New Take On Kid-Size Bikes

Pello Bikes founder Shane Cusick bought a bike for his son from a local shop. It weighed nearly 20 pounds, half his son’s body weight.


Think about it. That would be like an adult riding an 80-pound bike. “The bike was expensive, heavy and comprised of low-quality components,” he said.

That epiphany led Cusick to start a company, Pello Bikes, which this month is looking for support on Kickstarter to launch a higher-quality kid line.

The company’s vision is to create models to accommodate children from ages 1 – 18. Four models are currently in development.


What makes them different? Pello notes lightweight construction, better frame geometry for kid riders, and quality parts from known components brands like Cane Creek, Kenda Tires, TekTro, and SRAM.

Narrower handlebars were a conscious design choice. See the image above.

Ease of assembly is another hallmark. The bikes come 90% assembled and include a multi-tool that provides almost everything you need to adjust and put together the ride.

Four models in Pello line

Take a look at the company’s fund-raising page. The models start at $249 for a better kid-bike experience.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.