Summer is the time for fun bike rides, but for parents the question arises: which bike to choose for a child? Today we will figure out what to look for before buying, and also offer you a variety of options.
For children under 3 years old
At this age, a tricycle with a comfortable seat is suitable for a child. The wheel diameter of these bikes should be 12 inches. In modern models, the pedals rotate quite easily, because the baby is just mastering the skill of controlling a bicycle. Tricycles are convenient because the child will not be afraid to lose balance and at the same time will be able to ride on their own, without your help. Among the bikes for children under 3 years old, there are models with wings, a parent handle, a basket for toys and other accessories.
IMPORTANT! The child’s first bike must have a foot brake. You need to wait until the baby grows up and his hands are strong enough to learn how to slow down with the handbrake.
For children from 3 to 5 years old
Children’s bikes for this age have a difference in the size of the wheels — 14 and 16 inches. You can often find models with additional wheels on the sides at the back. Such a safety net helps to acquire the skill of balance when riding, and also provides additional safety when braking. Bicycles for girls in the category from 3 to 5 years old already have a difference — they have a lower frame.
IMPORTANT! No matter how well the kid rides a bike, be sure to buy protection for him — a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, as well as special gloves.
For children from 6 to 9 years old
The wheel diameter of bicycles for this age category of children is 20 inches. It is no longer common to see safety wheels on such bikes, but you can find a shock-absorbing fork, gear shifting and hand brakes. At this age, it is necessary to explain to the child how to use the handbrake and warn that if you stop abruptly using the front brake, the bike may tip forward. Mandatory for this category of bikes remains a casing on the chain.
IMPORTANT! It is necessary to adjust the height of the handlebars and saddle so that your baby can touch the ground with his feet in case of emergency braking. Also explain to the child that you need to put your foot on the pedal not with the toe or heel, but with the whole foot.
For children from 9 to 12 years old
The wheel size for bikes in this age group is 24 inches. Models for children from 9 to 12 years old practically do not differ from adult bikes. The number of speeds can be very different — from 1 to 24. Buy a maneuverable model with a suspension fork and front and rear brakes. And most importantly, at this age, the child should have a bike with a large margin of safety.
Remember that you can not buy a bike for a child to grow. Pay attention to reputable brands, as the quality of such bikes is often higher than unknown analogues.
Ride with pleasure with the whole family!