A brief history of Big Brother's riding experience: he started out in a single Chariot trailer, followed with a double when his brother came along. Once we got the Mundo, he was a much more involved passenger. His first "real" bike was his Strider where he learned to tear up the sidewalk.
But then we found Isla Bikes! They have a US distributer in Portland, OR where we were planning on going around Big Brother's birthday anyway so we set up an appointment to test out the CNOC 16. Sadly, Big Brother got sick while we were in Portland so Little Brother helped me check out the bikes instead.
However, the second I walked into the showroom, I knew we were going to be getting an Isla Bike. Tim was a great help and explained the sizing and features of the bikes, as well as all the options. Big Brother would fit on the CNOC 16 and we could outfit it with fenders for year-round riding. This bike didn't fit a kickstand, bottle cages, or a rack, though. Tim assumed that he'd be able to fit this bike for about 1.5-2 years, as the bikes are made proportionally to children's rapid growth. Isla Bikes wants to ensure your child's comfort and appropriately sized bike. Their bikes are sized 1 year old+, 2 year old+, 3 year old+, etc but designed to overlap so you can skip a bike once your child has outgrown their current ride. The next bike Big Brother should fit is the Beinn 20 Large which has rim brakes, 7 speeds, and can be fully customized with all the awesome goodies like kickstands, racks, fenders, and bottle cages. It can even be kitted out as a hybrid, mountain, or road bike.
Tim said the bike would be ready for us to pick up on our way home the next day and as long as it fit in the car (if it didn't, G'ampa would be taking the train back) Big Brother would have his new bike!