Many children's bikes are designed by experts in toy marketing, more focused on what attracts children to the products rather than the quality of the bike. This produces a bike that might be fine for playing on street corners, but hardly efficient or durable enough for family cycling.
When selecting a bike for your child, it is important to consider the size of the wheels and your child's confidence in cycling. Bikes that are too large may not have the stabilisers a smaller child might need, plus he or she might not be able to reach the ground with their feet. Please see our Bike Size Guide for advice on how to properly size a bike for your child.
A good quality child's bike will not only last until your child grows out of it, but can last through several children, being passed down to younger siblings, cousins or neighbourhood friends.
Organised by age groups, children's bikes are based on the average size of a child within that age range. There is no hard and fast rule as to which size bike fits which child, but if your child is above or below the average height for his or her age, consider moving up or down a bike size.
Junior Road Bikes
Designed for the budding road cycling star, Junior Road Bikes have many of the same high-quality features of a full-sized adult road bike, but scaled down for children usually aged seven and older. Perfect for long road rides with the family!
BMX Bikes are an ideal choice for families looking for a bike that will last children from around seven years of age up until they're ready for a full-sized adult bike. Primarily for street use, BMX Bikes often have vivid style and 20" wheels, meaning that more likely you'll be choosing your BMX based on its colour rather than size.
Popular with children looking for something that they can ride without needing to take up the space of a bicycle, kick scooters are small and easy to use two-wheeled scooters that children stand on and push off to kick.
Great for children who are not quite comfortable with a two-wheeled bike, tricycles provide not only stable cycling, but also often have large storage space in the back, meaning that your child can carry all necessary treasures for his or her epic adventures.