Tricycles: A tricycle is usually a child’s first exposure to cycling. The three-wheeled design does not require a toddler to balance the tricycle.
Balance Bikes: Balance bikes are generally used to teach two to five-year olds how to balance and steer. There are no pedals on this type of toddler bike, so the child must coast and use their feet for braking.
Training Wheel Bikes: Training wheel bikes are equipped with two small wheels on either side of the back tyre. The wheels are removed when the child has developed the skill and confidence to ride without them. it's commonly considered now that a balance bike is a more useful training tool than training wheels, with many parents finding that the training wheel phase can be skipped by children who have mastered the balance bike.
Trailer Bikes: The trailer bike is a single-wheel bike that attaches to the rear of a larger bike ridden by an adult. It includes pedals to enable a small child to feel as though they are powering the bike. These are also commonly called a 'Shadow' bike.
Road Bikes: Road bikes are the perfect item if you're looking to do longer rides with your child. They’re available in upright and more aerodynamic riding positions, but will typically require a more developed skill level to use.
Cruiser Bikes: Cruiser bikes are typically flashy riding machines featuring wide balloon tyres for traction and stability. They're popular for casual use and are miniature versions of the bikes commonly seen riding along beach paths.
BMX Bikes: While BMX bikes are normally associated with jumping, many kids now prefer them for general riding purposes. BMX bikes are one of the more robust options and a lack of gears makes them quite affordable.
Mountain Bikes: Kids’ mountain bikes tend to be scaled-down versions of the adult models and are usually equipped with front-suspension forks, reliable brakes and multiple gears. This style of bike is the most versatile and commonly available for children from the age of seven.
One of the key factors to consider when buying a kids bike, is the size.
Choosing the right size is crucial to ensuring your child develops the control and confidence to really enjoy riding their new bike, and to use it to explore their world.
Check out the chart below to learn about which wheel and bike size will suit your child's developing needs.