HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR KIDS BIKE From toddlers to teens, choosing a kids' bike means thinking about balance, learning, size, safety and comfort. And, of course, fun… If you’re starting from scratch, you should choose your kids’ bike with their age and height in mind. Then, think about how they’ll use it – with you in the city, around your condo, or within the village community, perhaps?
Your child’s age and experience Whether it's a balance bike , one with stabilisers , or your child's first mountain bike , there's a bike for every age. And starting them early is the best way to build confidence and inspire a lifelong love of cycling. Children can start learning to ride a balance bike (which is just a bike without wheels) from the age of two. In order to learn to ride ‘like a grown-up’, kids between the ages of three and five can use bikes with stabilisers (12 and 14 inches) and balance bikes that can then be converted once they’re ready.
The child's height Besides your child's age, size is a major factor when choosing his/her bike. Kids need to feel at ease on their bike so it’s important that you don’t start them off with a bigger bike in the hope of getting more years out of it. Bike sizes are given in inches (from 12 to 24) and correspond with the diameter of the wheels. Here’s a guide to the type and size of bike your budding cyclist will need, depending on their height:
- Between 85cm and 1m: 12" / balance bikes
- Between 90cm and 1.05m: 14-inch bike
- Between 1.05m and 1.20m: 16-inch bike
- Between 1.20m and 1.35m: 20-inch bike
- Between 1.35m and 1.55m: 24-inch bike
The usage of the bike From the age of six, kids start using their bikes differently, so you’ll need to start looking at more specific designs like hybrid, or mountain bikes. There are different kinds of hybrid bike available depending on whether your child cycles in cities or in the countryside, and they boast features such as a low step through, accessories such as a basket or pannier, and a comfy saddle and mudguards for long journeys and potentially muddy terrain. However, if most of your kid’s rides will be on slightly rougher terrain, you should consider a mountain bike.