When my wife originally wanted to go riding with me and needed a new bike, the Giant Hello Kitty caught her attention.
Its first major ride was a 70km ride from Yonghe to Fulong even though she had never been a cyclist and had not done training of any kind. She threw her bag on the rack, held it down with the sprung part included on cheaper racks and just headed off. What a trooper.
Now, 7 years later, the bike is still in use. It doesn’t get nearly as much use as any of our other bikes, but it is a staple in the stable of loyal chariots.
Amongst its features are:
- Big basket (with Hello Kitty picture up front)
- Downtube-only “girls” bike design
- Kick stand attached to rear wheel bolt
- Big seat with springs for comfort (but not comfortable)
- Hello Kitty bell
- 6-speed Grip Shift (rear gears only)
- Caliper front brakes
- Drum brakes at the back
The child seat at the back was most often used on my mountain bike when I used to take Christina out on bike rides. It was a little more pricey than the other models available and seemed more comfortable. It was just the right size when she was almost two years old and it is still fine now. She enjoys trying to climb up and into the seat on her own now.
Although it is not my first choice by any means, it is still a regular in our household.
I think it will continue to be for some time too.