bike things for kids

European childrens' options cooler than ever

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When you’re an American in Europe, it’s sometimes hard to tell if something is actually cool, or just intriguing because it feels so different. Heck, the grocery store feels like an exciting new frontier what with their smart packaging design and extensive use of the metric system. When it comes to children’s bike gear, however, there’s really no question about it–these kids got it good.

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Kids Touring Trailer with Rack

Despite a lackluster name and logo, German brand Kids Touring puts out some of the coolest bike trailers for transporting children, pets and cargo we’ve ever seen. Our favorite comes with a built-in mini rack to carry junior’s balance bike. And while we’ve yet to see this in the US, a modestly skilled do-it-yourselfer could probably add this feature to an existing trailer without much issue.

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Scool Chix Classic

Another Europe-only find, Scool’s Chix line of junior girls’ bikes includes this fashionable takedown of an adult safety bicycle. Its timeless design and a great color scheme make it a show standout.

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Wishbone Design 3-in-1

Wishbone Design’s clever, sustainably-built 3-in-1 bike adapts as your child grows, morphing from trike to balance bike to pedal bike. Plus it’s cute as heck. Envisioned and designed by a New Zealand husband-and-wife duo, the Wishbone 3-in-1 is sustainably produced and available in some really cool, limited run graphics. And they’re available in the US. Check ‘em out at wishbonedesign.com.

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XXfat 20-9 Kid’s Fatbike

What to get the wee one that has everything? You could go with the world’s first 20-inch fatbike, fashionably shod with four-inch wide, 20-inch fatbike meats from Vee Tire, a Shimano nine-speed drivetrain and disc brakes. Just be sure you and your kid live in Europe–this one is not available in the US. Yet.

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Bell Zipper Kid’s Helmet

Bell’s newest kid lid features a wide-ranging dial-to-fit mechanism, 15 big vents, in-mold construction, a low profile, and graphics ranging from kid sophisticated–like the Pink Paradise colorway above–to super-fun animal prints with puffer fish and tigers. The $40 Zipper is certified to both the CE and CPSC standards for worldwide availability.

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Kermit The Frog Doll

Just as your rubber ducky makes bathtime so much fun, Muppet kingpin Kermit the Frog makes bike riding a barrel of monkeys. A great companion to ride shotgun in a child trailer, Kermit is a worldwide celebrity available everywhere.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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