Getting ready for Christmas

Team Dorvics is getting ready for a busy Christmas with lots of offers and help to make sure your Christmas gift, to yourself or someone special, is the best ever!

Kids Competition

Get your kids to colour in their favourite bike that they’d want for Christmas and the most imaginative wins a goody bag worth £25.

Download a template to colour in or pop in to the shop and pick one up, or even make up your own.

Desperate Dads

  • Forgot to buy a pump?
  • Not got the right spanner?
  • Instructions in Chinese?

If you’ve managed to get a better deal on a bike from the internet and have built it yourself,

Dorvics will be open on Christmas Day for just 2 hours, 10:00-12:00 to help you keep the smiles on your kids faces and help with any problems.

Christmas Day Collection

Not got enough hiding spaces left to keep your kids bike a secret? Bring them down to Dorvics on Christmas Morning to collect their bike with a special message from Santa.

Children’s Bike Buying Guide

Kids love riding bikes, it gets kids fit, gets them outside, offers them some independence, and most all of riding is fun.

The great news is that kids can start properly riding bikes from about 3 years of age.

Choosing the right bike for your kid, can initially seem quite confusing, but is also crucial to their being able to ride their bike safely and with confidence. When selecting a bike for a younger person, the most important things to ensure is that the child looks and feels comfortable on the bike, and that they think the bike is cool.

Kids have never had so much choice of quality when it comes to bikes. From teenagers to toddlers, there’s a bike for your child.

But if you buy a bike that is too small your child may feel silly sitting on it, and feel cramped. Conversely, buying a bike that is too large will be unwieldy, difficult to control, and undermine their fledgling confidence on the pedals.

Get some expert advice from the team at Dorvics and we’ll guide you through the process of getting the right bike for you and your kids. Be responsible and teach your kid how to be safe when they ride, wherever they ride. AND MAKE SURE THEY ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!!!!!!!

What size bike does your child need?

When choosing a grown-up bike, we use the size of the frame as our reference point. But when it comes to kids bikes we use the diameter of the wheel as the reference point. That’s because kids’ wheel sizes that determines the proportions for the rest of the bike. Kids’ wheel sizes are generally available in 12, 16, 20, and 24 inches. At 26 inches you’re into the standard sized adult mountain bike wheel size.

Roughly speaking, 12-inch wheels are designed for kids starting off biking and who on average are aged between 3-5 years of age, and by the time your child is 14 years old, you will mostly be looking at 24-inch wheel.

So how do you discover what size bike is perfect for your child?

The general rule of thumb is to use a sizing chart such as the Dorvics one below where we use the inside leg measurement as a guide.

Wheel Size Age Inseam Inseam
12″ 2-3 14″-17″ 35-42 cm
14″ 3-5 16″-20″ 40-50 cm
16″ 4-5 18″-22″ 45-55 cm
20″ 5-8 22″-25″ 55-63 cm
24″ 8-12 24″-28″ 60-72 cm
26″ 12+ 26″+ 70+ cm

Why shouldn’t I buy a bike from the internet?

Never ever underestimate the power of good advice given by a Dorvics expert. 5 minutes with an experienced and reputable bike expert can you save you hours spent scouting the internet for the answer. As can often be the case with Google, you can find yourself with a hundred new questions and more confused than when you started.

Buying a bike on the internet can initially save you money and here at Dorvics, we cannot compete with online retailers who do not have a warehouse, staff and high street shop overheads to contend with.

But there are many benefits to buying from a local expert bike shop;

• All bikes bought from Dorvics are built by qualified mechanics to the correct British Standard.
• We have all of the correct tools and know the correct tightness needed for each bolt
• All new Dorvics bikes get a free 6 week safety inspection
• All new Dorvics bikes get an annual service free, saving £30
• Any accessories bought at the same time as a bike get fitted free
• We dispose of the boxes and packaging ready for recycling
• The costs from most bike shops to build a bike from a box is £35
• Support your local high street business!

Ready to buy your childs bike?

In 3 simple steps…

1. Find the right size using the Dorvics Size Guide or visit the shop where you can try all sizes
2. Order and pay on the special Dorvics Christmas Web Site or on our Facebook Shop
3. Book a delivery or collection time

Your new bike will be delivered to the Dorvics shop where it will be checked, assembled and tested. We’ll then call you to arrange delivery or collection.

We will be delivering on 21st, 22nd, 23rd and Christmas Eve up to 8pm and will book a one-hour time slot for you. You can even bring your child (or partner) to the shop to collect on Christmas Day.

Special Wrapping

From giant bike bags to ribbon and a special ‘From Santa’ card, we can wrap your bike to make it the perfect Christmas Surprise.