Review of Sasha II Power Girl’s BicycleJuly 5, 2007
My three year old daughter badgered us for a bike all of last summer. We finally succummed and went looking late in the summer. The good guys in West End Cycles in Ballincollig were very expensive coming in around €160 for even a basic bike. We tried the new Smyth’s at the Kinsale Road roundabout and their value was much better even if the selection was not.
We settled on a very basic 14″ bike that came in slightly over €100 on the basis that our kids always trash their first bikes so there is no point in spending money on quality.
The bike was a pig to assemble and took over an hour and a half. She loved it instantly and seems to be a natural on a bike. However in retrospect we should have spent a few quid more on something more robust. The main problems are the terrible brakes. First the entire lever assembly is made of plastic and the clamp for the handlebar broke after a very short time. It is now held on with duct tape. They are old style side-pull brakes and are totally useless at stopping and finally the actual brake mechanism has rusted to hell after only a few months. The stabilisers are not great either.
Having said all of that she is happy with it and since we went for a bigger frame, it should last her until she is five (if it doesn’t fall apart first)
Overall I would say to pay maybe €10-20 more for a bike with better brakes, particularly if, like us, your estate has a hill in it.