Selecting the bike that fits your child's size and ability level will help him gain confidence and a love of riding. Whether your child is a beginner, road rider, or future BMX star, there is no shortage of great options available.
Everyday Bikes for Kids
Most kids will be riding bikes to the park, school, a friend's house, or just around the neighborhood. These kids don't need all the extras of an off-road bike. A standard bike or mountain bike is the best option for the average child rider.
Some experts, such as Shannon Burrant, recommend beginning riders learn without the use of training wheels because they can become dependent on the stabilizers. The Frog 52 offers a lightweight, simplistic design with the beginning child rider in mind. Recommended for ages five to six, the Frog 52 sells for $400 and comes in purple, orange, spotty, team sky black, or team sky white. The impressive features include:
- All aluminum construction
- Adjustable brakes and seat
- Eight speeds
- 20" wheels
- Bell, reflectors, and mudguards
- Includes two sets of Kenda tires
- Five-year limited warranty
Bikestar 16 Inch Girls Bike - Classic
Rated number one on the Bicycle Advisor Top Ten Bikes for 2016 list, this classic little girl's bike is recommended for ages 4 and up. Standard features for the Bikestar 16 Inch Girls Bike - Classic include:
- Back pedal break option
- Fully enclosed chain guard
- Saddle adjusts for both height and angle
- Adjustable break handgrips
- Adjustable handlebars
- One year limited warranty
- Training wheel mounting (must buy wheels separately)
Selling for just under $150, this bike comes in a pink/white combo with graphic floral details. You can buy and add training wheels to make this a great beginner bike that can grow with your child. As is, the adjustable nature of the bike's components make it a perfect option for a bike that will last years.
Kent Super 20 Boys Bike
This 20-inch kids mountain bike brings safety, comfort, and style to the everyday bike ride. The steel frame, adjustable seat, and seven speeds ensure the Kent Super 20 Boys Bike will last through heavy usage over many years. Recommended for ages seven to nine, this mountain bike comes in a red, black, and white color scheme. The handbrakes make it easy for beginning riders and the overall design appeals to seasoned cyclists. Best Bikes for Kids lists this boys bike in the top reviewed kid's bikes for 2016 and offers the bike for under $115.
GMC 24-inch Denali Bike
MaxFitnessPlus rates this road bike as the top choice for kids thanks to its alloy frame, shifting abilities, and ratings. The GMC 24-inch Denali is recommended for ages 8-12 and features:
- Alloy rims, frame, and calipers
- Water bottle cage
- Six-month limited warranty
Although sometimes listed as a boy bike, the light red and black color scheme can appeal to female riders. Kohl's sells this top rated road bike for under $225.
As more kids become involved in mountain biking and competitive riding like BMX, there is more demand for performance bikes made with child riders in mind. These bikes typically cost considerably more than your average kids' bike, but will give your child the edge he needs to compete.
Kona Shred 20
This off-road bike is great for trails or bike parks. Recommended for ages five to eight, the Kona Shred 20 retails for under $600. If you've got a serious little cyclist in your house, Bicycling.com says this is the bike for your child. The performance-oriented bike features:
- 20-inch wheels
- Six speeds
- Size chart to help determine correct size for your child
- Matte black color with monster green decals
- Available in road or mountain version
- Lifetime warranty
To purchase the correct size for your child, search for a dealer in your area using Kona's dealer search function. The adult look and feel of this bike combined with performance enhancing features appeals to younger riders who are serious about the sport of cycling.
This mountain bike is built for trail riding but works just as well for everyday riding. Bicycling.com says the Meerkat is "well thought-out for kids." In true bicyclist form, the bike is recommended not for an age group but for children with an inseam of 23-30 inches. Boys and girls will enjoy the versatility of the Cleary Meerkat which is available for under $650.
- Nine speeds
- Hydraulic disk brakes
- Available in very orange, deep blue, sorta pink, red, and astroturf.
The comfort, durability, and power of this mountain bike works off-road and in the neighborhood. Kids will love the versatility and parents will love a bike that lasts through the years.
Islabikes Beinn 24
Voted the best bike by eight-year-old testers in a focus group run by BikeRadar, the Beinn 24 is sure to be a hit for any kid age 7 and up.
- Eight speeds
- Comes in red or green
- Sizing guide helps select best fit
- Can be equipped as a mountain bike or everyday bike
Kids will love the smooth, quick ride and gentle brakes. To order, you must call Islabikes. The Beinn 24 sells for under $550.
An Early Love of Cycling
Children enjoy the speed and freedom of riding a bicycle. Help your child develop a love of cycling by choosing the right bike for your child's size and needs.