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Mongoose Racer X 20" Kids Bike - Red
$287.20 $359.00
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$287.20 $359.00
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Jamis Lady Bug 12" Kids Balance Bike - Pink
$119.20 $149.00
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Jamis Lady Bug 12" Kids Balance Bike - Pink
  • Recommended ages: 2-4
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and fork
  • Adjustable seat height
  • No-pedal design helps your child learn to balance, making the transition to pedal bikes easier
  • Sold fully assembled
$119.20 $149.00
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ByK E-540x9 Gravel 24" Kids Bike - Slate Grey/Gold
$839.20 $1,049.00
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$839.20 $1,049.00
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ByK E-450 20" Kids Bike - Green
$375.20 $469.00
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ByK E-450 20" Kids Bike - Green
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and fork
  • Single Speed Gears
  • Rear coaster brake and front & rear hand brakes
  • 20” Slick Tread Tyres
  • Extras included: Kickstand, bell
  • Sold fully assembled
$375.20 $469.00
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ByK E-450 20" Kids Bike - Blue
$375.20 $469.00
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ByK E-450 20" Kids Bike - Blue
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and fork
  • Single Speed Gears
  • Rear coaster brake and front & rear hand brakes
  • 20” Slick Tread Tyres
  • Extras included: Kickstand, bell
  • Sold fully assembled
$375.20 $469.00
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ByK E-350 18" Kids Bike - Pretty Pink
$327.20 $409.00
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ByK E-350 18" Kids Bike - Pretty Pink
  • Recommended ages: 4-6 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and steel fork
  • Adjustable saddle height
  • Rear coaster (back-pedal) brake and front & rear hand brakes
  • Included extras: protective pad set, chain guard, bell
  • Sold fully assembled
$327.20 $409.00
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Haro Flightline 7 speed 20" Kids Bike - Red
$439.20 $549.00
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Haro Flightline 7 speed 20" Kids Bike - Red
  • Recommended ages: 6-8 years
  • Ideal terrain: Bike paths, trails
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Front suspension with 30mm Travel
  • Shimano 7-speed gears with twist shifter
  • Front & Rear hand brakes
  • 20x2.00” knobby tread tyres for off-road terrain
  • Sold fully assembled
$439.20 $549.00
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GT Grunge 16" Kids Bike - Navy Blue
$279.20 $349.00
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GT Grunge 16" Kids Bike - Navy Blue
  • Recommended ages: 4-6 years
  • Aluminium frame with steel fork
  • Easy to use coaster (back-pedal) brakes
  • Training wheels teach balance and build confidence
  • Includes training wheels, bell, rear mudguard, chainguard
  • Sold fully assembled
$279.20 $349.00
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GT Grunge 16" Kids Bike - Black
$279.20 $349.00
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GT Grunge 16" Kids Bike - Black
  • Recommended ages: 4-6 years
  • Aluminium frame with steel fork
  • Easy to use coaster (back-pedal) brakes
  • Training wheels teach balance and build confidence
  • Includes training wheels, bell, rear mudguard, chainguard
  • Sold fully assembled
$279.20 $349.00
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Apollo Neo+ 20" 7 Speed Kids Bike - Black/Red
$492.00 $615.00
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Apollo Neo+ 20" 7 Speed Kids Bike - Black/Red
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Front suspension with 40mm Travel
  • 7-Speed Shimano Gears with Grip-Shifter
  • Mechanical Disc Brakes
  • 20x1.95” Knobby Tread Tyres
  • Extras included: Kickstand, bell
  • Sold fully assembled
$492.00 $615.00
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Kidvelo Rookie 18" Kids Balance Bike - Azure Blue
$343.20 $429.00
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Kidvelo Rookie 18" Kids Balance Bike - Azure Blue
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and fork
  • Adjustable seat height and handlebar height
  • Easy to use coaster (back-pedal) brakes and hand brakes
  • 2-in 1: Converts from balance bike to pedal bike in minutes!
  • Sold fully assembled (pedals not attached)
$343.20 $429.00
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Kidvelo Rookie 18" Kids Balance Bike - Neon Red
$343.20 $429.00
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Kidvelo Rookie 18" Kids Balance Bike - Neon Red
  • Recommended ages: 5-8 years
  • Lightweight aluminium frame and fork
  • Adjustable seat height and handlebar height
  • Easy to use coaster (back-pedal) brakes and hand brakes
  • 2-in 1: Converts from balance bike to pedal bike in minutes!
  • Sold fully assembled (pedals not attached)
$343.20 $429.00
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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: