The information below is an overview of the choice in children's bikes as the child
bike sizing guide has more detailed sizing tables. If you have further questions,
please call us on 0330 100 2480 for expert assistance.
As soon as children can walk, they will enjoy moving about on a 'scooter';
a 10" wheel bike without pedals, or on a 12" - 14" wheel tricycle
(a two-wheeler with training wheels). Tricycles are useful for
kids to learn to pedal and steer, but do not affect their sense of balance like
a two-wheel bike.
For getting to school or for family outings on the bike, children are more easily
carried in a child seat (up to about age 3) or trailer (up to age 4/5), or tag-a-long
until they are able to safely ride a two-wheel bike.
From about four or five years of age, kids can be ready to learn
to ride a two-wheel bicycle. It is important they have both the confidence and motivation
and some kids may be a lot older before they reach this stage. Around this age,
14-16" wheel bikes offer a range of styles to choose from and it's
much a matter of choice which bike is preferred.
Younger children may find hand brakes harder to master than back-pedal breaks until
their hands are strong enough, usually around about five.
Parents, friends and the school can play a big part in creating an interest and
readiness to learn to ride a bike. Here are useful tips on how to teach children to cycle or you can visit Sustrans for information about cycling to school projects.
The 18-20" wheel cycles are for age ranges 6–10, some models
have multiple gear and hand brakes. If you know what type of riding your child would
like to go for, you can choose the bike to suit. If they want to go off road cycling
as well as on roads and paved trails, then Mountain bikes are suitable while BMX-style
bikes are great for dirt jumping, off-road racing and doing tricks.
Junior bikes – 24" wheel – are suitable for 8–11 year olds and
have most of the features of adult bikes for example you have a choice of hardtail
or full suspension 24” bikes.
Once you are into 26"+ wheel or 'adult' bicycles then sizes are
determined by frame
Getting the right size is the first step: the bike should fit the
child. Bikes for children are sized by their wheels: 12", 16", 20" and 24". There
are also few 18" kids bikes.
The child should be able to dismount and comfortably straddle the bike with their
feet flat on the ground. To get back on the bike, by leaning the bike slightly,
they should get their bottom back onto the seat ready to pedal off. Their posture
should allow them to easily turn the handlebars without stretching and cycle without
their knees touching the handlebars.
Buying a bike for a child to 'grow in to'
We strongly recommend against buying a bike that's is too big for your child. They
will end up riding a bike that's is too big for them to control, which can be very
Price differences in kids bikes are often due to the materials used, cheaper bikes
may contain more steel creating a heavier bike than (more expensive) bikes made
All bikes sold in the UK are made to British Standards specifications, and therefore
will conform to their safety specifications.
It is important to have bikes serviced to ensure chains and wires remain tight and
moving parts are correctly lubricated. Depending on usage, we recommend a basic
service every 6 months. You can take your bike to a local bike shop to have this
We always recommend wearing a cycling helmet when on a bike. We have a wide range
of children's helmets
in fun colours available for children to choose from.
Cycle Solutions (Cycle to Work) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority