Most of us remember getting our first bike (probably with stabilisers) and how great it felt to explore and discover new places with our friends.
You want their first bike to be perfect, so to help you, we've put together this kids bike guide covering sizing and a few key tips to ensure you make the right choice. Give them a love of cycling for life and inspire healthy habits they can take into adulthood.
How to choose the right size bike?
Choosing the right size bike for your child is the most important thing.
Kids bikes are sized by their wheel diameter and range from 10" to 24".
The easiest way to get the correct size for your child is by measuring their height and checking our size chart.
For adult bike sizing info see our bike sizing guide.
Golden rule: Choose a bike that fits
Avoid buying a bike which is too big for them with hopes they will 'grow into' the frame. It will be too heavy for them, difficult to ride and potentially dangerous to use – and safety is key.
You want them to easily reach the floor and pedals, and have full control of the handlebar and brakes.
A larger bike will be heavier and harder to manoeuvre, which is less fun to ride. Enjoyment is the determining factor that will get your kids to love cycling.
Remember, you can always hand down bikes to younger siblings once they've outgrown their bike, or simply sell them on.
Types of kids bikes
Buy the best bike you can afford
It's worth choosing your budget carefully and buying the best bike your budget allows. Why? It all comes down to weight. Kids bikes can be very heavy with cheaper options made from steel. Weight matters more so on a kids bike than on an adult bike because children as smaller, lighter and have less muscle mass. Shaving weight off the frame will make a huge difference to handling, responsiveness and enjoyment.
More expensive kids bikes have refined frames with less material being used, whilst keeping them durable. The switch from steel to aluminium which is lighter, stiffer and just as strong as steel will make a big difference to ride characteristics.
Brands like Frog and Early Rider specialise in building kids bikes and produce lighter bikes than most of their competitors.
Choose a design they'll like
No matter how good your choice is, if they don't like the look of it you'll have a hard time keeping them in the saddle. We stock a range of boys bikes and girls bikes in a range of colour schemes and designs to appeal.
Choosing the right kids bike is very important. It'll leave a lasting memory and will be a big factor in whether they choose to continue cycling into adulthood. By choosing the right size for your child's height, and by opting for the best your budget can afford, you can't go far wrong.
Remember, fun and enjoyment is everything. Buy a bike which is properly fitted to their size so they can cruise around in comfort. Lastly, get them to always wear a helmet!