At Bike Force Docklands we are keen to get kids out and riding bikes. One of the store goals is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. With the influence of the internet and video games, kids are often indoors glued to the screen rather than being outdoors.
A bike provides kids with freedom and confidence. Introducing cycling to kids offers many benefits including muscle development, using fine motor skills, refining navigation skills, being active and having fun outdoors!
We have reviewed many brands of kid's bikes and have decided to stock and recommend Cannondale & Malvern Star brands for kids. This is because we believe they offer the best riding experience for your child.
When purchasing a kids bike, it is important to get a bike which will make the riding experience fun and as easy as possible. The lighter the bike, the better. There are many brands of kids bikes available. Cheaper bikes that are mass produced for toy stores or department stores are constructed with steel and will rust on contact to moisture. They are also very heavy and can be up to 80% weight of the child or heavier. This extra weight would make learning how to ride more difficult, steering the bike and accelerating would require extra work, not to mention picking up the bike when it falls down.
BYK bikes have a light alloy frame and components which keeps the weight as low as possible. An alloy frame also means it won't rust.
How to size up a bike for a child
As a general guide, when your child is sitting on the bike; they should be able to comfortably hold the handlebars and place the balls of both feet firmly on the ground.
When standing; the clearance from the crossbar (between their legs) should be at least 3 cm on a road bike and 5-10 cm for a BMX or mountain bike.
When riding, your child should be able to pedal with plenty of space from their knees to the handlebars.
Durability of the bike is important
Quality kids bikes are well built with sturdy components and need little maintenance to run. Cheaper brands often replace the steel bearings found in hubs, steering tube, and the crank with plastic components that can deform with time or when older members ride them. A good kids bike can last and run smooth for many years.
Not all brands are equal. BYK bikes are Australian and have consistently rated highly amongst parent groups and kids cycling websites.
BYK Bikes - BYK bikes are a leading children's bicycle brand. They have put a lot of thought into their designs for kids and addressing all areas.