How To Choose The Right Kids Bike

Buying kids bikes is a little more involved than you might think. So, with the help of this leading New Zealand bike retailer, here are a few things to consider when buying a bike for your child, especially if it is their first bike.

  • The biggest mistake many parents make is to buy a bike that is too big for their kids in the hope they will grow into it. If a child struggles with a bike that is too big for them, this will undermine their confidence and make them reluctant to continue riding. Our bike retailer says that whether you’re buying online or in-store, always contact experts like them and they will be able to suggest bikes based on your child’s age, height and inside leg measurement. Knowing the leg measurement is important as it will make it easier for them to stand over the bike, and to hop on and off it.
  • Seat height is another thing to consider. As your child gains confidence and skills, it can be adjusted but as a rule of thumb for a beginner, it should be low enough on their very first non-stabiliser bike or balance bike so their feet are flat on the ground while they are sitting. For stabiliser bikes and for children who are feeling more comfortable on their pedal bike, the seat should be high enough that only their toes can touch the ground.
  • Knee position is related to seat height, and when children are learning to ride they should have a lot more bend in their knees as this will allow them to put their feet on the ground should they need to come to a stop. This will make them feel more comfortable as they master the balancing skills they need to become proficient riders. As they gain confidence, the seat can be raised so they have full leg extension for more efficient pedalling.
  • While modern bikes have any number of gears and flash components these days, there’s certainly no need for too much trickery when buying a kids bike. They’re too busy trying to get the basics of balance and steering right to worry about changing gears, so a standard one-gear bike is fine to start with.
  • Tyres should be part of your thinking too. For new riders, tyres that have more tread will be better for learning to ride on grass, while less tread is better suited to riding on paved roads and paths, once they have the confidence and skills to do so.
  • The most important thing to master when learning to ride is balance. So, for a child aged 18 months to three years, you may want to consider a balance bike to teach them things like balance, movement and steering without having to worry about coordinating pedals and brakes. Again, avoid the temptation to buy a bike that is beyond their age capabilities.

Remember, the most important thing to get right when buying a bike for your child is the size. That’s why you should contact the bike experts and let them guide you through this part of the purchasing process.