How to choose the right bicycle for your kids

Tips on choosing the right bicycle size for your kids.

Kids are getting more and more advanced with their toys. There’s the handheld game consoles, computer games and iPad games. While these gadgets help the kids with their thinking ability, we should not disregard their need for physical play.

Bicycles are just one of the traditional toys that kids — no matter what generation they are — would love to have. But choosing the right bicycle for your child is not as easy as going to the store, choosing a color and paying for it.

Kids bike race the 2009 Depot District Criterium in Richmond, Indiana

Here are some tips on how to choose the right bicycle for your kids:

Location. Before anything else, make sure that you have the perfect location where kids can practice their biking. Is your street always heavy with traffic? That’s probably not a safe place to learn how to bike. Is there a park nearby? Remember, children’s safety is always a priority.

Safety Gears. Find the right helmet for your kids. It is important that the helmet fits the head properly. Knee pads and elbows pads are also recommended, keep tight and secure.

Bike Size. Bikes for children are measured by the size of the wheels.  Take your child with you when shopping a bike. Make sure that the child can comfortably sit on the bike and have his/her feet flat on the ground when straddling it. Had them hold the handlebars and pedal their bikes to see if their knees are not hitting the handlebars. Test the breaks, always. Training wheels are also recommended for kids under 4 years of age.

Guide to Kid’s Bike Sizes*
Age Child’s Height Bike Wheel Size
Age 2 – 5 26 – 34 inches 12 inches
Age 4 – 8 34 – 42 inches 16 inches
Age 6 – 9 42 – 48 inches 18 inches
Age 8 – 12 48 – 56 inches 20 inches
Youth 56 – 62 inches 24 inches

* Guide to Kid’s Bike Sizes by About.com

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13 Responses to How to choose the right bicycle for your kids

  1. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the tips. It’s getting to be about time to get my daughter a new one.

  2. This really is a helpful post. For the future.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. Not all bikes are created equal, so we parents should really be more discerning when buying bikes for our kids.

  4. Vera says:

    These are very good tips. Sayang, it would have been good to know this before my cousin bought bikes for her kids. It would have taken a little faster had they read this first siguro. :)

  5. I have to say that I never thought about this. This is an impressive guide!

  6. sarah says:

    Thanks for the tips. I do plan on buying a bike for my son a few months from now.

  7. Kero says:

    great tips! thank you very much. most parents will be buying bikes for their kiddos to keep them busy this summer =)

  8. Bonz says:

    thanks for sharing this tips. we bought my daughter her own bike last Christmas, but i didn’t know that there are these kinds of sizes. will take note of the bike sizes next time we need to buy a new one. :)

  9. allan says:

    Thanks for this information. I will used it a couple of years from now when my son wishes to have his bike.

  10. Mommy Maye says:

    Thanks for the useful tips. I have a son who will surely ask for a bike few months from now.

    Mommy Maye (http://momayes.blogspot.com)

  11. kath says:

    great tips! we’re planning to buy a bike for my son :)

  12. I wish I knew this guide before buying my son’s bike! The bike we bought for him was too long, too big and too tall for him LOL. Now I’m using it. I’ll keep the tips in mind the next time we buy a bike.
    Thanks!

  13. tyna quimpo says:

    Great tips and very timely too. My son just turned two and we’re planning to buy him a bike. Thanks!

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