Monday, October 14, 2019

Bicycle! Bicycle! The Perfect Gift: A Shiny, New Bike! | Phoenix Bike Review

Looking for the perfect bike for your kiddo? Well, look no further because I have a glittering diamond in a sea of bike frames and handlebars for you. 

When buying a bike for my son, I felt that wave of dread similar to that of car buying. I went to the store and all of the bikes lined up were not good enough for him. The bikes with the cool characters were too small. The bikes with the fun colors were just a little too big. The seats were shaped funny, or the handlebars even after adjusted were weird. It was like the Goldilocks of bike buying. Even going to purchase online proved to bring the same struggle. Coincidentally, I was contacted to work with a company offering a bike for review, so I took them up on the offer.

We were sent the Phoenix bicycle that is for sale on Amazon, and it may just be the bike you need for your kiddo. Phoenix is not a brand that I am familiar with but I learned it’s actually the oldest bicycle brand in China dating back to bike production since 1897. There’s your bike history for today. To cut to the chase - this is a great bicycle offering safety, quality, and a very sleek appearance. Read on to see what's included as it comes with a lot and provides a big bang for your buck!

The Phoenix bikes are available in a variety of four sizes: 12”, 14”, 16” and 18”, which makes it very easy to choose based on your child’s height. I requested the 18” bike and it is the perfect fit for my growing boy (he’s 4’2 now).  You can check out a bicycle height chart below. The Phoenix comes in three vibrant patriotic colors red, white, and blue. I chose the blue and was so impressed by the paint - pristine paint job overall and a very good looking bike. 

credit to Schwinn

The Phoenix also comes with training wheels, which is a nice touch and adds some cost savings. Opening the box, you’ll find a bike that it pretty much put together, you just have to attach the pedals to the frame as well as the handlebars and training wheels, mudguards, and basket.  The basket adds some nostalgia and gives kids the chance to store stuff safely while they ride, and baskets that are actually useful are rarely found on some bikes today. Since the bike has no decoration or extra frills, it gives a crafty person like me some creative license to spruce it up. I have plans for adding some custom decals on the frame and basket to personalize his bike. Also included is the bike pump to fill the tires with air, which you will need to do.

One thing I must add is that we ran into a bit of a problem with the front brakes, and the customer service team was very helpful providing a video on how to adjust the brakes. After adjusting the brakes, the bike was ready to ride. Usually, my son is sort of clumsy when it comes to bike riding, but the ride is very smooth on the Phoenix, so he was off and riding like a little pro. He has been riding it now with no complaints. The size is perfect for his height and will grow with him. We're almost at the point where we can take the training wheels off already, which seems to be very easy to do with this bike. 

You can get the Phoenix on Amazon from $119 - $149 depending on the size, and you get what you pay for in terms of quality, safety, appearance, and the ride. Make sure your kiddo wears a helmet when riding, and ride safely! 

Thank you, Phoenix for sending us your fabulous bike for us to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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