From Giant UK:
“I’m looking for a kids bike for Christmas, where should I start?”
If you are looking for a girls bike or boys bike this Christmas, we’ve created some kids bike buying tips to help you choose the right bike – after all there’s nothing more disappointing for a young rider than getting a new bike for Christmas that doesn’t fit or falls apart on the first ride.
Here are some simple do’s and don’ts that can help make choosing a new bike for your child fun and safe;
Buying a kids bike – DO’S;
1. Go to an independent bike retailer to buy your child’s new bicycle for three reasons: (1) The independent bike shop will make sure the bike is the right size for your child (2) the bike will have been assembled by an expert bicycle mechanic – not by someone who usually sells sat-navs or installs car stereos (3) You won’t find yourself trying to learn how to assemble a bike – buy from an independent bike shop and it will be fully assembled by a qualified mechanic, completely ready to ride and enjoy
2. Get your child to straddle the top tube of the bike (the tube that runs from behind the handlebars to beneath the saddle) with his or her feet flat on the ground. This top bar should have at least one to three inches of clearance from your youngsters body
3. Get your child to sit on the saddle and hold the handlebar. The ball’s of your child’s feet must be able to comfortably touch the ground (so they can balance correctly when they roll to a stop or when they are getting moving)
4. When your child grabs the handlebars, check to see if there is a slight bend in his or her elbows – make sure their arms aren’t stretched out (or they won’t have full control or range of movement when steering the bike)
5. Make sure your child can operate the brakes – be certain that your child can reach the brake levers comfortably, and pull them with enough force to stop the bike
6. Get a new cycling helmet at the same time. If your youngster has outgrown an existing bike, chances are the helmet they were wearing is also now too small
Buying a kids bike – DON’TS;
1. Don’t buy a bike that your child will ‘grow into’ – buy a bike that your child can ride safely now
2. Don’t assume your child will like the bike you like. Colour and style are important to you, and they are important to kids too! Let your child help pick out the bike they like to make sure there is no big day disappointment.
3. Don’t buy the cheapest bike you can find. A quality bike has a better resale value when your child outgrows it. Even better a quality kids bike will last longer and can be handed down to younger brothers and sisters as it is outgrown.
For more advice then give us a call on 01202 424945 or pop in for a chat.