As soon as they’ve learnt to ride a bike, kids can enjoy a new found freedom and independence whilst getting out into the fresh air and keeping active. It also means some amazing family bike rides and trips are on the cards. But first things first, you’ve got to buy the right bike. Safety and comfort are most important, so follow these tips to ensure that you make the correct choice.
The right size
The most vital thing to consider when purchasing a new bike is size. It’s difficult and – most importantly – dangerous to be riding a bike that is too big and uncontrollable. Your child should be able to touch the ground with their toes when sitting in the saddle and have enough room to stand over the top tube when they’re not – as well as grip the brakes with ease.
Whilst we know size is key – the best way to find out the size your child needs is to actually get them on the bike. However, if you are planning on buying the bike as a surprise Christmas gift – here is a table of average ages, heights and inseam leg measurements that can give you a good idea of the wheel size you’ll be going for:
Other things to think about
Most children will use one bike for everything, so with 20in and 24in wheel bikes for older children especially; you should be looking out for versatility. It should be suitable for off-road riding and travelling to school or friends’ houses.
As children are smaller, lighter and weaker; weight has a bigger effect on the manoeuvrability and ease of use in comparison to an adult-sized bike. If the bike is too heavy, the experience will become arduous and lose its fun, so the weight of it is another priority to keep in mind.
Don’t forget to consider colours and patterns – of course! Rather than boring old safety, appearance will be top of the list for your child, so don’t dismiss it.
Get your family outdoors this winter and make the most of the summer to come – Get a bike this Christmas – a bike is always the perfect gift for children and adults alike.
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