Christmas isn't just on the horizon, or around the corner. It's riding full pelt up the street scattering snow, tinsel and fairy lights left right and centre! So if you haven't got presents sorted for your little ones, you'd better get your skates on. Luckily, we're here to help with a selection of bargain kids bikes at low, low prices.
Hoy Meadowbank 24in track bike
Got a budding Lizzie Armitstead or Chris Hoy? Get them off to a good start with this bargain number from Hoy at Evans Cycles. With a good 1/3rd off the price it's a decent bargain, and as it's also fitted with brakes (which can be removed) so it works as a simple, single speed bike for general riding as well.
With scaled-down drop bars, 24in wheels, shorter cranks and smaller brake levers, this is set up to suit small riders. And it looks the business too.
Saracen Poppy Junior 14in 2015 girls' kids' bike
A cute little bike for first time riders. It comes with a fully enclosed chain guard to prevent clothes getting caught, and the brake levers are adjustable to suit little hands. The Saracen Poppy Junior is a singlespeed kids bike with stabilisers already fitted, but who knows – with enough riding over the Christmas hols, your child might be ready to take them off and fly before the new year!
Cube Kid 200 Street Bike 2015
The Cube Kid 200 Street children's bike has a cool name, and some pretty cool parts to match. Aimed with maximum safety in mind, it's got built in lights that run off a hub generator, which runs off pedal power. There are reflectors all over the wheels, and the rear light stays lit even when the bike is stationary. If you're riding in town, this is a pretty good option to go for.
It comes with a three-speed hub gear and coaster brakes, 20in wheels, a kickstand, and integral mudguards. Basically, this could be the perfect bike for riding to school.
Pinnacle Aspen 5 Speed 24 Inch Kids Bike
The Pinnacle Aspen is less a kids bike, and more a scaled down adult bike that's suitable for young riders. 24in wheels come with decent Kendra small-block tyres for grip, and the Tektro brake levers are scaled down to fit smaller hands. Plus it looks pretty darn cool, no?
Specialized Hardrock 2015 mountain bike
The well-tested Specialized Hardrock is a good choice for older and/or taller kids who like a mountain biking adventure or two. With 26in wheels, this hardtail comes with 75mm SR Suntour forks, Shimano seven-speed drivetrain and rim brakes.
Raleigh STARZ 16 (2016)
Who wouldn't love to find this under the Christmas tree this year? In a beautiful midnight blue, and bedecked with stars, the alloy-framed kids bike comes with 16in wheels, easy-reach brakes, a simple-to-maintain singlespeed drivetrain and a kickstand.
There's also an 18in wheel option available for taller kids.
Raleigh Performance 26 Junior Road (2016)
With drop bars, and geometry and sizing designed for smaller riders, the Raleigh Performance is an option for the budding roadies out there. Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes bring the stopping power, the eight-speed drivetrain brings the forward momentum, and it's also available in a 24in version, as well as the 26in pictured here.
Be warned: there aren't many of these left, so if you want one you'll have to be quick.
Early Rider Spherovelo Kids' Balance Bike
Here's a bike for the tiniest riders out there. The Early Rider Spherovelo is a balance bike that's perfect for kids as young as seven months, if they're stable on their feet. The benefit of balance bikes is that children get used to the feeling of balancing on two wheels (or in this case spheres) so the transition to bikes with pedals is less of a jump. Available in red, mint or blue.
Cruzee Balance Bike
Another balance bike, but this time for slightly older kids. The Cruzee Balance Bike is available in a veritable rainbow of colours, comes with 12in wheels and, crucially, the seatpost is long enough to allow your child to pretty much double in height and still be able to use it.