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A First Bike

Mr Squishy is an active little boy.  This little man gets his energy levels from me so is generally super charged most of the time.  It comes in handy as he can keep up with me although isn’t quite so great when I’m having an off day.  This little Duracell bunny loves to run around, play on his scooter and play on his tricycle whenever he gets the chance.  He has mastered the art of riding his sisters pretty pink scooters hilarious if you compare their size to his and he’s recently learnt to use the pedals on his bike.  At the moment he of course has a teeny weeny little bike (tricycle) to allow for his size but at some stage I shall be looking to upgrade as he grows.  I don’t remember my first bike it was so long ago although I do remember riding a neighbours dog (a golden retriever) once in a while which was pretty fun.  Photos from when I was young are limited so I don’t think I have any of me and my first bike which is a shame and something I hope not to be the case with my little ones.


My little man loves riding his bike outside and normally he plays with it in the garden but I hope to get out to the park where he can ride it over a larger more open area as I know he will love that.  You can see the concentration on his face when he pedals around and it’s simply adorable.  My only concern is getting him to leave the park as he loves being out and not so much the leaving and coming back home.

I can imagine my little man on a bmx bike when he gets that little bit bigger.  Do you remember those?  I still see these sort of bikes around which were very popular in the 1990’s.  This sort of bike would be great for my little guy being the little speedster and daredevil that he is.


Having visited Halfords for children’s bikes and also to get my car lights changed when they’ve blown (yes they do that too for a small fee) I thought I would take a look and see what options were available for Mr Squishy.  The bikes start from age 3 and up so he might have to wait a little longer which is fine with me as his little tricycle is just right for the moment.  Halfords have a good range of bikes on their site for boys and girls.  I though these would probably appeal to my little man the most:


He loves bright colours and these bikes look great and what impressed me even more was this that I read on a banner over on their site.


Always reassuring when other mums are in total agreement about products for children isn’t it!

From the bikes selected above I think the one that would appeal to Mr Squishy the most at the moment would be the Paw Patrol bike.  He loves watching Paw Patrol on tv and to have a bike with the characters would really put a smile on his face.  Any of these would make a great first bike for children and give them hours of fun outside.  I don’t think children get half as much outside play as I know I did when i was younger so this is perfect to help encourage that.

Many of the bikes are on offer at the moment so if you need a children’s bike be sure to take a look as you could bag yourself some great savings.

Have you guys ever bought or would you buy a bike from Halfords?

This is a collaborative post.

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  1. So cute! I remember my son’s first bike – he loved it! Such a special time!

    1. It is isn’t it and lovely to watch them playing and having fun.

  2. We have brought many a bike from Halfords over the years, all 3 of mine have had bikes from there

    1. They do seem to be one of the best places for bikes x

  3. Mr. Squishy certainly looks like he adores riding his trike and I’m sure that he will love a Paw Patrol bike when he gets big enough to be able to ride one.

    1. I think he will too. Can’t wait util he is ready for one 😉

  4. I’m pretty sure my mum bought my sons bike from Halfords its a great store they are always so helpful. k x

    1. They sure are and there is a good selection of bikes too.

  5. We bought our childrens first bikes from Halfords, they always have great choices and really good advice too. I wouldn’t shop anywhere else really!

    1. They are always very helpful in there aren’t they. 😉

  6. The paw patrol one would be popular with my niece too! I think these are great 🙂

    1. They do look like great little bikes don’t they 😉

  7. It’s so important to get the right first bike. We went from balance to two wheels without the stabiliser stage, so would recommend that transition.

    1. We haven’t tried a balance bike, maybe we should do that next before a proper bike.

  8. I still remember receiving my first bike, a Raleigh Bluebird. I LOVED that thing!

    1. Wow, you have a great memory I don’t remember my first bike.

  9. I remember when i got my first bike. I was so excited to get it and i had lots of fun with it too

    1. It’s great fun and good to get outside too.

  10. Ahhh the joys of our youth! I still remember receiving my first bike 🙂 The smile on your lil man’s face is priceless!

  11. My sons had BMXs and then moved on to mountain bikes. My first bike was a Raleigh dido 😊X

  12. I don’t have children and never heard about Halfords (also because I’m originally from Spain haha) but it’s great to know these things and being able to recommend to my friends who are already moms! 🙂 x

  13. I love the Paw Patrol bike my daughter loves Paw Patrol and would literally be so envious of this – but she has a very similar cupcake one at the moment which she rides everywhere!

