Buying a bike

Buying a bike for your child

Getting the right bike for your child is crucial to make sure they have the most fun possible

Follow our golden rules:

  • Visit your local cycle shop where staff will be able to give you the best advice.
  • Watch out for bikes that are comparitively cheap as they are often made of cheap and heavy materials. Try to spend a little more or buy a second hand bike.
  • Buy a bike that fits your child now. It’s not practical or safe to give your child a bike which they will grow into.
  • Try the brakes using your little finger – that’s equivalent to your child’s grip strength.
  • Involve your child in the process. They will love helping and learning how the bike works.
  • Buy a bike that your child will love. If they don’t like it they may not ride it!

For further information, take a look at Sustrans guide to buying the right bike and kit.