The Cycling World

How To Choose The Right Bike For Kids: The Complete Guide



Now that your child has developed the liking for a bicycle, it’s the right time to welcome your child into the sport which is liked by many.

Choosing the right bike can be daunting but is very important to get your child the perfect bicycle because that will largely determine if he loves the idea of cycling or will give up in the first month itself.

We have broken down the process of selecting the right bike for your child as per his age, height and usage.



Balance Bikes: With only two wheels and no pedals, these bikes require the child to sit on the saddle, scoot, and balance. Many resources say balance is the hardest part of learning to ride, so transferring to a pedal bike is easier for children that start out on a balance bike.

Tricycle: A bicycle with three wheels! Children’s tricycles are usually very low to the ground and therefore very stable. However, unlike a bicycle, tricycles do not develop the skill of balance and are a bit hard to maneuver. They sure are cute though!

Two Wheelers: This type of bicycles are ideal for kids who know how to cycle and are predominantly available in 4 different sizes and many different frame structures. These in other words are the standard bicycles available in the market. Training Wheels can be added to these bicycles which can help a child to learn cycling.



Unlike bicycles for adults, children’s bicycles are not sized based on the frame height or length. Instead, they are offered in sizes based on wheel size. Below is a chart you can use to determine the approximate size your child would need. Although children who are taller for their age may be able to size up to a larger wheel, they may not be as well equipped to deal with other changes as the bikes get larger.

12” 2-4 30-39 12-17
14” 3-5 37-34 16-20
16” 5-7 39-48 18-20
20” 6-9 42-52 21-25
24” 8-12 50-58 24-28




Children grow quickly and they might even outgrow the bicycle in a very quick time but that should not stop you to buy the correct size of bicycle for him/her. Though selection of the right size of bicycle might be daunting, but has to be correctly decided.

  1. The stand-over height—the distance between the top tube and the ground—is an important factor in sizing a kids’ bike. If your child cannot touch the ground when standing over the top tube or cannot comfortably reach the handlebars or brakes, then the bike is not safe for them to ride.
  2. Check if they can reach to the handlebar easily with a slight bend of the elbow. Bigger the bicycle, more the difficulty in reaching the handlebar.
  3. Always try one size bigger in the start and check for the comfort, in that way you will come to know if he can manage on the bigger bicycle which shall last him for a loner time span.

If you’re shopping online, you can narrow your choices by measuring the child’s inseam (the length of the inside leg) to make sure there’s enough clearance above the top tube. Look for listed stand-over heights for specific bikes and compare that number to the child’s inseam. The inseam should be higher than the stand-over height so the child isn’t resting on the top tube.



The bicycle industry is vast and different types of bicycles are available for all the segments in the market. Just like adult bicycles, brands are divided as per the quality and price segment. We have listed the different brands to consider as per the price segment you are looking for:

2000 – 4000Hero, Hercules, Avon, BSA
4000 – 10000Vaux, Firefox, Outdoors91, Btwin, R for Rabbit
10000 – 15000 Woom, Specialized, Polygon, Giant

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