The closest thing you had to an AFL bike when I was a kid came from grabbing a footy card and a peg, then connecting them to the back of the bike so you could pretend you had a motorbike.
Not the case today, the AFL is becoming as effective a marketing machine as Disney (coincidentally they make kids bikes as well).
Don’t think the AFL have just stuck team colours on a dodgy bike, an AFL Bike of that quality would hurt the brand almost as much as some of the antics of their players.
The bikes are made by Lifespan Leisure and Fitness who are more well known for exercise bikes. They have made the AFL bikes with durability and ergonomics in mind. And it shows in the quality of the bikes.
They were also designed specifically for kids and youth, and feature lightweight alloy components and Shimano gearing.
The AFL bikes come in three sizes, 16 inch for four to six-year-olds, 20 inch for six to eight-year-olds, and 24 inch for eight to eleven-year-olds. Sadly there is not a size for those of us aged 20 plus.
If your kids love footy, and want a new bike, well you can’t really go wrong with an AFL Bike, just don’t buy a Collingwood one, it will almost certainly get nicked.
Reveiw by By Daniel Hoy