There are few reviews for 20-inch kids' bikes, but the Jamis Starlite (for girls) and Laser (for boys) earn a recommendation from one professional source. Unlike many kids' bikes, the Jamis Starlite and Laser have an aluminum frame that weighs less than their steel-framed competitors. Experts like the comfortable, upright ride, which gives kids a good view in traffic, and a comfortable saddle is another plus. The Jamis bikes include both a hand and coaster brake, which helps kids learn how to use hand brakes, which are found on most adult bikes. The biggest downside is that the Jamis Starlite and Laser are only available at independent bike shops, so they may be harder to find (and more expensive) than kids' bikes sold at mass retailers. However, experts say quality and long-term durability will be better. For slightly younger children, we found good reviews for the 16-inch Schwinn Jasmine or Scorch (*Est. $100).
Reviews for 20-inch kids' bikes are few and far between. Bicycling magazine is the only source for professional reviews in this category, and its reviews are not exceptionally detailed. Since the Jamis bikes are sold at bike shops, there are no user reviews to back up this professional opinion.
1. Bicycling Magazine
Bicycling magazine recommends the Jamis Starlite and Laser in its 2010 Buyer's Guide. Editors like that the bike includes both hand and coaster brakes, and the upright ride and comfy saddle are additional benefits.
Review: Jamis Starlite, Editors of Bicycling magazine, Apr. 2010