Frog 53 kids' bike is the perfect starter for a future cycling superhero

If only all parenting could be like this

Frog 53 kid's bike
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Kids go by a few simple rules - if it feels good and it's fun, they'll do it. Given the amount of riding our tester has done on the Frog 53 it certainly qualifies as both of these things. But I guess that's what comes from a bike that's been incredibly well thought out and designed with its riders in mind, it's a fantastic introduction to geared riding and 20" wheels.

Reasons to buy
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    Kid-specific sized components

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    Stable geometry improves confidence

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    Plenty of sizing adjustment to last your child a good few years

Reasons to avoid
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    Brake lever blades designed for four-finger braking

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    Trigger shift gear lever can be difficult for mobile or weaker thumbs

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Kids’ bikes have come a long way since the mid-2000s when first Islabikes redefined and redesigned what we thought a child’s bike should be. In 2013, Frog Bikes joined as a key player in the revolution, focussing on designing bikes that fitted the proportions of kids rather than being just scaled down versions of adult bikes.

The 53 is Frog’s smallest 20” wheeled and geared bike for kids with a 50-65cm inseam (typically 5-7 year olds). As it will be for most kids, this was our tester’s first time riding with gears and with wheels this big. How would he get on and how would the Frog 53 stack up against the rest of the best kids’ bikes?

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 

Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.