How to Choose a Bike for a Preschooler
- My first tip for how to choose a bike is you need to figure out what size bike you need. Kid bike sizes are based on the diameter of the wheel. Most preschoolers will need either a 10, 12, 16, or possibly an 18 inch bike. Since kids grow fast you want to buy a bike that they can ride for awhile without buying one that is so big that it’s not safe. Your child should be able to at least touch the ground with their toes while sitting on the bike. Even with training wheels bikes can be tippy, so you want them to be able to catch themselves if it tips to the side. If they can’t touch with their toes than the bike is too big.
- Next find the bikes available in the correct size and try them out. You will find that like many things in life not all bikes of the same size number are actually the same size. We couldn’t find Nick a 10 inch bike, which is the size he really needed, but we found one 12 inch bike that ran small that he was able to fit on. When trying out the bikes check that your child fits the bike and make sure they feel safe on it. We found a really neat Cars bike when we were shopping, but it had a noise making toy on the handle bar that made that side of the bike a bit heavier, and it made it very difficult for Nick to grip the handle bars.
- Make sure that your child truly likes the bike! There is nothing worse than spending money on a larger item and then having your kid dislike it so much that they don’t use it!
Protect Your Child and Their Bike
Of course once you’ve taken all of the steps and chosen the perfect bike it’s time to think safety. Make sure to buy all of the appropriate safety gear. Especially make sure that you get them a helmet that fits correctly.
What bike tips do you have?