A Timely Buying Guide For Kids Bikes
This guide to buying kids bikes is very timely. Christmas is nearly here and youngsters all around the country are asking Santa for a new bike. To help Santa (and you) get a better idea of what to look for, we have put together a few tips that will point you all in the right direction. This will be particularly helpful, especially if it is a first bike.
- Don’t buy a bike one size too big for your child and think they’ll grow into it. If a child struggles with an oversized bike as they’re learning to ride, it will diminish their confidence. It could even make them stop riding altogether. Whether you’re buying from us in-store, or online, get in touch and we’ll suggest bikes based on your child’s age, height and inside leg measurement. Leg measurement is very important as it will help you choose the right size for them to easily stand over the bike, and hop on and off.
- The latest-design bikes that adults ride have a lot of gears and components. There is no need for so much wizardry on a child’s bike. They need to concentrate on the basics of balance and steering without worrying about things like changing gears, so one of our standard one-gear bikes will be good to start with.
- Tyres are another factor to consider. For new riders, tyres with more tread are better suited for learning to ride on grass, while tyres with less tread are great for riding on paved roads and paths, once your child has developed the skills and confidence to do so.
- The materials the bike is made from e.g. alloy or steel makes a big difference to the weight of the bike. Check the weight so you can be sure your child will be able to handle it comfortably.
- If your child will be learning to ride on their new bike, the first priority is getting their balance. If your young one is aged 18 months to three years, check out a balance bike that will teach them big things like balance, movement and steering without having to worry about working pedals and brakes - that will come later when they’re old enough for a “grown-up” bike.
The best piece of advice we can give you is to contact the bike experts at Pushbikes and we’ll help Santa (and you) choose the right bike for Christmas.