You need to venture your child in the adventurous task of cycling. Kids between 4-8 years old start developing some skills like physical balance, pedaling, stirring and sitting on the saddle.

As an infant below 3 years of age, your child has played a lot in your house and courtyard on a tricycle. Now, it is the time to venture your child in the playground or your society compound. Thus you need to gift your child an amazing gift. i.e. a bicycle. Before Buying a bicycle for your child of appropriate features there is one more thing you ought to do.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Your child should be comfortable in driving the tricycle. If not, then you definitely should use side wheels for first few days.
  • See that your child has developed sufficient physical coordination, agility, good balance, comfortable in starting and ending the cycle.
  • Along with physical skills, you need to inculcate mental skills in your kid.
  • You should try to motivate your kid and imbibe self-confidence

You have to keep patience in you as your child will not learn cycling in one go.It comes with regular and continuous practice.

Kids don’t remain of the same size. Its very natural that your child will grow subsequentially during these years. And you might have to switch in between from a bicycle of smaller size to comparatively larger size. Thus, choosing a right bicycle for your child can be confusing and you might have to mess up on lot of points as you need to be ensured with safety and flexibility of your child’s very first ride.

Buying a bike that is too small, your child may feel silly sitting on it, and also feel cramped. On the other hand buying a bike that is too large will be unwieldy, difficult to control, and undermine their fledgling confidence on the pedals.

What to look for when shopping for a kid's bike: seat height, tires, weight, brakes, geometry, gearing, budget

Parameters to be considered :

  • Size:

It is considered as an inevitable factor for buying a bicycle. Buying a bike that is too small, your child may feel silly sitting on it, and also feel cramped. On the other hand buying a bike that is too large will be unwieldy, difficult to control, and undermine their fledgling confidence on the pedals. If bicycle is not of appropriate size, it can be very dangerous with respect to your child safety.

For measuring the size of bicycle you need to consider wheel size. Thus the best factor which needs to be considered is a sizing chart. Sizing charts are available from all stuff like good bike websites and stores. There are slight variations in some of them, especially when moving to adult sizing charts, but for children they do remain fairly consistent. Below is a good example of one that can be followed:

Wheel SizeAgeHeight
12″2-32’10”-3’4″85-100 cm
14″3-43’1″-3’7″95-110 cm
16″4-53’7″-4’0″110-120 cm
20″5-84’0″-4’5″120-135 cm
24″8-114’5″-4’9″135-145 cm
26″11+4’9″+145+ cm
  • Seat Height :

The seat height of the bicycle needs to be adjustable as kids are more or less not of the same. They will even grow during these four years. So the seat of the bicycle should be adjustable atleast upto 7-8 inches to  be devoid of any balancing problem.

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  • Weight

Ideally, the weight of your child’s bicycle should be about  40% of its weight. This is essential to ensure proper stature and maintaining a proper balance during the ride. Take care not to prioritize weight with the quality of the metal used in the body and design of brakes.

  • Brakes

Ensuring your child’s safety is your most important priority. You cannot make any compromise with quality of the brakes of the bicycle. A bicycle is good only, if its brake function well. You should choose coaster brakes and hand brakes of utmost quality.

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  • Gears

It’s now a common trend that most of the bicycle is now having gears as one of the important components. Gear enables the cycle to start safely on pedaling and subsequently go on speeding with the level of gears shifted. You should teach your child how to adjust gears at appropriate speed.

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Thus we have provided basic requirements you ought to be acknowledged of. There are many more advanced factors which can be referred to. But as of now, you have got a basic idea of how to choose a bicycle. Thus consider the above-enlisted factors one by one and browse through a wide range of bicycles available and choose the most appropriate that fits your budget and is best for your child.

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