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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cleary Gecko. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

9 reasons to buy

  • The Cleary Gecko is a 12” pedal bike for children as young as 2.5 years old.
  • The bike has dual child-sized handbrakes that testers found easy to operate.
  • Experts were impressed that the seat post could be turned to put riders in a more upright riding position for greater stability and control on the bike.
  • The Gecko is lightweight for a children’s pedal bike. It weighs in at 15.1 lbs.
  • Cleary offers a shorter seat post than the stock seat post. This allows children with an inseam as short as 15” to ride the bike.
  • Test riders were thrilled to discover that the Gecko has a freewheel hub instead of a coaster brake.
  • Users found the seat of the bike to be extremely comfortable.
  • The Gecko has a durable steel frame.
  • Cleary's lifetime warranty ensures that the Gecko will be passed from child to child, lasting a family for many years.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Cleary Gecko is more expensive than many other children’s bikes of its size.
  • The bike’s handlebars are flat. Experts state that bars with a rise would allow taller children to utilize the bike longer, before upgrading to a bigger bike.
  • The tires on the Gekko are best for smooth, paved trails. Testers suggest swapping these for knobbier tires if the rider intends to ride singletrack.
  • The bike does not come with training wheels.
  • Cleary does not include a kickstand with the Gecko.

Bottom line

The Cleary Gecko is designed for the smallest pedal bike riders. It has a durable and light steel frame. The bike can accommodate riders with a short inseam of 15”. Features, such as child-sized dual handbrakes and a freehub, make the Gecko an outstanding choice for young riders. However, experts note the bike needs knobbier tires for off-road adventures.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Two Wheeling Tots

Cleary Gecko Review

The smallest and best 12 inch bike on the market, the Cleary Gecko offers a great ride, but kids quickly outgrow it.

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Rascal Rides

Cleary Gecko 12 Inch Kids Bike Review

It’s a 12” pedal bike, designed for the very smallest riders.

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Cleary Gecko Kids Mountain Bike First Overview Review

This has the handbrakes, which are fantastic.

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User Ratings

95/100 based on 42 ratings
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