Just like children, kid's bikes can come in many different sizes and depending on their skill level or goal for buying a bike, you could be left scratching your head where to start. Kid's bikes can range from 12" to 24", with the number, generally referring to the wheel size in inches. They can also come in different types such as balance bikes, standard pushbikes, bikes with training wheels and BMX bikes.
In this post, we tell you where to start and what to look out for.
The first thing to consider is making sure your child can sit and ride the bike comfortably. This is where knowing the different wheel sizes become very important in starting your hunt for the best kids bike for your child. Below are some of the most common kids wheel sizes and the sizes Vuly has in their premium bike range.
|Wheel Size||Rider Height|
|12 inch bikes||90-102cm|
|16 inch bikes||99-117cm|
|20 inch bikes||114-132cm|
|24 inch bikes||130-150cm|
The reason height plays a vital role in choosing a bike boils down to usability. If you choose a bike that is too big, your child may find it hard to stay balance on the bike when idle because their feet can't reach the ground. Another issue they could face is they won't be able to comfortably pedal.
If they purchase a bike that is too small, their knees could cause issues when turning or pedalling due to it reaching the handlebars. Children will also find it harder to balance on the bike due to the smaller bike frame.
So, before purchasing a kids bike, make sure you know what their height is to make choosing a bike for your child easier.
Features and add ons on a kids bike can go a long way. They can add additional safety, comfort and longevity to the bike. Here are some key features you don't want to look past on a kids bike.
You may ask yourself, "what size bike for a 5-year-old?" or "what size bike for a 9-year-old?" Lucky enough we've also considered these questions. Although it might not be 100% accurate because each child grows at their own pace, it's a simple and easy guide to follow.
|Wheel Size||Rider Age|
|12 inch bikes||2-4 years old|
|16 inch bikes||3-6 years old|
|20 inch bikes||6-9 years old|
|24 inch bikes||8-11 years old|
A bike you choose for your kid can vary greatly depending on their riding skill and experience. You wouldn't want to buy a bike where your child wouldn't be able to make the best out of it. Consider where your money is being spent.
If your child is getting on their bike for the first time, consider a balance bike or a bike that has detachable training wheels. These type of bikes help your child build confidence and independence. balance bikes come in one wheel size, the 12 inch, and bikes with training wheels come in 2 sizes; the 12 inch and 16 inch
If your kids are moving on from a balance bike or training wheels, or are comfortable riding by themselves, look for a standard pushbike. The advantage of buying a Vuly kids bike either in 12" or 16" is they can easily transform their beginner bike into an intermediate bike. Bikes for intermediate riders are great for everyday riding, around the park or the neighbourhood.
Advanced riders will be looking to get more out of their normal bikes and want to take them off-road. Bikes suitable for advanced riders include our kid's mountain bike range which comes in 20" and 24", and the BMX bikes available in 20" wheels. These bakes are purpose-built and designed to be much stronger.