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Joanna Rowsell Shand presents Frog Bike

Christmas came early for a schoolgirl from Chester this week after she was presented with a new bike by Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand.

Frog-17 (1)Isobel Dunne, nine, from Upton, won a Union Jack branded Frog Bike signed by Joanna after her mum Jane entered her in a competition run by Frog Bikes.

“She couldn’t believe it when I told her she’d won a bike,” said Jane. She has a Frog bike already but she’s grown out of it so it’s come at just the right time!”

“She was thrilled when she won but she was more excited about meeting Joanna because she’d seen her on the telly during the Olympics.”

Joanna, who won gold medals for team pursuit at both London and Rio, met Isobel with her family – 11-year-old sister Hannah, mum Jane and dad Richard – and friends at Sixty Nine Cycles in Lightfoot Street, Hoole, on Tuesday.

After meeting Joanna and posing for photographs wearing her gold medals, Isobel said: “She was really nice. I always wanted to meet an Olympian because my dream is to go to the Olympics.”

She said, “They’re letting her have the bike before Christmas so I think she’s pretty happy about that! She told me they do a lot of cycling as a family, which I think is probably the best way of getting started.”

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Asked about her responsibilities as a role model, she added: “I’ve seen it as a responsibility to try and set a good example, get more people into sport, especially girls and young women. So it’s interesting hearing what is holding people back from getting into cycling or a different sport, and then hopefully helping them to address that.”

Nick Moores of Sixty Nine Cycles was a delighted host and commented: “Any way to engage children with an energetic, outdoor and active lifestyle from as early an age as possible is fantastic! A lot of our first experiences on bicycles are with bikes that are too heavy, with no brakes, with poor pedals, and all these other things which make them very uncomfortable and not a nice experience. Frog Bikes now empower kids to have a really good experience, I wish I was a kid now!”

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FROG BIKES OPENS NEW FACTORY IN PONTYPOOL

***Frog Bikes celebrates the opening of a new factory in South Wales with £1.7 million of funding from HSBC and support from the Welsh Government***

***Factory will create up to 50 local jobs***
Frog Bikes factory in Pontypool official opening - 15th August 2016
On Monday 15 August Frog Bikes, the makers of lightweight children’s bicycles, celebrated the opening of its new factory in South Wales. The Frog team were joined by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Lynne Neagle AM, local bike stores, and representatives from HSBC and the Welsh Government who have been so supportive of the new venture.

Visitors were able to meet the assembly team, and see first-hand how the lightweight bikes are made.  From threading spokes into wheel hubs, truing the wheels, adding brakes, gears, cables, handlebars and saddles, right through to the final checks before bikes are boxed and go out to stores  –  there are over 120 different component parts to each bicycle!  Some of Frog’s latest models were on display as well, including the Team Sky range and – new for 2016 – the Union Jack design supported by double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell-Shand.

The 120,000 sq ft site in Mamhilad Park Estate, Pontypool is Frog’s first manufacturing facility in the UK and will lead to the creation of up to 50 new jobs over the next few years.  With ambitions to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Frog uses low voltage lighting, electricity from renewable sources, and is developing novel reusable and low carbon packaging.

Jerry Lawson, Co-founder of Frog Bikes said: “We are absolutely delighted to celebrate the factory opening today.  It will enable us to be more responsive to the market, have more control over quality, introduce innovations faster, reduce our environmental footprint, and create jobs to benefit the local economy. There were times during 2015 when we couldn’t keep up with demand, and customers were left disappointed. We recognised that the time had come to re-shore our production model.”

Mark Emmerson, Head of Global Trade & Receivable Finance for HSBC UK, said: “Throughout HSBC’s partnership with Frog Bikes, we’ve been delighted to provide tailored funding and guidance to support Shelley and Jerry’s ambition to launch the UK production of their bikes. Frog Bikes is an outstanding example of an entrepreneurial business evolving to meet the needs of its customers, as well as looking for solutions to support the local economy. It’s fantastic to now see the project reach completion and we have no doubt that the new facility will support the company’s continued growth.”

Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates said: “I am delighted Frog Bikes – a highly innovative and specialist business – chose to locate its first manufacturing facility in Wales. The company is a very welcome addition to our advanced materials and manufacturing sector and I am pleased Welsh Government support will help create a significant number of new jobs. I wish the company every success in the future as it grows the business in Wales.”

Our Frog Road 58 Is Put To The Test

Cycle Sprog’s 7 year old recruit puts our Frog Road 58 through its paces!

“If road cycling or cyclo-cross is a kid’s chosen sport, or they are just desperate to get a bike with drop handlebars, then the Frog Road 58 is probably the best bike on the market.”

