Kids Bikes for both Boys and Girls
Kid’s Bikes come in a variety of types. From toddlers through teens, children’s bikes are all about getting your child into cycling as a healthy hobby for life.
Balance bikes to give children their first taste of cycling.
Kids bikes for young teens can be mini racers or scaled-down MTB.
How to Choose
Children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size, which are normally 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″. Make sure that your child can stand over the top tube of the bike with both feet planted on the ground. He should feel comfortable and in control of the bike at all times.
It is not recommended that you buy a bike that is too large for a child and then have her “grow into it.” Doing so can set the child back in terms of riding skills and confidence. A properly sized bike will be easier for kids to handle, less dangerous and a lot more fun. And don’t forget the helmet!
These are bikes in their simplest form—no pedals or chain, just wheels and a frame. As children walk or coast along on their balance bikes, their feet act as their brakes. This helps teach 2- to 5-year-olds how to coordinate steering and balance.
Training Wheel Bikes
Bikes with training wheels can give children the confidence boost needed so they can start riding on their own. Once the confidence is there, the training wheels can be removed..
A trailer bike allows your child to pedal and feel independent, though he or she is still relying on you for balance and control. This single-wheel bike attaches to your bike and can pivot for turning. A trailer bike is generally good for 4- to 7-year-olds. It also allows you to cycle farther than your child’s stamina might otherwise allow.
Kids’ Road Bikes
Kids’ road bikes range from bikes with flat bars and upright riding positions to small versions of adult road bikes with drop-bar handlebars that put your child in a more aerodynamic riding position.
The choice is yours depending on the use of the bike.
Kids’ Cruiser Bikes
These simple bikes focus on fun with catchy graphics and flashy colours. Kids’ cruisers feature wide balloon tires for stability and traction, a simple single-speed gearing coaster brakes, comfy seating and durable steel frames
Kids’ BMX Bikes
Originally designed for racing over jumps and around banked turns in the dirt, BMX bikes are now popular for everything from around-town riding to doing tricks at the local park. BMX bikes come with knobby tires and lightweight frames..
Kids’ mountain bikes typically have 24″ wheels, compared to the larger 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ wheels found on adult bikes. Most are less-expensive versions of adult bikes with simpler components and only front suspension forks. Suspension forks absorb bumps in the trail, which helps reduce hand and arm fatigue when riding.
Generally speaking, kids’ mountain bikes suit children ages 10 to 13, but this depends on the size of the child rather than the age.