When it's time for the training wheels to come off, you want to make sure that your kids have the very best bike possible. In many ways, finding the perfect kids' bike is much the same process as shopping for an adult bike. Factors such as the terrain your child will primarily be riding on, their riding style and their age all come into play. So whether your young one is pining for a BMX bike or looking to hit the trails with a mountain bike, read on for some inspiration!
Suitable for a boy or girl, the "Rowdy" 20-inch kids bike from Raleigh can handle the longest summer days and the roughest terrain that your young ones can dish out. With a durable aluminum frame and fork, the Rowdy utilizes a subtly sloped top tube for easy dismounting and standing when stopped. The "Jr. Mountain" saddle ensures a comfortable ride on the bumpiest of roads. Six speeds are included on the drivetrain, perfect for those steep hills, while the gear levers are located right on the handlebars for easy shifting. In addition, the high-tech V-brakes ensure quick stopping power and efficient handling. Available in a slick silver and blue color combo, the Rowdy is the perfect all-purpose bike for a variety of terrains and conditions.
Available in both boys' and girls' versions, the "Hidden Canyon" bike from Marin combines excellent durability with trail ready features. Designed to be a mountain bike for kids that can ride just as well as an adult bike, the Hidden Canyon is loaded with features that will have your young one tagging along on your next adventure. Featuring an aluminum frame with "double butted" construction for extra durability for those bumpy trails, the Hidden Canyon also features an "XCT" Junior suspension fork with around 40 millimeters of travel, plenty even for adult mountain bike standards. The double crankset gives your young one the ability to use fourteen gear combinations; excellent for when flatland turns into a steep hill. The linear pull handbrakes make for responsive braking, while the long lasting tires are great on the road and the dirt.
A great all-around bike for a variety of terrains, the "Contessa" bike from Scott features an extra-durable aluminum frame and T20 suspension frame, able to take up to 50 millimeters of travel. With intuitive twist shifters enabling the use of six different gears, your little one can handle the hills just as well as the flat land. Linear, pull-style brakes enable careful speed control, while the guard positioned over the chain ring prevents pant hems from getting caught in the chain. A convenient kickstand makes for easy storage, while the BMX-style pedals allow your young one the ability to attempt some gnarly tricks. Available in a fun green and white color scheme, the Contessa will help your kid cruise the block in style!