Kids Bikes: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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Babble Best: Kids Bikes
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentBabble.com, a parenting website, has the best reviews of kids' bikes. This recent group test evaluates more than 12 kids' bikes in a variety of age groups, including balance bikes for toddlers and bikes for big kids. The review is based on hands-on testing, and editors point out the downsides for each bike. The Wishbone Bike is deemed the best choice overall.
Balance Bikes for Kids
by Beth Weinhouse
Our AssessmentParenting magazine discusses the growing trend of balance bikes in this recent article. In addition to offering sizing tips, editors recommend six balance bikes for toddlers, including the popular Skuut and Strider bikes. Reviews are brief, however, and it's not clear whether these bikes have been personally evaluated.
by Editors of Bicycling magazine
Our AssessmentBicycling magazine did not include kids bikes in the 2011 edition of its annual buyer's guide. Reviews from the 2010 buyer's guide are still useful, but we would have liked to have seen updated picks this year. Each bicycle receives a brief review, although the bikes are not compared or rated in any way.
We Take Extreme Wheels for a Spin
by Sam Carlisle
Our AssessmentBritain's The Sun newspaper enlists the help of an 8-year-old boy to test out a variety of riding toys, including the Razor RipRider 360 and several scooters. Although the tester says the Disney Cars Drift Skidder is too small, he declares the Razor RipRider 360 his favorite and "really, really fun." The Sun's tester also likes the Tony Hawk Huckjam BMX Acid bike.
Gifts for Cyclists: For Kids
by Editors of Bicycling magazine
Our AssessmentBicycling magazine highlights two kids' bikes in this slideshow review on the best gifts for cyclists. For young toddlers, Bicycling recommends the LikeABike Spoky, while the Redline Conquest 24 earns a nod for older riders.
20 Bikes, Trikes & Ride-Ons
by Editors of Disney Family
Our AssessmentDisney Family reviews 20 kids bikes, tricycles and ride-on toys. The bikes aren't rated or compared, but editors include tester comments for each bike, so it's clear that these bikes have been personally evaluated.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com has a good selection of owner-written bike reviews. There are many recent reviews, and the bikes are rated according to a 5-star system. The drawback is that you won't find reviews here for anything that Amazon.com does not sell. And although there are hundreds of reviews for tricycles and balance bikes, there aren't many for bigger bikes.
Bikes & Riding Toys
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentThe bike reviews listed at Walmart.com are not as detailed as those found on Amazon.com, but most bikes listed here receive dozens of reviews. Walmart.com sells a lot of budget-priced bicycles and does not have a large selection of high-end brands. Still, most bikes receive very good ratings from parents.
Children's Bike Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles reviews on a number of kids' bicycles, but few get more than a few dozen ratings. Buzzillions collects owner-written reviews from various online retailers, including ToysRUs.com and REI.com. Some of the reviews can be detailed, and a summary of the main pros and cons listed in each review is helpful.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org doesn't test kids' bikes as they do other products, but it includes one tricycle -- the Razor Rip Rider 360 -- in its group of summer toys tested by kids. Of the 11 children in the focus group, 10 kids selected the Razor Rip Rider as their favorite among the toys tested. This review hasn't been updated in more than two years.
by Editors of Parents' Choice
Our AssessmentParents' Choice is a nonprofit reviewer of kids' toys and products, but manufacturers must submit their products for consideration. The Red Bullet Balance Bike is one of several toys to earn a Parents' Choice Approved label in its latest toy test. The Red Bullet bike receives a short review that incorporates tester feedback.
Riding Toys: Editor's Picks
by Editors of TimeToPlayMag.com
Our AssessmentThis report covers ride-on toys, and includes only one tricycle -- the Razor Rip Rider 360. The review is not balanced and focuses mainly on features; we also don't know why these toys and bikes were picked over others. While the editors are named on the About Us page, it's not clear who is behind this site.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentSome kids' bikes attract a good number of reviews at Target.com, but few receive very good overall ratings. Target.com is a good source to check for reviews, but Amazon.com and Walmart.com have more individual reviews for kids' bikes.
by Contributors to MTBR.com
Our AssessmentMTBR.com allows users to post reviews of mountain bikes. (The site does not sell anything directly.) There aren't many reviews posted for children's bikes at MTBR.com, but there are reviews for some high-end bicycles, which can be hard to find. Most of the bikes reviewed at this site are mountain bikes.
Children: Choosing a Bike/Buying a Bike
by Editors of iBike.org
Our AssessmentThe International Bicycle Fund is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "promote bicycle transportation." This site offers a great deal of information on how to buy bicycles and use them safely. It points out that the organization does not have the resources to purchase and test all of the bikes out there, but it does offer a comprehensive discussion of what to look for when shopping for a bike.