It’s an exciting time in every parent’s life and indeed your child’s when we purchase their first bike. It’s a heartfelt purchase and an important one.
Size is certainly the most important aspect of this purchase. You want to strike a balance between safety and value for money. You want them to be safe, but also allow room for their growth.
Children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size, for example, a 12″ bike will have a wheel diameter of 12″. As a guide, 12″ bikes are suitable for ages 3 to 5, 16″ bikes are best for ages 5 to 8 and 7 to 10-year-olds best suit 20″ bikes.
That being said, there are no hard and fast rules. You really just need to make sure that they can safely reach the handlebars and touch the ground with the tips of their toes.
Depending on your child’s skill level, you might like to purchase some training wheels. 12″ bikes generally come equipped with training wheels, but you can purchase a set to attach to larger bikes if required.
There are also numerous ‘fun’ attachments that may be added to your child’s bike to enhance the experience. Pop down to your local bike store to view the range of handlebar tassels, spokes donkeys, baskets, flags and the like.
When it comes to quality and price, this is really just determined by budget. The more you spend, generally the greater the safety, durability, and performance.
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