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Schwinn Koen 16" Kids Bike - Blue
$299.00
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Schwinn Koen 16" Kids Bike - Blue
  • Recommended ages: 3-7 years (Rider height 95-120cm)
  • Steel frame and fork
  • Adjustable saddle height
  • Easy to use rear coaster (back-pedal) brake and front handbrake.
  • Included extras: number plate, training wheels, bell, chainguard
  • Sold fully assembled
$299.00
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16" Schwinn Roadster - Red
$299.00
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Giant Talon 24" Kids Bike - Panther (2024)
$549.00
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$549.00
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Giant Talon JR 20" Kids Bike - Muscat Blanc (2024)
$529.00
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GT Siren 12" Kids Bike - Pink
$249.00 $299.00
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Liv STP 20" Kids Bike - Dusted Peri (2024)
$799.00
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Liv STP 20" Kids Bike - Dusted Peri (2024)
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Ideal terrain: Bike paths, trails, pump tracks
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Front suspension with 60mm Travel
  • Shimano 7-Speed Gears with Twist Shifter
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • 20x2.20” Knobby Tread Tyres for on- and off-road terrain
  • Sold fully assembled
$799.00
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Liv STP 24" Kids Bike - Deep Lake (2024)
$929.00
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$929.00
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Liv Tempt 20" Kids Bike - Blue (2024)
$529.00
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Liv Tempt 20" Kids Bike - Blue (2024)
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Ideal terrain: Bike paths, rail trails
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Front suspension with 30mm Travel
  • Shimano 7-Speed Gears with Twist Shifter
  • Front and rear V brakes
  • 20x1.95” Versatile Knobby Tread Tyres for on- and off-road terrain
  • Extras included: Mudguards, bell and kickstand
$529.00
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Liv Tempt 24" Kids bike - Silver (2024)
$549.00
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$549.00
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Liv Tempt Disc 24" Kids Bike - Starry Night (2024)
$649.00
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$649.00
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Schwinn Elm 16" Kids Bike - Teal
$299.00
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20" ByK E450 3 Speed MTR - Silver/Red
$589.00
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$589.00
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CHOOSING A KIDS BIKE

You’re likely reading this because you’re most likely as confused about kids bike sizing as most parents we get through our stores. Understable, because kids bike sizing isn’t simple! There are several factors to consider in choosing the right kids bike.

And yes, you can pop into one of the chain stores and pick one up for a fraction of the cost.

But: Buying from a bike store makes a huge difference.

We’ve seen kids start on chain store bikes and have their growth hindered. Once they’re on a proper bike (that’s light, fits them better and is easy to ride), they actually begin to love riding a lot more.

So, in this article we’ll try and help you understand what to look for (keep scrolling all the way down).

THE FIT

The best way to shop for a new kids bike is with your child - in person. Would you buy a pair of shoes without trying them on first? Probably not unless you know exactly what you’re buying - but most people don’t.

The same with kids bikes.

Kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some have long legs, or long arms or short torsos.

And so do kids’ bikes.

I’ll give you a comparison between our 2 most popular kids bikes:

Both the Mongoose Mitygoose and Giant Animator come in 16-inch sizes, which we recommend for kids between 4-6 years old.

They are both 16” kids bikes, so you’d assume they are the same size. Right?

No.

They are very different sizes.

That’s because the frame size is different between the brands - even though the wheels (in this case 16” diameter) are exactly the same.

This is where most parents get confused. The wheel size is the same. But the right fit isn’t about wheels, it’s about the frame.

THE 1ST BIKE - BALANCE OR PEDAL?

If you’re after a black and white answer - a balance bike.

Most kids struggle with the actual pedalling motion. Then there’s the steering part. Then the balancing part. So, as you can tell there’s quite a few layers to riding a pedal bike.

With a balance bike, kids have to focus on the balance part - they don’t get a choice. It forces them to find their balance point.

We use this technique with older kids too; take the pedals off and use the bike as a balance bike.


A couple of great options are:

There is a “but” though:

If your child has good coordination. And they’ve adapted to pedalling already from a trike or similar, then they’ll be fine with a pedal bike. Just make sure they don’t rely on the training wheels for too long.


THE FRAME & COMPONENTS

There are 2 types of frames - steel and aluminium alloy (or alloy for short).

Steel corrodes more easily than frames made from alloy. It’s also heavier. Heavy = harder to ride. But it is cheaper.

Examples of this include the:

Malvern Star Radmax and the Royal Baby Macaron range.

Aluminium is the opposite. It’s lighter and therefore easier for kids to manoeuvre around.

But the frame isn’t the full story.

Some kids bikes will have an aluminium alloy frame but the rest of the parts might be made from steel.

That’s one of the biggest reasons why certain kids’ bikes cost more. They utilise more alloy components therefore making the bike lighter.

But what are “components”?

It’s stuff like handlebars, seat posts, cranks, rims and hubs.

BITUMEN, GRAVEL OR MIXED?

Another consideration is where will your kid’s new bike be used?

If it’s smooth concrete and bitumen bike paths:

Ideally the bike will have narrower tyres and a rigid (no suspension) bike. Narrower tyres have less rolling resistance and a bike without suspension means it’s going to respond faster.

Plus, having suspension on sealed bike paths is a bit of a waste.

Bikes like the:

Are going to be on the lighter end of our range and perfect for most inner city or sealed bike paths.

For kids riding on a lot of dirt or gravel the tyres need to be wider and more aggressive in the tread profile to deliver more grip. Suspension is also preferred.

So if this is the main terrain that your child rides on, then check out these options:

Keep in mind that the above options will still be fine for riding on bike paths, it’s just that they are more capable than the rest of our kids bike range.

For mixed terrain, we’re gonna assume it’s going to be smooth dirt and gravel transitioning over to concrete.

The above options will still be fine, but if you’re after a bike on the lighter side (without suspension) then these are the bikes that’ll be worth considering: