Best kids’ bikes 2022: children’s bicycles for all heights


From Halfords, Evan’s Cycles and Decathlon, we’ve found the best bikes for children 2022, from toddlers to pre-teens



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Best kids’ bikes: how to pick the right bicycle for their height

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What should you consider when buying a children’s bicycle?

Unfortunately, it’s not the color scheme or whether there are decorations on the spokes. More practically, you need to consider your child’s height, age, and ability as a cyclist.

When looking at the bikes themselves, take a note of their weight. Heavy bikes don’t handle as well. There’s a correlation between the cheapest bikes and the heaviest, making the most compelling argument for spending a little more.

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Best children’s bicycles at a glance:

What size bike should you purchase for your child?

Don’t fall victim to the fallacy of buying a bike that’s too big for your wee one with the rationale they’ll ‘grow into’ it. An oversized bike is difficult (and dangerous) to steer and handle.

To determine the right wheel size for your child, measure their height, then choose the corresponding wheel size on the below table:

Graphic courtesy of Kim Mogg

If your child measures more than 145 cm, choose a 26-inch wheel.

1-5 years (toddlers and preschoolers)

For younger children, a balance bike is a smart choice. These simple bikes allow children to ‘pedal’ the ground with their feet – the bike itself has no pedals or gears.

It allows the child to familiarize themselves with balancing while in motion and sitting in a saddle. It makes the transition to a pedal bike as they grow smoother (and may mean you can skip using stabilizers then).

We’ve listed a few reliable balance bikes below, but Halford’s have an extensive rangeas do Tredz.

What do I need to spend?

It is worth paying for a decent bike, as a cheap bike will make learning to cycle terribly difficult and may serve as a deterrent.

If you’re thinking “yes, but it’s only for a small period of time – I don’t want to spend too much” – you are buying a moving vehicle for your child, however slow they’ll go, it’s worth safe- guarding them by buying quality.

Consider organizing a bike swap with fellow parents with differently aged/sized kids if you can, to get the best wear our of a bike.

You don’t have to spend a fortune, but a decent small bike is going to start at around £130 (for 12-inch wheels) and increase incrementally as the bike size increases.

When you get to teenagers’ bikes, the addition of gears means the prices jump considerably – close to what you’ll pay for an adult bike. The argument can be more easily made then (depending on growth spurts) to buy an adult bike.

Are stabilizers worth it?

Frankly – stabilizers will inhibit your child’s learning, as it takes away any impetus for them to learn to balance.

Scandiborn Little Dutch Balance Bike

Scandiborn Little Dutch Balance Bike

The Micro Balance Bike Deluxe

The Micro Balance Bike Deluxe

Trunki Folding Balance Bike – Pink – 12″ Wheel

Trunki Folding Balance Bike – Pink – 12″ Wheel

Carrera Cosmos Kids Bike – 14″ Wheel

Carrera Cosmos Kids Bike – 14″ Wheel – White 606153

SPECIALIZED Riprock 20″

SPECIALIZED Riprock 20

Apollo Glitz Kids Bike – 18″ Wheel

Apollo Glitz Kids Bike – 18″ Wheel

Raleigh Pop 18 Inch Wheel Kids

Raleigh Pop 18 2021 18 Inch Wheel Kids Crossbar Bike Blue

Today Bonaly 20″ Superlight 2021 Kids Bike

Today Bonaly 20 Superlight 2021 Kids Bike

SCHWINN Shadow 20 Inch 2020 Kids Bike

SCHWINN Shadow 20 Inch 2020 Kids Bike

PINNACLE Aspen 24 Inch 2020 Kids Bike

PINNACLE Aspen 24 Inch 2020 Kids Bike

Ridgeback Dimension 24″

Ridgeback Dimension 24

Apollo Interzone Junior Mountain Bike – 26″ Wheel

Apollo Interzone Junior Mountain Bike – 26″ Wheel


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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