BikeRadar Live: Better biking for bairns with Islabikes

Encourage your kids to ride better, smoother and safer

Better biking for bairns with Islabikes

Children love cycling, and to encourage them to ride better, smoother, safer and with greater confidence, top kids bikes manufacturer Islabikes have teamed up with the UK’s leading cycle training company CycleActive to run the Islabikes Skills School at BikeRadar Live.


CycleActive’s instructors are renowned for their superb coaching and enthusiasm, and will be ready to coach any young cyclist, whatever their ability.

The 20-minute sessions will cover all kinds of biking skills, and at the same time children will be able to try out some of the latest machines from the Islabikes range.

Islabikes are a British company who have rewritten the rulebook on what a child’s bike should be. The company specialise in designing and producing top quality machines, and unlike many other kids’ bikes, Islabikes are lightweight, have decent specifications using Shimano and SRAM kit, and have child-friendly features like brake and gear shifters designed for small hands.

Islabikes’ designer and owner Isla Rowntree said: “The Islabikes Children’s Skills School will give lots of kids the opportunity to receive quality tuition – it’s amazing what an hour with an expert can do for kids’ riding ability.

“The chance to borrow an Islabike will show them what a difference a decent bike can make too. We’re thrilled to be involved with BikeRadar Live – it promises to be a bumper weekend celebrating cycling.”

CycleActive’s founder and director Chris Ford, a regular contributor to our sister magazine What Mountain Bike and advisor on BikeRadar’s Skills Q&A section, said: “We’ve worked with everyone from four-year-olds coming off stabilisers for the first time to pro racers, downhillers and the Olympic Talent team. But there’s nothing more rewarding than showing kids how to get the best out of their bikes.”

A full timetable of sessions will be on offer at the Skills School – you just sign up on the day. It’s amazing what these sessions can do for young riders, so don’t miss out on this unique and free opportunity.

Children will be able to try out a range of Islabikes’ road and mountain bikes but youngsters who have their own bikes at the show are welcome to join the skills school too.

About BikeRadar Live

BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.

Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the Islabikes Children’s Skills School. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.

Events include the Cycling Plus Sportive in association with the Geoff Thomas Foundation (100km & 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr & 4hr), MBUK eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.

BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.


BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of MBUK, Cycling Plus,, What Mountain Bike, and Procycling.