Getting your first bike is a big deal, and if you’re like us, you probably never thought much about what you need to know when it’s time to buy one. Here’s what we learned.
The right size
Make sure your child can touch their feet on the ground on both sides of the bike while standing over the crossbar. Bikes that are too big or too small can be hard to handle, hence safety hazards.
Themed/ Stylized bikes
There are lots of options, characters, licensed razzle dazzle in the bike market, but for the first bike, keep bike safety and learning in mind. A bike is a bike, not a star ship or a horse-drawn carriage, so make sure any extras don’t distract your child from paying attention while they’re riding.
Each child may have something different that they find most comfortable, and there are different seats available. Get the one your child feels most comfortable on. Which leads us to the most important one..
TAKE YOUR CHILD WITH YOU!
While its tempting to present said bike as a surprise you take home, sizing, seat selection and comfort level are very important. We wouldn’t have picked the right one instinctively, and what he got was perfect for him.
Aren’t sold in sizes, they are sold in ages. Another good reason your child needs to be with you to try it on. Your child’s head may be bigger or smaller than the standard age sizing and you want it to fit properly according to the fit instructions provided with the helmets.
If you’re buying second-hand, you’re set to go, but if you’re buying new, kids’ bikes need some assembly so you’re not going to be hitting the park right out of the store unless you get a floor model.
Ready to Ride? Wait, not yet! Don’t forget to teach your kids about Bike Safety and set some ground rules. Learn more on bike safety for kids from the Canada Safety Council here.