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Children's Bikes
Buying a bike for your child is a way for all the family to enjoy cycling together, especially if you are an avid cyclist yourself as it is a way for them to enjoy your hobby too. There are many details to consider when purchasing a child’s bike, and it is important to get it right in order for them to enjoy the experience.

Things to Consider

For younger children get a bike that is simple and easy to use. Single speed bikes suit the youngest kids as multiple gears can be cumbersome and confusing to use, complicating the experience of learning to ride. Bikes designed for younger children will usually be quite tough to handle being dropped and ridden on all types of surfaces.

For older children, it is important to have an idea of the type of riding they are likely to be doing most, in order to choose the most suitable bike. As they get older and stronger, gears may help them to ride faster and keep up with you if you choose to ride as a family. Mountain bikes are clearly good for off road cycling but will be just at home on roads and paved trails. Be aware of getting caught up with overcomplicated suspension designs at this stage, as they will add lots of weight and need to be taken care of. BMX bikes are meant tricks and jumping, off-road riding and racing, but only have a single speed so riding distances may prove difficult.


Children's bike sizes are determined by wheel size diameter, not frame size as in adult bikes. Only once the child has grown enough to ride on a bike with 26 inch wheels does the frame size start to become important.

Suggested age range for sizing:

          12 inch wheel diameter : 2 - 4 years
          14 inch wheel diameter : 3 - 5 years
          16 inch wheel diameter : 5 - 7 years
          18 inch wheel diameter : 6 - 8 years
          20 inch wheel diameter : 7 - 9 years
          24 inch wheel diameter : 9 - 11 years
          26 inch wheel diameter : 11+ years

Play it Safe

While learning to ride a bike is an important phase in a child's life, it is equally important that they're safe. Ensuring that your child wears a helmet when they cycle is a good practice to get them accustomed to. Let your child choose the model of helmet they would like, making it easier to get them to wear it, but ensure that the helmet is fitted properly.

This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on Children's Bikes. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.
This story was last updated on 16/01/2012