What you need to know before buying a kid's bike

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What you need to know before buying a kid's bike

Your kids are finally old enough to ride a bicycle, and this is an exciting adventure for any parent. However, in the beginning, you will have to be patient when teaching your little one how to ride. The learning stages will be filled with a lot of bumpy knocks and cries.

Your child’s first bike will become one of the most monumental phases of their lives, and they will cherish these memories for years to come. But before you go ahead and make that purchase, you need to know how to choose a bike that will suit your child. If you thought choosing an adult size bike is hard, wait until you start shopping for bicycles for kids. Children are picky, and besides finding the correct bike, with the accurate wheel size and the essential accessories, you will also have to ensure that they like the colour of the bike. Otherwise, you stand the chance of witnessing an outburst.

When looking for a kid’s bike, make sure that it is light in weight. The weight will largely depend on the bike’s size and the material that is made out of. The bicycle will have to endure a few crashes, so avoid choosing a bike that will be difficult for them to manoeuvre.

Below is a list of everything you need to know when buying your child’s bike.


Bicycle sizes

There’s a science behind choosing the perfect bike size. Unlike adult bicycles that are measured according to the bike frame, children’s bike sizes are typically measured according to the wheel size. This is a step you don’t want to miss. These bike sizes range from 10 inches up to 26 inches. So, don’t assume that your child will “grow into” a bicycle and buy a slightly bigger size. The bicycle you purchase needs to be measured according to their current size, and once your child grows older, you will need to invest in another.


Bicycle wheels

The wheels are the most important element on a bicycle. Measure your child’s height to get the perfect bike wheel size. Make use of a bicycle size chart if you are uncertain. And if you don’t know how to measure your child, the shop assistants are always willing to help.

Now, the next question is whether to add training wheels and a kickstand. Depending on how much experience your child has, you will need to make the decision. If it’s your child’s very first bike, you will need to add training wheels for their safety. If, on the other hand, they’ve ridden a bike before and are trying to gain more experience, forget them.

A bike cannot have both training wheels and a kickstand at the same time. You child will have to learn how to ride with training wheels before they progress to kickstands.


Gears and shifts

Unless your child has reached a 20-inch wheel size, don’t worry about gears and shifts. Well, not yet at least. These add-on features will confuse your child, and it’s important that you give them the confidence they need during the training stages. Many gear shifts are difficult to operate; ideally, by the time they reach a 20-inch wheel, they will be able to navigate it to ride uphill and downhill.



Choosing the perfect brakes may be a difficult task, but make sure they are small enough your young one’s tiny hands. Many parents go for coaster brakes when their child is still a beginner rider. But with coaster brakes, it will be impossible for your child to peddle back, and your child’s ability to ride efficiently will be restricted.

When choosing brakes, make sure that they are easy to pull, and reach for your kid. It is always advised to start your kid off with handbrakes. This will make a smooth transition from handbrakes to an adult pedal bike.


Training your kid

Some children are inquisitive and eager to try out every activity presented to them, while others are shy and afraid. It is; therefore, important that you build their self-esteem and confidence. Riding a bicycle for the first time can be overwhelming for our young ones. Teach them how to trust themselves and to be confident enough to attempt riding all on their own. Teach them how to centre themselves, and the best approach to have control over the bicycle. 


Final thoughts

The height of your child and their age is the determining factor when choosing the perfect bike. Make sure that you choose a sturdy frame that will guarantee safety when bumping into objects. Sit your child down on the saddle and have them place both feet flat on the ground to ensure they are comfortable with the height of the handlebars. Build a relationship with the bike store representative and have them explain more complex work, such as assembling support wheels, adjusting the brakes and tensioning the chains.

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