Cleary Bikes sent us a sample bike for us to review with the promise that it would be easy to put together and really fun and easy to use.
Did Cleary Bikes deliver?
YES! Yes they did.
I received a box of bicycle parts and set to put the bike together. The most complicated thing for me to do was loosen the brake so that I could put the wheels on, but other than that it was basically a snap to put together.
Cleary Bikes’ geometry and high-quality material is a clear upgrade from the “toy” category we see most children bikes as. All Cleary bikes feature a beautiful leather seat, sturdy hand brakes (even on their balance bike!) and a clean paint and sealant that won’t easily chip or dent. Mechanically sound as it is beautiful, Cleary Bikes are perfectly balanced so the rider’s weight is distributed evenly to the 5-points of contact with the bike (2 hands, 2 feet, and a bum). This isn’t just about comfort so the child is more keen to ride, but it also is about control, maneuverability, and safety. Ride smoothly and soundly day after day after day.
My daughter has always been hesitant of going fast. (in anything in life) She doesn’t do something unless she is certain she can do it. I told her how this bike is supposed to be very balanced and easy to ride. So she gave it a try. Just with that added confidence she was able to jump on and ride. She is now riding all over the little town we now live in. I LOVE seeing her ride with confidence. LOVE IT.
And thank goodness that my son wasn’t here all summer, it gave her a chance to really get on the bike and play. As soon as he got back he pretty much calls it “his” bike.
This boy is on this bike every day. When we go on walks I make them take turns. One kid gets to ride the bike into town and the other kid gets to ride it back. It works! Zoe will talk to me about her day and Miles will play Pokemon Go on his walk.
We love the look of this fun bike. The seat, Miles loves how fashionable the seat is. All Cleary bikes come with a brown leather seat. The brakes are great and I’m impressed with the wheels. A lot of kids bikes just aren’t made this well. We purchased a bike lock and you can see it on the picture above. That way we can lock it up when we go into town and get a treat. The seat is really easy to adjust too. This bike is just wonderful. It’s light so in the event that the kids can’t ride it up the hill I am able to carry it. I really recommend Cleary!!!
Three Different Cleary Bike Options
Starfish 12” Balance Bike – MSRP: $199
Gecko 12” Single Speed – MSRP: $250
Hedgehog 16” Single Speed – MSRP: $310
Owl 20 “ Single Speed – MSRP: $345
· Available in Very Orange, Deep Blue, Cool Moss and Sorta Pink
· 5mm Allen skewer on front wheels
· Three-piece crank and square taper bottom bracket
· Internal cable routing
· Slim, junior race-style vegan leather saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing
The Cleary Bikes Story:
Based in Sausalito, CA, Cleary Bikes aims to empower kids with well-built,smooth-riding, and lightweight bikes for a fun and engaging experience. Cleary Bikes’ expertly engineered bike geometry allows children of all ages to ride comfortably and with control at all times. Between the expert build, innovative safety features and broad range of color choices, Cleary Bikes provides the best possible cycling experience for all levels of riders. Growing from the team’s long history in the cycling world and experiences with their own children, Cleary Bikes aspires to deliver the possibility of adventure and freedom for little ones from their first pedal.
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