Getting a bike for Christmas is every child’s dream. Memories of riding out for the first time on Christmas day will last a lifetime, so it’s important to choose the right one.
There are a few rules to buying a bike that should make this as painless as possible.
First up, it is essential to get the right size frame for your child. Too big and they won’t be able to reach the ground. Too small and they’ll grow out of it pretty fast.
Bikes come in sizes that start from 12” and go up to 24” with 26” being a standard adult’s size. Ask the expert in your bike shop for advice on which size to buy.
Secondly make sure you get a lightweight bike as if it is too heavy your child will have problems manoeuvring it.
The brakes should be next to the handle-bars and be easy enough for your child to pull them without using much effort.
Make sure you can adjust the seat easily and opt for pneumatic tyres which ride easily on roads and rougher ground.
Here’s what we recommend:
It was the great customer reviews that drew our attention to this bike from Argos. One of only a few unisex bikes that we could find in a 16” size that is a great starter bike for your child to give them confidence before they move onto a larger frame. Comes with both front and rear brakes and ATB tyres. Suitable for ages 5 and over. Great value.
This is a great bike for any budding policemen out there that are too young to drive their own squad car. Comes with some really cool features, such as a rear tool box, handy for putting snacks inside, stabilisers that can be removed when the child can ride properly, full chain guard to protect prying fingers and front and rear brakes. Suitable for children between 4 and 6 years.
- Muddyfox Anarchy 24 – £139.99
If your child is a bit of a daredevil and loves to cycle over hills and rough terrain, this is a great mountain bike that will suit them down to the ground. Suitable for ages 9 to 12, it has 18 speed Shimano Tourney gears, which is good for controlling up and down hills and comes with a zoom steel suspension for a smoother ride. Also has cool 24″ alloy wheels.
Who wouldn’t want a bike created by Olympic cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins? This one is suitable for 5 to 8 year olds and is great value for money. It includes a range of great features that you would expect from a cycling expert, including pedals that are closer together for easier pedalling, alloy brakes with pinch-free and easy to reach levers and easy to fit stabilisers. Brilliant!
A girl’s bike here with a lower top tube making it easier to get on and off. Comes in four wheel sizes and is suitable for girls between 5 to 10 years old. Comes with full Shimano transmission which helps children to learn to change gears whilst they are keeping their hands on the handlebars. Strong steel frame and really powerful brakes too. We like the fact that it is not in a girly colour.
This is one of the best starter bikes that we could find. Aimed for 4 to 6 year olds, really lightweight and comes in sizes ranging from a 12inch wheel all the way to 26inch¼. Features include all alloy parts to keep it lightweight, Shimano cassette hubs, stainless spokes and alloy rims. Combines the principles of a Metro hybrid but for a smaller rider. It is durable enough to be passed on to the next child and these bikes comes in three colours, blue, pink or green.
This bike is aimed at 7 to 9 year-olds and is particularly lightweight and suited to all kinds of terrain, from pavements to roads to grass. Big and wide 2.8” tires give great traction and control whilst the custom suspension fork is a super shock absorber. The brakes are powerful and it also has nice wide 20” wheels.
Suitable for children who are aged from 5 and over, this bike has a low step frame which makes it easy to get on and off, huge tyres with a massive tread to grip any kinds of rough terrain and nice and lightweight. Really good bike for helping to build confidence before they move on bigger frames.
This is by far our favourite. Islabikes are revolutionising the way children’s bikes are made. This one caters to your child’s individual measurements and it is perfectly matched and in proportion to their bodies. Super lightweight yet sturdy, it has durable tyres, a strong and fast braking system and will last for years and years. Available in red, green and teal.
This is the Pro Series which is specifically aimed for young racers who feel the need for speed. Aimed for 9 year olds and over, great attention to detail with size specific geometry that enables you to ride flat out and at speed, but safely.