The first step in picking a bike is getting the right size. Where adult bikes are sized by the frame (measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube), bikes for children are sized by their wheel diameter: 12”, 16”, 20” and 24”. The bike should fit the child. The rider should be able to dismount and comfortably straddle the bike flat footedly. And then with a slight lean of the bike, get their bottom back onto the seat, put their foot on the pedal and, when the skill is there, ride away. They shouldn’t be riding scrunched up with their knees hitting the handlebars and they shouldn’t be stretched out and unable to turn the handlebars easily. At the slow speeds that kids start out riding at, steering by turning the handlebars is much more of an element of riding than at faster speeds where steering is done largely by leaning. If there are training wheels on the bike, all of the steering is done with the handlebars.
The chart below should help you narrow your search, but it is not a substitute for an expert helping you find a bike that is most suitable. A critical factor is the brakes. Coaster brakes tend to be easier for young kids to use but they become less common as the bikes get bigger. It can be a conundrum and dangerous when kids who are tall for their age fit bigger bikes with hand brakes that they can't operate well. After kids outgrow children's bikes they'll move into small-framed adult bikes with 26 inch wheels, which are sized by the length of the seat tube.
Most have rear coaster breaks and pneumatic tires, some have front hand brakes.
Models are multi-speed with hand brakes.
Can have most of the feature’s of adult bikes.
* The size doesn't have any relationship to a real measure: It is certainly not the diameter of the rim. Generally the given size is closer to the tire/tyre diameter from tread-to-tread, but it is usually greater that this distance as well.
When it comes to bikes, we pride ourselves in being able to offer LIKEaBIKE balance bikes, and LIKEtoBIKE pedal bikes
LIKEaBIKE is designed abd manufactured by Kokua Holzspielzeug GmbH in Roetgen, Germany.
Kokua is a Hawaiian word meaning "harmony", and it is a family owned business run by Rolf, Alfred and Beate Mertens.
LIKEaBIKE are so well made that Kokua provides a two-year guarantee against defects - amazing for a wooden product designed for children.
Learning to balance is an important skill, and is the first step in a process of learning how to ride a bike. Because a LIKEaBIKE has no pedals, it helps your child learn to ride a bike that does. Pedaling distracts them in the fist phase of learning to ride when they need to concentrate on from balancing and steering. Pedaling is a skill they will learn when they eventually ride on their own.
LIKEaBIKE balance bike teaches balance and control at a much earlier age than a traditional bicycle with training wheels. Children acquire a sense of equilibrium and they play and the transition to a pedal bike becomes a lot easier and more natural.
That first taste of independence is something that they'll never forget. It is the start of a journey where they learn about: