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How to Choose a Bike for a Three-Year-Old Child

Choosing bicycle for kids can be a hard task for parents, as we didn’t have such a wide variety of models in our childhood. Recently I chose a bicycle for my three-years-old niece. I studied a huge amount of information beforehand, and as a result, the bike I’ve chosen suited the child perfectly.

Among the numerous articles, I found this one especially helpful, as it contains a comparative table, reviews of popular bikes for three-years-old kids and buyer’s guide. In this post I'd like to share my experience with the readers. So, which characteristics should you pay attention to when choosing a bike for kids?

Gender

There are bikes for boys and for girls. The main difference is the height of the frame. The frame on the girls’ bikes is significantly lower. But it doesn’t mean that it is very high on the boys’ bikes. The frame will be tilted downwards in any case.

Frame and Fork Material

Steel: heavier and cheaper material. The use of steel can increase the general weight of the bike by 4.5 — 6.5 pounds.

Aluminum: Slightly more expensive, but much lighter material.

Brakes

Foot brakes: Can become the first good brakes for the child until they learn to back-pedal with the help of handles on the steering wheel. In general, this brake is enough for kids, though dubbing it in the form of the front brake is very useful.

Disc brakes: A choice for those who want the best options. They stop the bike better and faster, it is more easy to press the brake handle. They also are more useful in bad/sludge weather.

Number of Speeds

A large number of speeds isn’t always good. Usually a child doesn’t need more than 7 types. Some people even choose bikes with 1 speed type so that the child can’t break anything. Kids also don’t quite understand how to use speeds. The less speeds there are, the lighter the bike is. But if the child will have a lot of uphills and downhills on their way, speeds can be very helpful.

Suspension

Children’s bicycles can often be equipped with boings. Overall, they will be quite helpful with absorbing the bumps in the steering wheel. But in most cases, it is not necessary for riding in the city. The quality of such boings is usually very low.

Weight

According to Cute Little Darling, the lighter the bike is, the easier it is for parents to carry it and for kids to use it. Safety also depends on it. In general, all the bikes weight about the same. So in terms of weight, pay attention to the frame and fork material (aluminum is lighter, steel is heavier) and also to the presence of additional accessories (that can make it heavier).

Accessories

Everything that you want may be installed on the bike on the factory or you can buy it later yourself: fenders, bell, bottle, soft patches for protection, parking support, chain guard, additional small wheels.

Bicycle Adjustments

For more comfort, don’t forget to adjust the position and height of the seat, as well as position and height of the steering wheel (but it is possible only on very few types of bikes, as there is no need in it in the bicycles of the right size).

That’s it! Now you can choose your child the perfect bike as a real professional.

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