Kids Bike Buying Guide


KIDS BIKES BUYING GUIDE

Getting kids into cycling is not only rewarding, it’s a lot of fun too. Start them young with a bike that fits well and provides them with heaps of enjoyment and they are bound to grow up to love bikes just as much as you do! But with so many different kids bikes available on the market, choosing the right bike for your child can be a bit confusing, so here are some tips to help you get them rolling...


Things to Look Out For When Buying Kids Bikes

 

SIZE

Making sure your child has the right sized bike for them is crucial to their enjoyment and safety on the bike. Riding a bike that is too big or too small will leave them feeling out of control and frustrated. They may grow quickly, but riding a bike that fits well will give them so much more fun and spur them on to embrace life on two wheels.

 

Kids bike sizes are based on the wheel diameter rather than the frame height. Here is a rough guide to help you decide which size will best suit your child, but the easiest way to find the best fit is to get them to try out a few different models in store. 

Wheel size

 

12"

14"

16"

20"

24"

Age

 

2-4 years

3-5 years

4-6 years

6-8 years

8-11 years

Height

 

92-104cm

98-110cm

104-116cm

116-128cm

128-148cm

NB: These figures are to be used as guidelines. We recommend you visit one of our stores for the best fit.

 

 

FIT

Once you have a rough size guide, make sure that the overall fit of the bike is good too. The child should be able to comfortably stand over the bike frame with good clearance. They should also be able to reach the pedals and handlebars when sitting on the saddle without too much stretch. 

 

 

WEIGHT

Most modern kids bikes are made from lightweight aluminium. Although they will be more interested in the colour of the bike and the stickers on the frame, making sure that the bike is light enough for them to steer and move around with ease is important to building their confidence on the bike.

 

 

VERSATILITY

As a general rule of thumb, most kids will use their bike for lots of different purposes whether it’s a family day out on the cycle paths or around your local trails, riding to school or popping off to visit a friend, so making sure they have a bike that can cope with lots of different surfaces is usually a good idea.

 

 

COLOUR

Whilst you might not care much for the look of the bike, to your child it will mean everything. Getting a bike that they love the look of whether it’s the colour, the frame graphics, cool handlebar grips or streamers, finding a bike that they want to show off will probably encourage them to get out on it more often.

 

 

Types of Kids Bikes

 

 

BALANCE BIKES (2-5 years)

These toddler friendly bikes, known as balance bikes or runner bikes, are a great way for children to learn how to balance and have fun on two wheels for the first time. Without the worry of learning how to pedal or brake at the same time, they can concentrate on their balance, coordination and control. 

 

 

16" WHEEL BIKES (4-6 years)

On the small wheel entry level bikes things are kept simple with a single gear, v brakes and a good and sturdy upright geometry. These bikes are designed to introduce your child to the joy of riding in a fun but safe way with good stability and easy to use components. 

 

 

20-24" WHEEL BIKES (6-11 years)

As you move into the larger 20-24” wheel bracket, the bikes start to become a little more advanced with the introduction of disk brakes, a range of gears and suspension in some cases. But take care to choose a bike with functionality in mind; don’t pay for unnecessary features like suspension if they don’t really need it as it will only add extra weight to the bike.

Most modern kids bikes are made from lightweight aluminium. Although they will be more interested in the colour of the bike and the stickers on the frame, making sure that the bike is light enough for them to steer and move around with ease is important to building their confidence on the bike.

 

 

Need Extra Advice on Kids Bikes? We're Here to Help

 

Finding the perfect bike for your child can be a bit of a minefield. But don’t worry, our expert bike gurus are on hand to help you. Simply pop into one of our Cycle Surgery stores for more advice on the different kids bikes available, and if you bring your littl’ns along with you, they can try a few models for size too.