Top tips to get your kids cycling without being saddled with big bills

CYCLE your way to some big savings this week.

It’s National Bike To School Week, to encourage kids to start pedalling to improve their health as well as the planet’s.

But if you’re put off by the cost of cycling, here’s how to avoid being saddled with big bills.

BARGAIN BIKES: Getting the actual bike is the big-hitter in cost terms but I recently discovered sports store chain Decathlon’s Second Life bikes.

These used bikes are prevented from going to waste by Decathlon’s team of experts, who fully refurbish them. Not only does this increase their lifespan and save precious raw materials, but prices are also reduced by up to 40 per cent and still carry the same warranty as a new bike.

Visit where I saw age 6-9 bikes for as little as £83.99. A steal.

GROW ’N’ GO: Regularly buying a new bike as kids get bigger is not an option for most, but there is a new alternative. is a subscription service that lets you pay for your children’s bikes as they use them, instead of having to shell out upfront. It costs around £5 to £15 a month, or up to £30 for specialist bikes.

When your child grows out of the bike, you can simply exchange it for a bigger one. If you don’t need it any more, you can return the bike and cancel your subscription for £29.99.

KIT HITS: Lidl has a range of cycling essentials at ridiculously low prices and they’re in-store now. The collection includes a bike helmet for £9.99, a 20-litre cycling rucksack for £9.99 and, for adults, a memory foam saddle cover for £4.99 for a safe and comfortable ride. These are such good value.

GET IN GEAR: For cycling clothing head to George at Asda, which has two-packs of kids’ cycling shorts for £3.

Or go to, where I found junior reflective cycling jackets that are usually £44.99 for just £17.99.

At Halfords I saw sale helmets for £14.99, while Argos has handy packs of safety pads for under £15.

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HEADING abroad? Pick up this Kitsch 11-piece travel bottle set instead of using expensive tiny toiletries. Was £10, now £8 at Boots.

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Cheap treat

DELICIOUS Naudin Chablis is down from £10 to £8 at Co-op.

SAVE: £2

What’s new?

PICK up a new outfit at Tesco and get 25 per cent off F&F clothing until the end of today when you flash your Tesco Clubcard. It takes these children’s floral trainers from £8 to £6, which is great deal.

Top swap

TRANSFORM your kitchen or hall with snazzy floor tile stickers. This monochrome design in a ten-pack is £14 at Dunelm. But has a pack of 11 for £5.99.

SAVE: £8.01

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PERCY Pig is taking over for Christmas at M&S. Put the new Melting Choc Percy or Percy Choc Corn in your basket before they sell out.

Also, the M&S light-up snow globe gin bottles have been spotted in stores already. If you want one, buy now before they disappear.

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