Battle of the Bikes

Whether it is his first wobble on a balance bike, or time for the solo school commute, Mr Fox chooses the best wheels for the job.


  1. A mini balance version of the super cool Mango, design junkies can custom pick their own colours and have them hand-build it to order.
    Mini Mango Balance Bike, from £69.99.
    Best for: Ages 2–5
  2. From the makers of Micro Scooter this minimal, lightweight balance bike comes in six shades of glorious Pantone, with adjustable seat and handlebars, but more importantly, puncture-free wheels. Micro G Bike Plus Balance Bike, £99.95.
    Best for: Ages 2–4
  1. Inspired by Sir Chris Hoy’s first track bike with a grab rail on the saddle for big wobbles, the lightweight frame and shorter cranks make these ideal for beginners. HOY Bonaly 16 inch, £230.
    Best for: Ages 5–7
  1. Fixed gear ‘fixies’ have a stripped down aesthetic that’s a nod to urban cool for culture-loving kids. The high-tensile steel frame means it is not as light as it could be, but what it lacks in spec it makes up for in style. Urban Culture Fixie 20”, £145.95
    Best for: Ages 7–9
  1. A light aluminium frame and a sensible spec afford this bike an excellent reputation. Detachable mudguards as well as quick release wheels and seat post make for a tidy ride and easy transporting. FROG 62 24”, £270.
    Best for: Ages 9­–11
  1. It’s no secret that Islabikes are the best thing on two wheels, and the Beinn 26 cuts a fine figure. Perfect for the school commute, it will go the distance and serve younger siblings well on round two (or three, or four). Islabikes Beinn 26”, £349.99.
    Best for: Ages 11+
Does your boy have a mean set of wheels that we haven’t featured? Let us know in the comments below.