What size should I choose?
In general, the size that’s right for your child depends on age and height. The best piece of advice? Don’t buy one that’s too big for your kid, thinking they’ll grow into it. It can slow their learning and affect their confidence. The right size bike makes your child feel comfy and is easier for them to ride so they can pick up skills faster.
There are lots of kids’ bikes out there, so narrowing down your options can be difficult. The main thing is to ensure the purpose and features of the bike are in line with your child’s skill level. eg. most young kids will likely only ride short distances around the area. They benefit from a simple, hybrid-style kids’ bike without unnecessary features. As kids get older and gain more skills, they can choose from several types of bikes with many different kinds of features.
What is a balance bike?
Balance bikes are similar to a cross between a scooter and a bike. They have become popular recently as parents have recognized that balance, not pedaling, is the most important part of bike riding and should be the starting point of any instruction. Balance bikes don’t have pedals, which lets small children push themselves along using their feet and practice balancing their weight over the bike. They are the best bicycles for toddlers, and teaching kids to balance early on will make their move to a bike with pedals simpler.
You may have learned to ride using training wheels, and most professional cyclists probably did. Training wheels are a good way to get kids comfortable riding, and to get them hooked on the feeling of freedom that only a bike can supply. They’re a good choice for kids who are too big for a balance bike or need a bit more time to gain confidence.