How to choose a bicycle for my child

How to choose a bicycle for my child

Make sure that the bicycle is just the right size. When choosing a bicycle, always remember who will use it. It’s best to have your child try several bicycles in person to get the perfect fit. Check how they sit and how comfortable the handlebars are, and test the brakes to ensure safety. Ask the skilled bicycle tech or sales associate to help you with recommendations.

The first thing to understand when looking for kids’ bicycles is that, unlike adult bicycles, They are measured by the size of the wheel rather than the frame. The most common kids’ bicycles start at 12″ wheels and run through 24″ wheels. Afterward, bigger kids can choose from adult-sized bicycles, starting at 26″ wheels.

Things to consider when your child is trying a new bicycle:

  • How tall is the child (or how long are their legs)? The stand-over height—the space between the top tube and the ground—is vital in sizing a kids’ bicycle. The child should be able to perch the bicycle with their feet on the floor, so their crotch isn’t resting on the top tube. This is essential for both comfort and safety.
  • Can your child reach the handlebars? The child should be able to comfortably grip the handlebars without fully extending their arms. A slight bend in the elbows is ideal. They should also be able to steer easily and squeeze the hand brakes introduced on 20″ bicycle.
  • Seat height: Most kids’ bicycles are designed to ride more upright. They should be able to sit comfortably and see their surroundings easily. Their legs should be slightly bent at the bottom of the pedal stroke.  
  • Child’s weight: If a child weighs 20kg and the bicycle is 12kg, it might be hard for the child to maneuver the bicycle. Imagine that in comparison to an adult weighing 70 where the bicycle is 13kg. It’s tough for them to manage. So you have to consider the child’s weight and the weight of the bicycle – they must be complementary. 

It’s essential to buy a bicycle that fits well now rather than one that is too large and that they can grow into. A properly sized bicycle will be easier for kids, safer, and more fun to ride.

Once you have a rough idea of the wheel size you need, have the child try several bicycles out.

  1. Test out the hand brakes. Make sure your child’s hands can operate them.
  2. Make adjustments over time. While learning, you’ll want the seat low enough so the child can touch the ground with both feet to stop and catch themselves if they fall. As they get better, you’ll want them to be more on their tiptoes so they can pedal more efficiently and it’s not hard on their knees.
  3. Accessorize. When your child is ready, you can add accessories such as horn, design, and streamers, as long as they’re safe to install.

While getting a bicycle that your child can use for the rest of his life is tempting, the right size and comfortability should be prioritized when choosing a bicycle. This is very important when the learner is a beginner. Once the learner gets used to cycling, you can ask them to try bigger bicycles. 

To guide your child efficiently, enroll them with a proficient coach. Cycle School SG offers coaching where the approach is less subjective and more tactical regarding how to tailor the skill to the different students and the challenges from a body movement perspective. Visit our website to enquire or our Facebook account for more information. You can also call us at +65 97552844 to talk to our competent coach, Coach Fai.