Learning to ride a bike is a momentous step in many kids’ lives, but it’s not a simple one-step feat. They have to learn how to balance, how to control the handlebars, how to pedal and how to manage their speed and brakes. To get them on their way, you can start out with a pedal-less bike to teach them the fundamentals before moving up to a bicycle with training wheels. Then, once they have mastered that technique, they may be ready to take to the roads all on their own. For every step of the way, FN found the top kids’ bikes you should have in your garage.
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1. Schwinn Elm Bike
Schwinn implements its Smart Start format into this bike, a redesign of bike geometry to better match a child’s body type.
Pros: This bike is offered in six different sizes, with and without training wheels for varying levels of expertise. It comes with a two-brake system for ultimate speed control. An adjustable saddle allows the bike to grow with your kid and a front basket provides an easy space to hold bags and belongings on longer rides.
Cons: The handbrake may be harder to squeeze or control for younger kids.
2. Retrospec Cub No Pedal Bicycle
Retrospec designed this bike for kids ages 20 months up to 5 years, who are learning the fundamentals of riding a bike.
Pros: With no pedals, kids instead use their feel to propel forward or slow down, to master the balance of a bicycle. The durable tires are airless, so they won’t pop or deflate, and the high-tensile-strength steel frame is hard to break.
Cons: This bike may be too small for taller toddlers.
3. Dynacraft Magna Major Damage Bike
Dynacraft’s bike comes equipped with a sturdy steel frame with a padded handlebar for comfort.
Pros: Complete with a rear coaster brake system and removable training wheels, the brand decorates these bikes with unique designs and accents, such as pompom handles and pops of graphic art.
Cons: This bike may require more assembly than similar products.