What is the best bike for my child?
Updated: Feb 26, 2021
Kids bikes are all about fun. Children should use them to gather experiences and memories. And they should experience the freedom that only a bike can offer. It is definitely a great feeling to watch your child when they drive away for the first time. It is equally great when you ride with him for the first time and when it develops pedal by pedal. Finding the right (and coolest) bike for your own kids is not always easy. In this blog we have put together what to look for when choosing the right kids bike, and what kind of kids bikes and services TRI-BIKE ARUBA has to offer. You can also find information on suitable accessories.
What bike does my child need?
Parents don't ask this question just once. The answer is not easy, however. There is a wide range of children's bikes to choose from and just making a rough selection can be difficult.
The most important requirement is that the bike corresponds to the purpose and riding ability of your child. For example: most children only drive short distances in the neighborhood. For them, bikes without unnecessary functions like gears are best suited. As children get older and develop more skills, they can choose from different types of bikes with many different functions.
Balance bikes – SE Bikes Micro Ripper
Balance bikes combine the riding characteristics of a bicycle with that of a scooter. They're kind of a mixture of both. In the past few years, balance bikes have grown in popularity. The reason: more and more parents have realized that keeping your balance is more important than learning to pedal. Balance bikes have no pedals. Small children can simply push off their feet on the ground and pick up speed. Riding on a balance bike trains balance and later makes the use of training wheels (almost) superfluous. Balance bikes are the best bikes for toddlers and will make the transition to a pedaled bike easier for them. At TRI-BIKE ARUBA we have some great balance bikes in stock, like the Micro Ripper (AWG 399) from SE Bikes.
12 inch bikes – Trek Precaliber 12
Precaliber 12 is the perfect first bike for little riders who are ahead of the curve and ready for two wheels at a younger age than most. It has a handle built into the saddle so you can guide them as they ride, and tool-free training wheels that are super easy to install and remove. It's a great fit for kids ages 3-4, between 86 and 102 cm tall. The Precaliber 12 is starting at AWG 549.
16 inch bikes – Trek Precaliber 16
Teaching and learning to ride is a breeze with Precaliber 16. This kid-friendly bike also has a handle integrated right into the saddle so you can help guide your child while they ride, plus a coaster brake and tool-less training wheels that can be installed and removed at the turn of a dial. Plus, the lightweight aluminum frame is easy to maneuver. It's a great fit for kids ages 4-5 between 99 and 117 cm tall and available for AWG 639.
20 inch bikes – Trek Precaliber 20
Precaliber 20 (AWG 739) will have your little rider begging to go out for a pedal on their first real big kid bike. It's a great transition model from training wheels. It has one speed, a coaster brake, and a saddle with an integrated handle that can be swapped out for a light mount.
The Precaliber 20 7-Speed (AWG 859) is a versatile kids' bike for young adventurers. It has a lightweight frame and quality components like a front suspension fork, 7-speed gearing, and hand brakes that are perfectly sized to better fit small riders. Both Precaliber 20 bikes are suitable for kids ages 6-8, between 114 and 132 cm tall.
24 inch bikes – Trek Precaliber 24
Precaliber 24 8-Speed (AWG 929) is a classic kids' bike with great style, performance, and durability. It has the simplicity of an 8-speed drivetrain and intuitive twist shift that makes it easy for kids to ride varied terrain. Plus, the strong yet lightweight aluminum frame stands up to even the roughest riders.
The Precaliber 24 8-Speed with suspension (AWG 949) is a versatile kids' bike built for young adventurers who love riding off the pavement and into the dirt. It has a sturdy yet light aluminum frame with a performance suspension fork and an 8-speed drivetrain perfect for racing home from school, zipping through the woods, and riding trails and paths with family.
Both Precaliber 24 are suitable for kids ages 8-12, between 130 and 150 cm tall.
What else does my child need?
Nobody should ride without a helmet! Safety on the bike is fundamental. Therefore, children should ride with a helmet from the start.
In terms of safety, the right lighting also plays a role. Bells, baskets, bags, etc. are other accessories that will help your child experience their own freedom on the bike.