How to Choose Kids’ Bicycles
Choosing Kids’ Bicycles:
Opt for New Children’s Bicycles
Older bikes may have parts or features that have since been found faulty or dangerous. New bicycles are up to current safety standards.
Think About Choosing a Steel-Framed Bicycle for Your Child
Not only are these more affordable than lighter weight children’s bicycles, but they are also better able to handle the abuse often doled out by playful children.
Consider the Age, Height, and Weight of the Child
Manufacturers of children’s bicycles generally recommend sizes based on the child’s age. However, if a child is large or small for his or her age, take this into account as well. Comfort and ability to control the bicycle are crucial in cycling at any age.
These are the basic suggestions:
Choose a Bicycle with Appropriate Brakes for Your Child
Younger children may not have the hand size or strength required to use handbrakes. Most small bicycles come standard with coaster brakes that the child can employ by pedaling backwards. Choose bicycles with hand brakes for older children who are able to master them, as they are safer. However, for children who have never used handbrakes, you need to look for bicycles with both types, so the children can become accustomed to them as their cycling abilities improve.
Bear in Mind the Child’s Experience When Choosing a Bicycle
If he or she has only ridden a single-speed cruiser in the past, a bike with lots of gears and fancy handbrakes may be overwhelming. On the other hand, if the child is a future BMX racer, he or she might be disappointed by one that is too simple.