At some point during childhood, all kids will ask for a bike. Good quality bikes will last, and be more enjoyable to ride day in, day out, cheap bikes will rust faster and are usually much less comfortable meaning once the excitement of having a new bike wears off, it will end up unused in the shed. Knowing what one to pick can be daunting, that's where we come in, we have a range of bikes and a wonderful team ready to help you make the perfect choice.
Things to look for when buying a bike
Depending on the age of your child determines the size and type of bike that you need to buy. The starting bike is a balance bike, without pedals or breaks, this bike is controlled by the child's feet, these bikes teach them how to balance on two wheels, the first step in riding a bike! The next step up is moving onto bikes with brakes, pedals and stabilisers until their confident enough to go it alone! Once mastered the size of bikes with progress slowing as they get older until they start looking for mountain bikes or a BMX.
You need to make sure the bike is light, the lighter the better. Children fall off a lot when learning, so the bike needs to be light enough for them to pick up a lift off themselves too. Plus, you will end up having to carry the bike at some point once they've had enough!
The typical wheel sizes for kids bikes are 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, 20” and 24”. The general rule is the bugger the child the bigger the wheel. When going to buy a kids bike you need to measure their inside leg. Good bike companies will tell you the appropriate inseam length for their bikes. Make sure you get the right size, never size up, this is both uncomfortable for the child and dangerous.
Once you have found the bike you’re going to buy, its time to accessorise! There are a range of accessories available for kids bikes including bells, name stickers, lights, tassels, baskets and of course helmets. Helmets, lights and bells are important for bike safety as well.