What the best kids' bikes have

  • Removable training wheels. These will help your child become comfortable on two wheels.
  • Adjustable seat. It is important to find a bike that can grow with your child.
  • Reliable braking system. Coaster brakes should be standard on all kids' bikes. The inclusion of hand brakes allows children to learn larger bikes.
  • Safety features. Your child's bicycle should include reflectors, bright colors and a bell (or horn).

Know before you go

How tall is your child? Although age is the general guideline for selecting a bike, height is the most important factor to consider when choosing the correct size bike for your child. An easy way to check for fit: The child should be able to stand over the bicycle with about an inch or two between the cross bar and his or her crotch. About.com's guide to bicycling posts a handy chart for choosing a properly sized kids' bike.

What's your budget? Just like full-sized bikes, kids models come in a wide variety at a wide range of prices. Also like full-sized bikes, quality often correlates directly with price.

Kids Bikes Runners Up:

Strider ST-4 PREbike Est. $100

3 picks including: Amazon.com, The New York Times…

Jamis Laser (Starlite) Est. $215

2 picks including: Bicycling Magazine, MTBR.com…

Radio Flyer Classic Dual-Deck Tricycle Est. $60

2 picks including: Amazon.com, Target.com…

Huffy Pro Thunder (So Sweet) Est. $85

1 pick including: Amazon.com…

Schwinn Grit (Petunia) Est. $100

1 pick including: Amazon.com, ToysRUs.com…

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Strider ST-4 (TM) Toddler Pre-Bikes - Yellow / One Size
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Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle
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Huffy Boy's Pro Thunder Bike (12-Inch, Silver/Blue)
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Schwinn Girls' Petunia 12-inch Steerable Bike
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New: $119.99 $84.62   
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