There's nothing more idyllic, fun or empowering than a childhood spent messing about and exploring on bikes! And the good news is, not only is there plenty of choice for kids of every age, but there are also plenty of bargain bikes to be found so you can save a few pennies for that post-ride ice cream.
Kiddimoto Curve balance bike —
Balance bikes are blooming genius inventions that mean kids get used to that balanced feeling on a bike before adding pedals, gears and brakes, which does away with the need for stabilisers further down the line.
But this bike brings so much more with it than simply riding. This is a bike for PIRATES! There's also a police and fire brigade version if you prefer.
Kona Hula 2017 kid's bike —
The Hula got a redesign for 2017, and giving it a lower standover height makes things a whole lot more comfortable for shorter legs.
You can benefit from this updated version for fewer pennies right now too as it's in the sales.
Commencal Junior Yellow 2017 kid's full-suspension mountain bike —
Know a junior rider who rips? Give them a bike that has all the capabilities of an adult bike but in a smaller size.
A seriously well-specc'd bike and a good choice for kids aged 10 to 13 years old.
Early Rider Trail Runner —
If you've got a budding Rachel Atherton or Danny Hart, then start them cultivating those off-road skills at an early age with an off-road balance bike.
If you tend to ride in your local woods, off road, or at your local trail centre, then this is a good choice because the knobbly tyres will give great traction in mud, dirt and on slippery slopes. Before you know it, they'll be zooming down little grass banks and rolling over rocks, sticks and little drops.
We've included this bike in our Best kid's bikes buyer's guide.
GT Team Comp BMX bike 2017 —
A BMX is still a great choice for any kid. They're perfect for playing in your local area, and if there's a pump track nearby then hours of fun can be had learning to pump the terrain, jump, wheelie, manual etc — all of which are great skills to have.
This quality offering from GT Bicycles is influenced by BMXer Jason Phelan and channels his own unique style.
Early Rider Lite 12 kid's balance bike —
This balance bike is lightweight as it's made of wood, which also adds flex to the frame, making it a more forgiving and comfortable ride than a lot of cheap balance bikes.
The seat height is adjustable, so it can grow with your child, and the wood itself is weatherproof so will handle the hard wear we're sure it'll get. It's suitable for preschool children aged from 18 months up to three years, depending on height.
This is another suggestion from our Best kid's bikes buyer's guide.
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