New Ride Phantom balance bike comes with light-up plastic frame (video)

Flashing and glitter versions available


Getting small kids outside to burn off some energy might be a bit easier with the new Ride Phantom balance bike.

Its frame is made of clear polycarbonate and includes two holders for interchangeable LED lights, one at the front and one at the back of the frame.

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These light up the frame, so it’s very visible at night as well as by day. There are flashing as well as constant illumination options.

There’s a choice of LED colours, so kids can swap frame colour just by swapping the lighting units. And there’s a glitter version of the frame available, to add even more bling.

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The bike comes with 12 inch wide profile pneumatic tyres and steel spoked wheels, along with smaller diameter handlebar grips to suit smaller hands.

Both the saddle and the bars are height adjustable, to cater for growing kids. There’s also a handle on the back of the saddle in case some extra adult help is needed.

Watch: How to teach your kid to ride a bike

Ride Phantom was founded in California in 2011 and has a patent on its illuminated frame design.

However, it took until 2015 for it to develop a design with the right combination of strength, light transmission and ability to be mass produced for it to launch its first product.

It plans to follow up the balance bike quickly with a pedal bike and a tricycle.

UK distribution of the Ride Phantom balance bike is by Moore Large and its Today’s Cyclist website, with a UK retail price of £140. The light units run on three AAA batteries which aren’t included, so you might want to stock up on these too.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.