Three Important Features to Consider When Buying Kid’s Bikes

Father and son bikingA parent's decision to buy their young child a bike isn't one to be taken lightly for many reasons, including, but not limited to, the age and safety of the child. Of course, there have been a lot of changes in the way bikes are constructed. The inclusion of materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre, have made the activity a lot safer. But some parents may still have some doubts.

Starting out bike riding early is an important step in a child’s development as it enables them to develop their balance in addition to strengthening the body and cardiovascular system. Pre-schoolers, however, have more particular needs, according to Play'n'Learn. So, buying pre-school bikes requires consideration of certain features and a few of them are discussed here.

Weight

This is a very important consideration. An adult will typically ride a bike that is about twenty percent of their weight. The rule of the thumb is to ensure the child’s bike is about forty percent of their total body weight but reality makes this hard to accomplish. It can be hard to gauge a child's weight as they are still growing, so most children ride bikes that are about fifty percent of their body weight. The alternative, therefore, is to ensure the bike is as light as possible.

Geometry

The construction of the bike is very important as it determines the kid’s comfort and ability to manoeuvre the bike with ease. The wider the distance between the wheels and proper placement of the handlebars, the more balanced the bike will be for the child. A low centre-of-gravity means that a kid can ride easily without tipping over.

Q Factor (Bike Width)

The Bike Width simply refers to the space between the inside edges of its pedals. The effect of the Q-Factor reflects in the comfort of the child in riding the bike. The tendency to splay their feet is high if the distance is too wide. Thus, a narrow Q-Factor provides a better riding experience for the child.

The above factors are very important in ensuring the child receives the gains of riding pre-school bikes during those formative years.