Designed with the kid in mind, these bikes are helping kids get into cycling.
Jerry Lawson, "Chief Frog" at Frog Bikes, gives us some insight on how the company has revolutionized the design and manufacturing of kids' bikes.
This week’s guest owns a company that has been named the "Official Kids’ Bike of USA Cycling" through 2020. This British company specializes in offering lightweight kids' road and mountain bikes, and launched in the U.S. market last year, selling exclusively through independent bike dealers.
Frankly, as a dad of three boys, one of which is an eager young triathlete, it seems like they solve a lot of problems for me personally and a lot of other active families can probably relate.
Jerry Lawson, "Chief Frog" at Frog Bikes, shares how the company started to design with the kid in mind.
Jerry graduated from The University of Sheffield with a degree in Economics and Statistics. He spent the first 20 years of his career honing his commercial skills at large retailers, including Tesco, Amazon and John Lewis, where he created new product ranges, worked closely with global suppliers and developed the strategy for new business units.
Throughout his life, Jerry has also been an enthusiastic participant of cycling and multi-sport events, with numerous long-distance cycling events, triathlons, Ironmans, and 13 marathons to his name.
He eventually combined his experience from many roles involving sales and business development with his enthusiasm for cycling and became "Chief Frog" at Frog Bikes, where he oversees the whole business, manages business development, and has a particular focus on bike design.
After spending time competing in the industry, Jerry's perspective changed when he had kids. He and his wife wanted their kids to be involved in cycling but as they looked at bikes, they realized how expensive and heavy the options were for kids, and how much that didn't work for young cyclists. This inspired the start of Frog Bikes.
A serendipitous meeting with a friend kick started the innovation behind the design of Frog Bikes. This friend actually got his PhD studying kids on bikes and the differences in biomechanics of a child versus an adult.
They actually ran (and continue to run) a study to get a complete understanding of those differences and learned critical insights about the way a child prefers to ride and sit on a bike. Through constant research, Frog Bikes has continued to innovate and create bikes that are 100% designed with kids in mind.
From the height of the seat to the angle of the pedals to the design of the handles, everything Frog Bikes produces is designed to help kids get the most out of their bike and set them up for future health in cycling, and its all scientifically backed.
That's it for this episode wrapper of The Triathlon BizCast. To hear even more interesting details about the science behind Frog Bikes and how they work to get families at levels involved in the sport, be sure to listen to Jerry's episode!
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