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Kids Bike Overview

Kids bikes are some of the most sold bikes on the bicycle market, a huge range of manufacturers produces kids bikes in an even greater range of shapes, sizes and colours. Youth bikes also vary quite a lot in quality and price so looking for a kids bike can become daunting. There a few simple guidelines to follow when  buying a kids bike. The first the "size," it is imperative for a Childs bike to fit properly for safety, comfort and enjoyment. The second is bike quality, buying a bike from an unknown manufacturer with no warranty that is super cheap can be risky and unsafe. The last part is the best part, choosing a colour and style. Because there is such a large selection of kids bikes on the market choosing a bike that your child likes should not be difficult.

Tips on Buying the Right Kids Size Bike

First and foremost, make sure the bike is safe. Buying from well known brands with good safety standards is an excellent way to minimise this risk. Take into account that the child needs to be able to reach the handle bar controls without stretching in order to safely operate the brakes. The child should be able to touch the tips of their toes on the ground when seated. Generally kids bikes are measured by their wheel size, a 20” bike should have 20” wheels. Though there are no strict rules around buying kids bikes we recommend the following size guide for the respective age.

12" Wheel Kids Bike

  • Suitable for ages 3 to 5
12''Wheel Kids Bike

16" Wheel Kids Bike

  • Suitable for ages 5 to 8
16''Wheel Kids Bike

20" Wheel Kids Bike

  • Suitable for ages 7 to 10
20''Wheel Kids Bike

24" Wheel Kids Bike

  • Suitable for ages 9 to 12
24''Wheel Kids Bike

26" Wheel Kids Bike

  • Suitable for ages 12+

26''Wheel Kids Bike

 

Buy a Bike From a Trusted Kids Brand

Most of the time when buying a bike, brand choice often depends on your budget. Generally speaking better brands are safer, more comfortable and reliable.

 

Safety Vs Value When Buying a Kids Bike

Usually people are concerned with two things when buying a kids bike. One, that the bike allows room for the child to grow and two that you get maximum value for money. Unfortunately these two concerns don’t always  go hand in hand, buying a bike that is too large for a child can be intimidating and dangerous resulting in the child not enjoying riding and not using it. Try to always choose the appropriate bike based on its fit not on its price tag!

 

Starting Out on a New Kids Bike

Training wheels are a great way for a child to get used to balancing on two wheels. The smallest bike that you can buy for a child (12” bike) generally comes equipped with training wheels. You can however attach training wheels to larger bikes.

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