What every best Kids Bikes has:
- An adjustable seat and handlebars.
- A frame that's not too heavy.
- Reliable brakes.
Experienced cyclists started Two-Wheeling Tots to review kids' bikes when they noticed most parents had little basis for comparison between models. Reviews are balanced, comparative and thorough, and the site includes charts that let parents see essential information at a glance. The site also has buying guides and reviews of balance bikes, bike trailers, helmets and other gear.
The International Bicycle Fund, an independent nonprofit, has a range of educational articles on its website including a thorough guide to buying kids' bikes. It includes a size guide that recommends bikes based on age, height and inseam and breaks down other features to look for and test when choosing a bike.
IceBike.org is run by cycling enthusiasts. It includes educational articles on cycling and bicycle reviews for adults. The helpful guide to kids' bikes breaks down ages, sizes and types of bikes (mountain bikes, road bikes and BMX bikes).
As one of the largest online retailers in the U.S. with a long-standing tradition of collecting user reviews, Amazon.com offers a wealth of user feedback on current and popular kids' bikes. We were able to find numerous reviews of most bikes covered in this report. Amazon user reviews are useful for anecdotal information about bikes and for gathering consensus about a bike's overall performance and durability.
ToysRUs.com has a range of parent reviews for popular, less expensive young' kids' bikes. Reviewers rate products on a five-star scale and note pros and cons, but reviews are typically much less informative than many of those on Amazon.com.
Target.com is a popular destination for parents purchasing kids' bikes. It sells fewer bikes than Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com, and there are fewer reviews overall. But user feedback tends to be detailed and helpful.
This article outlines the rise of lightweight, better-designed kids' bikes to compete with clunkier, heavier models that dominate big-box store sales. It also highlights five models that provide a better-quality ride for kids without the stratospheric prices that some high-end kids' bikes command. The short blurbs are balanced and informative.