How to choose a children’s bike
After a long winter and bad weather, children crave movement. And the best tool for outdoor activities is a Bicycle.
When choosing a bike, be sure to follow a number of principles so that the owner can use it for its intended purpose, and not just admire a new toy and throw it away.
1. Consider the child’s age.
Choose a bike whose design is suitable for the child’s age and level of physical development.
For kids who recently sat in a stroller, the ideal solution is a three-wheeled friend. The stable and easy-to-use design is optimal for learning how to properly pedal and hold the steering wheel.
“Four-wheeled” bicycles are designed for children from 95 to 115 cm (3-6 years old). They are already similar to adult models, but have a number of features. The main one is the presence of removable safety wheels that are attached to the rear wheel. While the child is learning to ride a two-wheeled “horse”, they do not allow you to fall on your side in case of loss of balance.
Models for teenagers no longer have side wheels, and they are very similar to adult bicycles, only smaller and lighter. This group is designed for children with a height of 115-155 cm (6-13 years).
2. Focus on the child’s growth.
Not all children grow up in accordance with the average values. Therefore, when buying a Bicycle, be guided not only by the age and level of riding of the future owner, but also his growth-the diameter of the wheels and the length of the Bicycle frame depends on it. To find out which wheels fit your child, divide his height by 2.5 and another 2.54 (length 1 inch in cm). For example, height 110 cm: 110/ 2,5/ 2,54 = 17.3 inches. Therefore, you need to choose from bikes with 16 or 18 inch wheels. The wheel diameter of children’s and adolescent bicycles is 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, or 24 inches.
In addition to the size of the wheels, it is important to choose the right frame length. The optimal distance from the steering wheel to the front edge of the seat is the length from the elbow to the child’s fingertips.
3. Try it on before buying.
Let the child “try on” the bike when buying. The distance between the frame and the crotch should be at least 10 cm, so that if necessary, you can easily jump off while driving. Adjust the seat and steering wheel so that your feet reach the pedals freely, and the” pilot ” does not have to slouch when leaning toward the steering wheel.
The wrong size can lead to problems with management and, as a result, falls and injuries.
4. Buy in specialized places.
It is better to buy a bike in specialized sporting goods stores, rather than children’s stores, where the bike is just one of the toys. Sellers in a children’s store are unlikely to be able to give good advice on its choice, and the quality of it may actually be “toy” – bright, beautiful, but not adapted for long-term use.
In addition, special stores have a much wider choice of models and brands.
5. Consider the child’s opinion.
When buying, rely not only on the advice of sales consultants and Internet acquaintances. When choosing a bike based on its technical characteristics, ask the future owner to evaluate it: it is important for the child to feel important when making important decisions, such as purchasing a new, personal, coolest transport for him.
Top 5 best children’s bikes
RoyalBaby Girls Kids Bike Stargirl 12 14 16 18 Inch Bicycle for 3-8 Years Old Child’s Cycle with Basket Training Wheels or Kickstand Bike Pink Blue
Dynacraft Magna Major Damage Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike
RoyalBaby Freestyle Kid’s Bike for Boys and Girls, 12 14 16 inch with Training Wheels, 16 18 20 inch with Kickstand, in Multiple Colors
Schwinn Petunia and Grit Steerable Kids Bikes, Featuring Push Handle for Easy Steering, Training Wheels, Enclosed Chain Guard, Quick-Adjust Seat, and 12-Inch Wheels, in Pink/White and Orange/Black
JOYSTAR Kids Bike with Training Wheels for 12 14 16 inch Bike, Kickstand for 18 inch Bike (Blue Ivory Red Orange Pink Green)
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