How to Choose Your Kid’s First Bicycle – Part 1
Who doesn’t remember their first bicycle? Without a doubt, it’s one of the most important gifts a kid can receive. It brings them instant joy and parents can’t help but join in the excitement as they anticipate helping their kids take their first steps.
Bikes are one of the most demanded gifts. They always make an appearance in Santa’s letters, so much so we bet they take all the space in Santa’s sleigh. Sadly, when they aren’t chosen correctly, they can be a bit of a headache. The last thing you want is having to explain to an expectant child that they won’t get to use the bike just yet because you’ll have to make a quick trip to the store to get some adjustments.
A Delicate Choice
So, child’ bikes are smaller, cuter, and basically all you have to decide is which colour to get it in, right?
They can’t possibly be as complicated as buying an adult bike, right? Wrong. When choosing a bike for a child you have to be extra careful. Not only because you absolutely have to avoid any accidents, but because the wrong choice will lead to an unhappy association in the child’s mind and you would have turned them off of bikes forever.
Avoid buying off the internet. Research online all you want, but the best way to do this is by going to an actual bicycle store and getting an expert to assist you. Let them know your concerns and pay attention to their recommendations before deciding on a model.
It often happens that parents think that you have to prioritize the age of the kid, when in fact the height is just as important. Depending on how tall the kid is, you will have to choose the bike’s size. And since not all humans are the same height at the same age, sometimes it’s best to completely disregard how old the child is.
Another mistake is thinking that you have to get just one bike and forget about it until they’re old enough to buy their own. Children grow all the time. Seasoned parents know most products have an expiration date. By all means, get a bike for your child today, but please make sure you update it as they grow.
A Money Issue
Normally children’s bikes do not get totalled by the kids. So, once a bicycle has fallen into the “too small” category, you can always go online to find a buyer for second-hand bikes or even donate them, which will free up some space in your garage. Then you can get started with the process of buying a new bike that truly fits your kid’s new size.
It’s all about evolution. Your child’s bike is evolving along with them. To know if the size is correct, in addition to listening to your local store’s staff, try to also use logic. Look at how they fit in their current bike. A child’s feet should barely reach the ground, their hands must reach the handlebars comfortably, and they should end up and semi-flexed state. If they have to bend awkwardly or stretch too much, they’re using the wrong size.