I had planned this review for mid-April, but I can’t possibly wait until then to tell you about Oliver’s new “big-boy bike”.
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll probably know that Oliver’s been asking for a big-boy bike for months, and we finally found the perfect one: a light 14” bike by an Austrian company called Woom, who claim to make the best kids bikes on the market.
After seeing Oliver use it for two weeks day in and day out, I’m inclined to agree.
The light weight was one of our main requirements
Oliver’s an independent soul, he never ever lets us carry his balance bike, not even uphill, not even up a thousand stairs we once encountered on our way back home. His new bike needed to be as light as possible.
The Woom 2 bike only weighs 5,3kg, which makes it lighter than the other two brands we were considering.
And to prove you that I’m not exaggerating, here’s a picture of Oliver in the very first ten minutes since we got out the house with his new bike for the first time: he wanted to carry it downhill himself, and he did (which, as you can see in the background, we found very amusing ;-).
We wanted real brakes
We wanted Oliver to switch to a “real” pedal bike, the kind of bike he will be riding his whole life. I intuitively never liked the concept of coaster brakes, because in my mind coaster braking:
- Makes it harder to learn how to pedal forwards (each and every one of Oliver’s friends that I saw on a bike for the first time tried to pedal in the wrong direction)
- It makes it more difficult to put the pedals in the correct position to start biking.
- It delays getting used to the brakes that you and I use on our bikes (the real brakes). Braking is such an important skill when riding a bike, why wait to learn it?
I was happy to find out that Woom creators thought exactly the same, and not only did they put real brakes on their kids bikes, they even color coded them so children don’t mix them up. It’s so much easier for the kid to quickly react to, “Use the green brake” than to “Use the right/rear brake”.
Also, as you can see in the picture, the short-reach lever is easy to reach even for Oliver’s 3-year-old hands, and it’s quite soft so he doesn’t need to apply much force to brake.
How could the steering limiter not be on my priority list?
The only times Oliver fell on his balance bike—he’s a very cautious boy, but after a year of balance biking he did get quite cocky—was when he lost control of it by overturning the handlebars. Duh!
The Woom 2 has a steering limiter which prevents exactly that from happening, and I’m pretty sure it will save us a scare or two! When I saw this feature on this bike, I had a “lightbulb” kind of moment: of course a kids bike needs a steering limiter!
No tools needed to adjust the seat height (thank you, Woom!)
Oliver’s balance bike required a tool to raise the seat, which made it cumbersome to adjust on the road.
Like you’d expect, the Woom 2 has a quick release clamp to adjust the height, which came in handy when super-duper Oliver asked us to raise the seat, not one, not two, but three (!) times just on his first ride!
Every detail is beautifully designed and attentively thought out
And when I say everything, I mean ev-e-ry-thing!
• The aluminum frame has a low center of gravity which means that the bike tends to stay upright, so the kid feels more secure when riding.
• The seat has protective fabric on the sides so it doesn’t scratch when parked against a wall or—as we’re talking about toddlers here—on the ground.
• The integrated chainring guard protects trousers from getting dirty and jammed (and it looks much more stylish than other brands).
• The tires are designed for optimal grip, which is particularly important with children—you know that look in their eyes when they think, “oh, look at that puddle/weird looking ground, I’ll bike straight through it!”.
• It comes all perfectly adjusted by Woom technicians. When you get your Woom 2, all you need to do is plug in the handlebar with a single screw, attach the pedals, and you’re good to go. It’s that easy!
The helmet is a must!
The helmet is a piece of art in itself. The buckle is magnetic so Oliver can actually close it without our help; the special rubbery frontal bumper serves both as a visor from sun and rain, as well as face protection; and the big logo on the side is actually made of reflective film so it enhances visibility in the dark (here in the Costa del Sol we might never need it, but how cool is it that Woom thought about that?).
Oh, and when you get it, take a look inside: there’s a special message for your kid that you’ll love! 😉
What would I change about this bike?
This bike is perfect. It’s perfectly thought out, light and steady, adorable, and incredibly comfortable judging by the fact that Oliver never wants to get off it. There’s nothing (zero, zilch!) I would change—I know, that’s a first!
Well, maybe there is one thing I’d like to change. I wish I had found Woom earlier and got Oliver the Woom 1—their balance bike which has a rear brake. Braking is by far the thing that Oliver is struggling getting used to the most: he can easily brake when we remind him, but instinctively he still puts his feet down. Had he learnt with the Woom 1, braking would now be second nature.
Oliver’s adventures on the road
I decided to have some fun with this thing called technology, and made a video of Oliver’s first days on his bike (including his very first attempt!)… he left us all speechless! Make sure the volume is on 😉
🌸 If you want to purchase one of the woom product that we have, here’s all the links (they’re affiliate links: if you use them, you pay the same, but I get a commission which helps my blog grow and my work appreciated):
This is a sponsored post. I reached out to Woom because we fell in love with their bikes, and they were so kind as to send Oliver the Woom 2 and Emily the woom 1. We’ve been partnering since and I couldn’t love their products more.
If you live in Spain, Woom’s official distributor is smartbike.es.