Buying a children's bike can be expensive - and it can be hard to part with the cash required to get a quality machine if you know your little one is likely to morph into Stretch Armstrong within months of purchase.
We've seen brands look to overcome the growing legs phenomenon with adjustable bikes, and the Monkeycycle is the newest addition - as well as being perhaps the most extreme.
The kit can be purchased in several different build formats, and transforms from stroller to balance bike, to pedal bike and finishes the journey at a quad bike.
The modular bike has been designed to suit kids from nine months to six years. The final design was the work of Michael Downs, a bike designer who Monkeycycle says has over 20 years experience with some of the biggest brands in cycling.
At the heart of the bike is an aluminium frame, and the top tube can be flipped over to adjust the geometry between bike styles. Wheels and components can be swapped - with some iterations also sporting disc brakes.
Step one is a stroller, with a detachable mini child seat. Next, the bike morphs into a pedal-less trike, before becoming a balance bike, and then a pedal bike.
From here, more wheels can be added so the child can propel either a trike or a quad bike - though we reckon a lot of parents will be looking to move on to bigger bikes as kids' grow older and more confident, rather than adding more wheels for additional stability.
There are various different build options - but a full system currently costs £267, a reduction of 41 per cent from the RRP of £458. Weight varies depending upon the build, but starts at 3.6kg for the balance bike and gets up to 8.8kg for the quad bike.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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