It's gearing up towards that time of year again when children are starting to plan or might have even wrote/tweeted/sent it via an app (you never know with kids these days and modern technology) their Christmas list and if getting a first bike or a new bike features on their then this blog is the one for you as we reveal our top tips when it comes to choosing a bike for your child
Below we run through some of the things to look out for and to avoid before you hit the shops:
-The weight! First of all the weight of the bike is crucial as if it is too heavy a child will find it much harder to push the pedals and get it moving - the lighter the better
-Size! not too big or too small! A bike is the right size when your child can comfortably sit on the seat and rest the balls of both feet on the ground and reach the handlebars with a slight bend in the arms when sitting on the seat. Your child should be able to grasp the brakes them and apply them with enough pressure to stop the bike.
-Wheels! Our tip is to go with air tyres from the start over Pneumatic wheels as these roll better and are much better when riding on different surfaces such as woodlands.
-Keep it simple! try to avoid bikes with added design features that may add extra weight i.e. suspension and don’t worry about gears especially for a first bike, if you do get a bike with gears 1 set is plenty.
When it comes getting a good reliable bike for your child we highly recommend brands such as Frog Bikes , Isla bikes, Ridgeback and Cuda Bikes which specialise in children’s bikes although these bikes are more expensive than bikes you will see at high street shops such as Smyths, Sports Direct and Halfords you get what you pay for with the lightweight features and components which make them much easier to ride. These bikes tend to not lose a lot of value either if looked after as they are easily sellable or ideal to pass down to younger siblings once ready to move onto another bike.
Another recommendation is the Carrera Cosmos bikes which come in a variety of different designs and colours and are sold by Halfords which for the lower price compared to the brands mentioned above posses’ similar components and are very lightweight; we have seen lots of children 4-7 riding these at our classes.
Speaking of our classes Mini Wheelers can help your child ride their new shiny bike confidently and safely to find out more please get in touch via our website link www.miniwheelers.com or
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We hope this helps and we thought we would leave you with one VERY IMPORTANT final tip to let Santa and his elves take care of wrapping up your child's new pride and joy as the shape and size of them can make them extremely awkward to wrap. :)
Good Luck and happy cycling!