Sportiness vs. suitability for daily use
An important step towards creating lighter kids bikes was the switch from steel to aluminium frame materials, which already saved some weight by itself. Carbon, on the other hand, is hardly an issue for children's bikes, as the material is not robust enough to meet the requirements of children. Or, to put it another way: kids tend to throw bikes onto the ground without thinking. In addition, the former focus on safety and suitability for everyday use is increasingly opening up to leisure fun. Kids bikes of yesteryear were equipped with everything that was relevant to safety, or at least appeared to be: pannier racks, fenders, fixed lights, coaster hubs, kickstands and chain guards were standard, and in turn made the bicycles heavy. Modern kids bikes come with fewer parts, a cleaner look, some even as real sports equipment. However, due to the focus on sportiness, there is a lack of equipment options for some uses, such as daily trips to and from school by bike. Therefore, if necessary, you should also attach one or two accessories to a lightweight sports bike if you’d like to use the bike daily.
As important as weight is, it is not everything, and utility also plays a decisive role in daily life. If your child is constantly getting wet on the way to school due to a lack of fender, they will use the bike less and you will be constantly washing dirty clothes.