Here's a long overdue discussion of the Electra Sprocket 1 bike and Giro Scamp MIPS helmet. We picked these items up as early birthday presents for our now-4-year-old daughter.
She warmed up to both nearly instantly, but then mysteriously stopped riding. She retreated to her balance bike, which she rode in the house and front driveway.
Just as mysteriously, she took to the Electra Sprocket 1 last week. She has logged at least three miles a day since then. She puts her helmet on, turns her bike lights on and hits the bike lanes and paths with us. (Shrugs) Kids are mysterious.
Introducing the Electra Sprocket 1 Bike and Giro Scamp MIPS Helmet
We bought the bike and helmet at REI. First off, we get member dividends. Second, they had them in stock. Two big points there.
REI offers no shortage of options for kids. Bike manufacturers largely put some aggressive gender markings on bikes. But Electra's seafoam green looks a lot like the classic, classy Bianchi celeste green. It caught our little person's eye, and it seemed to just fit her body. You're looking at about $270 for an Electra Sprocket 1.
Giro is also kind enough to offer some neutral colors that don't require us to completely pinkify our offspring. She likes a bit of color, but doesn't go for the head-to-toe bubblegum look. The Scamp comes in a regular version, as well as a model upgraded with MIPS technology. This is supposed to be a safer helmet that protects from rotational stress to the head. It was only $40, so it was a no-brainer.
Spinning the Electra Sprocket 1
Our little person is about 40 inches tall. I can't remember her weight. But whatever it is, she has more than enough muscle to handle the Electra Sprocket 1. She has already started hopping off curbs, riding up switchbacked access ramps and threading the needle through obstacles.
She can also climb some steep grades, and is adept at standing up out of the saddle. The Sprocket 1 doesn't hold her back.
What About That Lid?
Well, we haven't had to put the Giro Scamp MIPS to the test. I'm OK with that. But she has no trouble putting it on. She could be a bit better with taking it off, though. The clasp is a bit of a challenge for small people still developing hand strength and coordination.
That will come soon, though. She has the rest of this bicycling thing well under control, so the clasp on her helmet won't elude her for long.
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