Buying a Bike for Your Child
BUY A BIKE THAT FITS YOUR CHILD NOW
It’s good to have one they can grow into but don’t risk putting them off by forcing them onto a bike they are unable to control easily. Getting the correct size ensures your child will feel safer and more comfortable when riding. Plus they will use the bikes much more often.
KNOW THE HEIGHT OF YOUR CHILD
This is essential information to get the right sized bike for them should you come into the store without your child. 10cm makes a huge difference.
RESPECT YOUR CHILD’S FAVOURITE COLOUR BUT ONLY WHEN PRACTICAL
They will enjoy the bike more if they feel good about its appearance. However if you have specific demands of the bikes performance that should come first.
HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT THE CHILD WILL USE THE BIKE FOR
Is it for riding off road and in the mountains or street riding to school. This will reflect on the options available best suited for that type of riding. Choose the bike that is suitable for the roughest application they will use it for.
HELMETS ARE ESSENTIAL AND A LIFE SAVER
Knowing the size of the child’s head is useful if they are not with you at the time of purchase. You can measure the head circumference with a piece of string and then use this measurement to find the right helmet fit. This way it will ensure a snug and secure fit.
QUALITY BRAKES ARE CRUCIAL
Be sure to get one that has good brakes, more specifically brakes that are predominantly more alloy than steel to prevent them from flexing instead of stopping.
REGULAR MAINTENANCE WILL HELP THE BIKE LAST
Keep your child safe and serve your child well. For the on-going maintenance of your child’s bike, our workshop mechanics can help ensure your bike is in the best possible shape, making your ride as safe as possible.
HAND ME DOWNS ARE NOT A BAD THING
It might be worth spending a little more and getting a better quality bike if it is going to last longer and be handed down to siblings.
Check out this handy chart to determine which bike wheel size is best for your child. https://www.bikebarn.co.nz/size-guides