This year it looks like we might be getting a proper summer; sunshine and all, and there’s nothing that kids love more than getting outside and exploring the neighbourhood on two wheels.
Before you had a car, bikes were all the rage and these days it’s no different for your kids. Getting a first bike is a rite of passage and you should make sure you involve your child in choosing their first bike, as it’ll be something they remember in years to come.
So, how do you go about choosing the right bike for your child? The size of bike you need is generally determined by the age and height of your child. Below is an estimated guide to help you pick the right wheel size for your child’s bike.
|Height of Child||Age Of Child||Wheel Size|
|98 – 112 cm||3 – 5 yrs||12”|
|105 – 117 cm||4 – 6 yrs||14”|
|112 – 125 cm||5 – 7 yrs||16”|
|117 – 129 cm||6 – 8 yrs||18”|
|125 – 136 cm||7 – 9 yrs||20”|
|130 – 141 cm||8 – 10 yrs||24”|
Of course there are plenty of other things to consider when choosing a bike and one of the most important things (for your child at least) will be the colour! Kids’ bikes tend to come in an array of rainbow colours these days, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your child.
Little girls will love this Hello Kitty themed bike, complete with stabilisers for those tricky first few weeks.
Meanwhile little boys will be the envy of all their friends with their aptly named KidCool bike in bright, funky blue and reds.
For more colours, designs and characters, check out our kids bike shop for more inspiration!
One of the biggest things to consider when you are buying a bike for your child is their safety. Inevitably there will be a few minor falls and grazed knees, but it’s important that you protect their head as a fall could have serious consequences. Never fear though, a cycle helmet will not only protect your child from serious injury, but they also tend to be quite bright, helping them be more visible to others.
If you’re unsure of how the helmet should fit, consider these simple tips. Measure your child’s head – most helmets will come with a description of what size it is, so once you know how big your child’s head is, you can buy accordingly.
The helmet should sit low on the forehead, just above the eyebrows and should not move about when they shake their head. Helmets come with adjustable straps and pads, so you can help fit it to your child’s head properly and it’s a good idea to opt for one with vents to keep their heads cool in the summer.
If you’re looking for a bike, helmet or any other cycling accessories, head over to our cycling store for everything you need this summer.