With immense attention to detail, Cleary has set out to create truly child specific bikes that will fit your grom correctly and offer features that help them learn how to properly ride a bike and do it in a fun and progressive way.
From easy-to-operate singlespeed drivetrains and lightweight frames to grips sized for tiny hands and brakes that are always within reach, Cleary has clearly thought of everything a child needs to operate a bike as safely as possible. Every bike they offer even includes hand brakes.
Their lineup features models designed for ages 2-12 and they come in eye-catching colors and fun names like Starfish, Gecko, Hedgehog, Owl, and Meerkat. What kid wouldn’t love to ride a hedgehog?
Complete bikes run from $199 for the Starfish push bike to $660 for the 24” Meerkat with suspension fork and 1×9 gearing.
New for 2017 is the addition of a reversible rear (flip-flop) hub on their singlespeed bikes that allows the use of different size cogs on either end of the quick-release hub. This means parents can quickly change rear gearing for varying conditions without the need for tools. Both sides are freewheel. Simply use the quick-release to remove the rear wheel, flip it over, slide the chain on the new cog and tighten the wheel. All kid bikes should be this simple to operate and work on.
All of the bikes in their lineup except for the 24” Meerkat are singlespeeds, because they are cleaner, easier to maintain and operate, and you don’t have to deal with derailleur adjustments. Older riders can progress to the Meerkat, which is spec’d with a 1×9 drivetrain and Microshift thumb shifter.
Also new for 2017 is the addition of a 3-speed internally geared hub for the singlespeed, the Owl Bike. The hub features a gear range of 177%. The 22-tooth sprocket and shell are made of 6061 aluminum with an anodized alloy finish. It’s a great option for those not ready for a derailleur, but who need the extra gear range. It will be available starting this fall.
For more information visit clearybikes.com.
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