Children of all ages love riding bicycles. If you are a parent, it is highly likely that you will have to purchase your child a bicycle sometime in the near future. If you have never purchased a children’s bicycle before then you should first learn what you need to look for.
In a way, this article serves as a bicycle buying guide for parents. You are encouraged to follow the pointers mentioned below. It is also important to note that not all kids and bicycles are the same. You are encouraged to use your best judgment when purchasing a children’s bicycle.
The first step in purchasing a children’s bicycle is to find a place that sells them. Children’s bicycles can be purchased at most traditional department stores, sports stores, bicycle shops, or over the internet. While shopping online is convenient, it is typically not recommended when purchasing a kids bike. This is because all parents are encouraged to take their children with them when they purchase a bike.
When purchasing a bicycle for your child, you are encouraged to have them sit on the bike. When sitting firmly on the seat, they should be able to place their feet on the ground. They also need to be able to reach the handlebars. Some children’s bicycles have brakes located in the pedals and others are on the handlebar. Make sure your child can reach each of these items.
Most retail stores that sell children’s bicycles have enough room for the bicycles to be tested. If this is possible, you should have your child ride the bike around for a short period of time. It is important that you stay with him or her, to ensure their safety. If your child has a difficult time operating the bicycle of their choice, it may not be the best bicycle.
It is also important to note the type of bicycle that you are purchasing. For toddlers or smaller children, most bikes are the same. When a child reaches around elementary school age things begin to change. Many kid’s bikes are classified as BMX bikes, mountain bikes, or road bikes. Road bikes are ideal for cycling on pavement, mountain bikes are ideal for off-road riding or rough driveways, and BMX bikes are ideal for jumping and other stunts.
If you are interested in buying a bike for a gift, you may be unable to bring your child along. If you know their exact measurements, such as height, a sales associate may be able to help you select the perfect sized bicycle. For the best level of assistance, many parents prefer to shop at a bicycle shop because most employees are required to undergo extensive training.
Purchasing a bike for your child should be a fun experience for the both of you. If you do not have your own bicycle you are encouraged to at least think about getting one. Many parents enjoy taking bicycle rides with their children and with your own bike you can too.
When buying a children’s bicycle, consider the following factors:
- Size: The bike should fit the child properly, with both feet touching the ground while they are seated on the saddle.
- Weight: Look for a lightweight bike that is easy for your child to handle.
- Brakes: Make sure the bike has reliable brakes and that your child can reach and use them easily.
- Tires: Ensure the tires are appropriate for the surface your child will be riding on and have good tread.
- Adjustability: Look for a bike that can grow with your child by having adjustable seat height, handlebars, and other components.
- Durability: Choose a bike that is well-made and can withstand the rough and tumble play of children.
- Style: Your child will be more likely to use their bike if they like the way it looks.
- Safety: Look for a bike with reflectors and other safety features to ensure your child is visible to motorists.
Remember to also have your child wear a helmet and other protective gear when riding their bicycle.