Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Introducing Frog Bikes

Yesterday we went to the official opening of the new Frog Bikes factory on Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool. I was really impressed with what we saw!


About Frog Bikes

Frog Bikes are all about kids; they have set about making the best possible bikes for children, all with the goal of making cycling easier and more fun. The frames are all lightweight aluminium, as opposed to the traditional steel - which often means a child's bike weighs almost as much as the child riding it.

They also have a unique crank design, making the bikes easier for kids to pedal. (And less likely to tire after five minutes and leave you to push / carry the bike around...)

Right now, the range includes balance bikes (called Tadpoles!), first pedal bikes, road bikes, track bikes, and very smart looking hybrid bikes. Plus helmets, lights, bottles, bags, and 'Handlebar Heroes'. In readiness for the Olympics, they even launched a Union Jack range with Joanna Rowsell.

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Handlebar Heroes give your bike real horse power! (How cute is that!?)


Frog Bikes and South Wales

Initially, Frog Bikes were manufactured in China but this made it a) more difficult to control supply, and b) environmentally unfriendly in terms of the bikes' carbon footprint. The decision to relocate the process to the UK was good news for Torfaen as they chose to set up shop on the Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool, creating a bunch of new jobs.

I've had the date of the official opening in my diary for a while, as I knew I'd be standing in for the mayor. I also had it down as a family day so I turned up dressed down with Anthony and Marianna in tow - only to find everyone else in suits for a tour of the new offices and production line.

This is completely typical of my life, so it didn't even phase me. Marianna decided she didn't want to walk, and didn't want to go to Anthony, so he got to carry my handbag while I carried Marianna. (I think he's finally found his calling!) It was so cool to see how bikes are put together, and Marianna seemed transfixed by it all. Plus she got a piece of chocolate cake afterwards. :)

It's so great to see new businesses coming into the area, and bringing innovative products and ideas with them. You can get a look inside the factory yourself via THIS ITV news report.

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Check Out Frog Bikes

The bikes look awesome, and I hope Frog Bikes continues to go from strength to strength! Take a look at the Frog Bikes range for yourself at www.frogbikes.com. You can also connect with them on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

They also have competitions running every day until August 21st. Check it out!





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27 comments:

  1. We're thinking of getting T a "proper" bike for her birthday and I've never heard of Frog bikes, but will check them out :)

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    1. They look really good - I read some reviews after we visited, and they came out well for their price range too. x

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  2. These are really cute, I also need to make a gift soon, so I'll check too xx

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    1. They look really swank, don't they? :)

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  3. They look great, and the crank system sounds like a really helpful feature!

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  4. The frog bikes look like something my sister would like or it would be a great gift for any kiddies birthday!

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    1. They had some kids demonstrating them at the opening and they looked awesome!

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  5. I like the sound of the crank system, it sounds really useful x

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    1. They have a blog post on the site about how it all works too. x

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  6. Not heard of these before, but their bikes do look pretty awesome :) x

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  7. Have never heard of these before, we are thinking about getting a bike for our little boy soon as he is turning 4 in november so im glad I came across this article

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  8. The frog bikes are perfect for birthdays, my little niece would love it for sure. x

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  9. I will definitely keep these in mind for my little niece and perhaps when I have kids too :) thanks for sharing.

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  10. It's awesome that the business relocated. They sound like a great bike, one I'll be keeping an eye on

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    1. I know - mostly it just seems to be businesses closing these days!

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  11. These look like great bikes for children. I'm going to have a look at them, see if I can spot one for my nephew.

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    1. They're sold in a lot of independent bike shops, so you can go and try them out too. x

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  12. I need a new bike, as does Isaac - will look into these

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    1. They did well in the reviews I've seen for them.

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  13. I'll have to visit here. It's not far from us. Love the handlebars heroes. Never seen anything like them before x

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  14. They look great - and love how and why they've relocated. Plus that bell is pretty cool too. Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo

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    1. They have loads of cute stuff - fab for kids. :)

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