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The first bike is something special for every child. After the first balance bike or Bobby Car moving on to one’s first own bike is a great desire of many children. Being mobile yourself, going on a discovery tour or racing with friends are activities children love most. When buying a children's bike, you have to pay attention to the right size. Getting a child's bike in the wrong size can lead to frustration instead of happiness in your child. Apart from the right size, you should also be aware of safety-relevant aspects. Good brakes and high-quality workmanship of all components of the bicycle are important for the safety of your child. Furthermore, you should also keep in mind to equip your little one with a suitable bicycle helmet!

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Bicycle for children

The first bike is something special for every child. After the first balance bike or Bobby Car moving on to one’s first own bike is a great desire of many children. Being mobile yourself, going on a discovery tour or racing with friends are activities children love most. When buying a children's bike, you have to pay attention to the right size. Getting a child's bike in the wrong size can lead to frustration instead of happiness in your child. Apart from the right size, you should also be aware of safety-relevant aspects. Good brakes and high-quality workmanship of all components of the bicycle are important for the safety of your child. Furthermore, you should also keep in mind to equip your little one with a suitable bicycle helmet! More information >

The first children's bike

For children, the first bike truly is something special. Doing bike races or accompanying parents on a stroll while outrunning or overtaking them are just a few things that turn cycling into a fun excitement for children. Every child can learn to ride a bicycle, even at a young age. With the right children's bike, you can contribute to making your child's learning process easier and providing the necessary safety. Both size and weight of the bike must match with your child, the children's bike must be equipped with child-friendly features and it should be visually appealing to your child.

Children often have a very clear idea of ​​what they like. A children's bike that does not find your little one’s approval will soon be neglected and left unnoticed in a corner. Therefore, please pay attention to the wishes of your child. A well-known brand for quality children's bikes for all ages is Puky. Children's bicycles ranging in size from 12 to 18 inches are considered as toys and not means of transport.

These bicycles may not be used on roads or cycle paths. Children riding a bike of this size are allowed to do so on the pavement. For this reason, these models often do not have a lighting system. Toy bicycles only serve as a tool for learning to ride a bicycle later on. When your child is older, has reached an appropriate size and is able to handle the toy bike securely, s/he can move on to a street bike for children.

Tips for buying a children's bike

Safety is the most important aspect when buying a child’s bike. If you know for sure that the bike meets all the necessary safety criteria, you will be more relaxed watching your child's first attempts at riding the new bike.

  • Good brakes are essential for safety. These must work properly and be easy to use by children. Please keep in mind that your child's hands are much smaller than your own hands and that children are not as strong as adults.
  • The size of the frame is determined by the height of your child. For children's bikes from 12 to 18 inches, a distinction between boy and girl is not necessary. Make sure that the bike does not have a high entry. A deep entry makes it easier for your child to get on and off the bike.
  • Height of saddle and handlebar: In addition to the size of the bike’s frame, both the height of the handlebar and saddle must match with the size of your child. When purchasing a children’s bike, you need to pay attention to sufficient adjustment facility, so that you can adjust the bike individually to your child.
  • Tires are an important safety factor. The tires of a child's bike must feature good road holding as well as good grip on different grounds. Shocks caused by bumpy roads should be cushioned by the tires. A width of approx. 47 mm is ideal.

Finding the right size

As already mentioned above, the size of the bike depends on the body height of your child. Although adjustable saddles and handlebars do offer some scope, the size of the frame in inches must be based on your child's current height. Do not buy a children's bike that is too big for your little one and requires him or her to grow into. Wheels that are too big make it quite difficult for your child to cycle properly. In the worst case, your child loses control which makes an accident almost inevitable. Simply sell your child's bike that has become too small on the flea market, and then buy the next larger bike.

When choosing the right bike size, the inside leg length of your child is crucial. This is how you can take the inside leg length of your child: Your child stands with his/her back to a wall and places a book between his/her legs as to simulate the saddle of the bicycle. Now you have to measure the distance from the floor straight up to the top edge of the book and thus get your child’s inside leg length in centimetres. Based on the measured inside leg length you can now determine the correct size of the bike’s frame.

In addition to this, the height of your child needs to be considered, too. The bike’s frame size is specified in inches. An inside leg length of about 40 cm and a body height of about 95 cm are suitable for a children's bike with 12 inches. By using synoptical tables you can easily read the frame size.

Puky – the specialist for children's bicycles

Children's bikes by Puky are known for their quality. Puky’s wheels do not only make a good visual impression, they also convince by their functionality and workmanship. Being specially designed for children, Puky children's bikes are made to meet all the demands on a child's bike. The geometry of the frame is specially designed for children and enables your child to have a safe, comfortable and healthy sitting position. Safety doesn’t come off badly either. Thanks to premium materials and high-quality workmanship, Puky children's bikes have a long service life. A children's bike by Puky is available in different sizes that range from 12 to 18 inches. Children's street bikes by Puky are available in sizes that range from 20 to 24 inches.

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