“You can always get a good feeling for a bike by how well it’s received by the children that are going to ride it. The Frog Road 58 has been very, very popular with reviewer T. He’s really enjoyed riding a bike with drop handlebars at long last, and having the cyclocross setup and tyres has meant he’s tackled routes on it that he might not have done on a standard road bike.

In terms of quality, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Frog Bikes – well built, looks good, rides well and is priced accordingly. Plus there’s the added exclusivity factor due to the lack of drop handlebar bikes for this age group.

I know that some say drop bars are not suitable at this age (and the lack of 20″ bikes proves that other manufactures may feel there isn’t a market). Well, if T and his reaction to the Frog 58 are anything to go by, I’d be looking to review that thought – he’s not stopped asking to ride the bike since it arrived for review!

The Frog Road 58 is that rare beast – a drop handlebar kids bike with 20″ wheels. It delivers fun in spades and is recommended for your budding road racers and cyclo-cross riders.”

To read the full review, please click here>

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Frog Bikes in top 10 of Startups100 index

We’re delighted to be included in the annual list of top Startup companies Startups100 index 2016, ranking at number 8!

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It’s a real honour to be listed alongside some of our favourite startups such as AppearHere and Bizzby as well as previous winners such as PurpleBricks.

Here are the criteria we were judged on:-

An innovative proposition – whether that’s disrupting a stagnant market with a new twist or (increasingly rare these days) a brand new and original product or tech

Impressive founders – from young founders with incredible drive to experienced entrepreneurs with a stellar track record

Employee numbers – we’re looking for businesses that can truly scale and make a positive contribution to the UK economy

Funds raised – although we’re also impressed by lean businesses that have grown organically

Traction to date – it’s not all about the numbers but they certainly help. Impressive turnovers, and even better profits, are a great indicator of early success

Potential – this is crucial. While traction is important we’re not afraid to back early-stage firms that we feel could be the winners of tomorrow…

Global ambition – we want businesses that aren’t afraid to dream big

Click on the image below to learn more.

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Breakaway Leads To Narrow Miss For Frog Bike’s Gracie Fox

After what seemed like months of waiting, the 2016 Southern XC Mountain Bike Season has Gracie at the startarrived and it all kicked off at Black Park near Slough on the 20th March. Riding in the Under 9s category for her final season in this age group, Frog Bikes rider Gracie Fox was eager to pick up where she left off at the end of last season and go for her 9th Southern XC victory.

Racing conditions were perfect. Following a slight sprinkle of rain over night the course was in fine form and ready for some exciting racing in the children’s categories.

Gracie was positioned at the front of the grid, nestled in with many boys and girls all nervously waiting for ‘the whistle’ to sound. The start was electric as all of the young racers jostled for a good position leading in to the first section of single-track. Gracie heads offHanging on to the back wheel of one of the fast starting boys Gracie found herself in 2nd place and in touching distance of Erin Loveless (Hillingdon Slipstreamers). Both riders were joined by Katie Allsop (Summit MTB) as the trio set upon working together and building a gap on the chasing riders.

 

Crossing the line to begin their last lap, 3 seconds separated the trio with Gracie moving in to 2nd place before entering the single track for the final time. Katie and Gracie exchanged places several times during the final lap and with Gracie now in 3rd place and gearing herself up for a sprint finish with 50 metres to go, disaster struck! Katie and Gracie were wheel-to-wheel heading through the final twist and turns of the course when both Katie and Gracie crashed at the same time. Katie was lucky enough to get away but for Gracie, her bike was tangled which allowed 4th place rider Orla Barrowcliffe (Summit MTB) to catch up resulting in 4th place for Gracie on the day.

2016 will be Gracie’s 4th year of racing Mountain Bikes and her 3rd season of being supported by Frog Bikes. What has really become apparent is the levels of ability in all of the children that are now arriving at the start line. The children all look like young professional riders who all enjoy riding their bikes very fast!! It’s great to watch and can only be a good thing for the future of women’s Mountain Bike Racing. Congratulations to all the girls who took part but a special Well Done to Frog Bikes very own Gracie Fox….it’s great to see you back!!

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Joanna Rowsell launches new Union Jack Bikes at Lee Valley Velodrome

Fresh from her medal winning performance in the Track World Championships, Olympic Champion Joanna Rowsell returned to Lee Valley to launch the new Union Jack Bikes range of Frog bikes.

To help celebrate was a whole class from the local nursery and assorted stockists, customers and well wishers.  The kids loved the bikes which were soon at the centre of a good-natured scrum. Joanna conducted an impromptu medal ceremony for the delighted kids and then took to the track with the adults and teenagers.

The bikes, which cover the full range from balance bikes through to hybrids will be among those assembled at Frog’s new factory in Wales.  Each bike carries Joanna’s signature and is available from Frog Stockists today.

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