    1. Little ones do seem to love bikes and it’s great to see their little legs peddling. They look so cute!

  14. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I never learnt how to ride a bike as I just wasn’t interested as a kid. Wish I had now though x

    1. That’s such a shame. I learnt when I was little luckily which was handy when we went to Centre Parcs.

  15. The look on his face says it all!! I remember getting my nephew’s first bike, its a very special occasion indeed!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much Evija, I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas too. Getting you first big is an important occasion and I am sure my little man will love his first proper one one we get it x

  16. Its great that MR Squishy has a great bike to help him ride. Halfords offer a great selection of bikes.

  17. It’s really nice to start learning how to be on a bike from when you’re little. Loving the look and design of this first bike!

  18. I remember my first bike was pink with streamers on – I loved it! x

    1. I bet it looked super cute!!!!

  19. My boys are full of energy too, these bikes look fab, cant wait for my littlest to be old enough for one of these!

  20. My son would adore the Paw Patrol bike. thanks for the tip.

  21. Again he is so smiley, you definitely need to change his name from Mr Squishy to Mr Smiley x

    1. I think that might be quite appropriate Rachel. He loves to play outside especially on his bike and his sisters scooter.

  22. Wow such lovely and precious memories caught. One of the first major things you’ll teach him to do, and much more to come 😊

  23. Looks like a brilliant first bike! halfords have some brilliant bikes, i got one for my daughter recently

    1. They do have a good range.

  24. Mr Squishy looks super happy 🙂 My mummy always wanted a BMX as they were all the rage in the 80’s. Sounds like they do a great range 🙂

  25. We bought a bike from Halfords and they are great! Kids really do love a good bike and it is important they learn how to ride them.

    1. I think it’s one of those great childhood experiences that really does help make a great memories.

  26. I haven’t bought from Halfords, would be one of the first places i think i would look

  27. I remember buying all 6 of my children their first bikes and how they have grown along with the child over the year – we tend to have them without stabilisers although ones still struggling without them on

    1. It’s great to see them enjoying the bikes isn’t it and the sense of achievement when they work out what to do.

  28. So cute! He looks like he’s having a fabulous time!

    1. He does like playing on his little bike.

  29. I have two little paw Patrol fans and we have scouters but think they will be ready for bikes this time next year

    1. That’s going to be a super exciting time for them, make sure you check out Halfords for the Paw Patrol bikes!!!!

  30. Awww cute! They look so happy on it.

  31. He looks so happy on his little bike, so cute. I remember mine well, it was pick with a gorgeous basket with ribbons on it. Jo x

    1. That sounds great, I bet my girls would love one with a basket at the front.

  32. haha they all look so adorable! My son is too lazy to use pedals. so he just drags his foot across the ground! We got him Scooty so that works fine for now!

    1. He will start to love it soon I am sure. Keep him out and about in the fresh air it’s good for them x

  33. Riding bike during my childhood days is one of my memorable moments. Kids will definitely love this bike looks good. Aside from this, biking also have positive benefits as a form of exercise as compared to just stay at home and play with video games. Will definitely be a good Christmas present.

    1. Mine do love to get out and about and my Little man actually asks to go out which is cute.

  34. I’d love to be able to buy a new bike for myself! Definitely want to get into cycling much more! It great to start kids so young on the bike!

    1. It sure is, my girls are learning to ride without the supports and are loving it.

  35. I’ve never bought a bike from Halfords, but will consider it for the future. The Paw Patrol bike is so cute!

    1. I know, Isn’t it adorable!!!!

  36. He looks so happy with his bike! Halfords do amazing bikes! xo

    1. They sure do and I am sure my little man will love whatever we chose for him.

  37. I bought a balance bike (one with no peddles) for my little man last year as his first bike and I think it definately ranks way up there as his favourite toy/plaything. My only issue is when we take it out to the park or shopping and he gets tired out riding it…I made sure it was light enough & small enough to attach to his buggy when he leaves me to carry it all the way home! 😉 x

    1. We haven’t tried him on one of those but he sure loves his trike. As he gets that bit older he will want to cycle home too x

  38. Bought many bikes from Halfords over the years time for my nephew to get his first one there are perfect

    1. They do have a great range available.

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