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Old 10-26-10, 08:34 AM
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Advice on children bicycle

My little girl is 3+ and has mastered the tricycle. I promised her that I will get her a "big girl" bike. Any advice on what to look for? 18" too big?
Prefer something that can scale along as she grows to 5-6. I dunno. Real clueless about children bicycles.
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Old 10-26-10, 10:45 AM
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There are various guides to fitting a child's bike. They all match wheel size to age. A good one is Whycycle.

Many childrens bikes are very heavy, have solid rubber wheels and bushings instead of ball bearings.
The best childs bike on the UK market is Islabikes Cnoc.
My neice had a starter bike bought from a French department store which was similar in quality, ie much better than the typical toyshop/discount store product.
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Old 10-26-10, 11:59 AM
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OK thanks.
Would reverse pedal braking better for young child or regular hand brakes are fine?
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Old 10-27-10, 08:18 AM
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Make sure the brake lever is small enough and stiff enough. Reverse pedal brakes allow small children to apply more braking force but it is a rare feature.
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A coaster brake would be preferable for small hands. But it would be unusable when the child is actually learning to ride 2 wheels. Proper size for a kid that is learning 2-wheels is short enough that he/she can sit on the saddle with both feet on the ground. You're not going to use 'training wheels' are you? They learn balance by taking off the pedals and paddling around by foot until they learn to push and coast. Kids will never learn balance as long as the bike has 4 wheels, because they don't have to. In fact, they *can't* learn to balance properly as long as training wheels are there to interfere with leaning.
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For the first few years, you might consider a series of used bikes rather than buying new bikes and trying to make each bike last longer.

Here is my first bike.



I had already taught myself to safely ride a Schwinn Pixie. But this 24" bike was obviously too large and required learning to ride all over again, and in a rougher and bloodier manner because falling off the bike was the only way to stop it at first.

I eventually grew into it, but things could have been more pleasant if it had been a series of bikes more suited to my size.
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Our younger grandson started riding his big brother's outgrown 12 inch Giant (with training wheels) at 2 & 1/4. Daddy took the training wheels off at age 3. At 3 & 1/2 he started riding the 16 inch bikes. Now I need to get a good 20 inch bike for the big brother.
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