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Where to buy kids bikes online
Choosing the right bike will help your child to learn quickly and enjoy cycling.
Keen to get your little ones out and about enjoying the fresh air? Whether they’re learning or have mastered the skill of riding a bike without stabilisers, this guide can help you choose the perfect set of wheels for your kids.
We’ll take you through the different types of kids’ bikes on offer, the best places to shop for them and what you should consider when making a purchase.
Choosing a bike
The most important things to consider when choosing a bike for your child are:
- Size. Unlike adult bikes, children’s bikes are sized by the diameter of the wheels. The best way to find the best size bike for your child is, of course, to have them try it out before you buy, but if this isn’t a practical option you can follow the general guidelines for their age and height. Choosing a bike that’s too big in the hope that your child will grow into it can be risky – a bike that’s too heavy or large will be uncomfortable and harder to control.
- Weight. Often the cheapest kids’ bikes use heavier materials, so if you’re trying to grab a bargain make sure it won’t hinder your child’s riding. An overly heavy bike is difficult to manoeuvre and often distressing for a child,
as it can represent a significant proportion of their own body weight. Try to find a bike that’s robust, but not too weighty.
- Durability. Again, particularly important if you’re economising. Buying the cheapest bike on offer might seem like a good idea initially, but it will cost you in maintenance over time and may fall apart all together. Spending a little bit extra for a bike made with high-quality parts will ensure that your child can keep riding until they grow out of it and could even make for a hand-me-down for a younger sibling.
Kids bike sizing guide
What’s a balance bike?
If you’re buying for a child between 2 and 4 years old, you’ll probably want to start them off on a balance bike. These 12-inch wheel bikes come without pedals, so your child can move along with their feet while learning to balance and steer.
Balance bikes are often used as an alternative to stabilisers, which serve the same purpose by removing the need for your child to actively balance.
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