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How To Choose A 16 Inch Bicycle

Updated on January 20, 2013

Does Your 4 Year Old Boy want an orange bike?

Why an orange 16 inch bicycle for this 4 year old boy? I guess he just loves Auburn University, the University of Tennessee or the Florida Gators.

Whatever! Since this little boy is my grandson, I am hoping he wants an orange bike so he can be easily seen! His Gigi (me) and Nana (the other grandmother) are Bama fans and love Crimson and White!

As a child, I had a blue Schwinn bicycle. I also had one in college and rode the heck out of it. Why am I telling you this? Well, I love to ride bikes, always have and always will. I now own a blue Trek mountain bike and do not get to ride it as often as I would like. Maybe I could ride with my grandson when he gets his orange one. Here's hoping!

Keep scrolling down to find orange 16 inch bikes of various makes and prices. If your child is getting their first bicycle, you will also find information about how to choose a bike and a video about teaching that child to ride it!

Lots of helpful info is here! Welcome!

(the photo of the precious little boy is mine and you may not duplicate it without my permission)

Guide to buying a child's bicycle:

How to choose the right bike --

One chooses a Children's bike by wheel diameter, not seat height and frame size as are adult bicycles. There is a chart in an article on www.ibike.org that should help you narrow your search, however, that chart is not a substitute for an expert helping you find a bike that is perfect for your child. The article goes on to state, "A critical factor is the brakes. Coaster brakes tend to be easier for young kids to use but they become less common as the bikes get bigger. It can be a conundrum and dangerous when kids who are tall for their age fit bigger bikes with hand brakes that they can't operate well. After kids outgrow children's bikes they'll move into small-framed adult bikes with 26 inch, 27 inch or 700c wheels, which are sized by the length of the seat tube."

To read more of the article and see the detailed chart, go to Children: Choosing A Bike / Buying a Bike.

Mongoose 16 inch bicycle: - This is the bike that my grandson got!

This is the bike that my grandson got for a Christmas Gift from Santa. Grandpa (Santa's helper) put it together in less than 1 hour.

Schwinn 16 inch Orange Bike - A great bicycle for a 4 year old boy!

Tips on teaching a child to ride a bicycle (includes a video):

from an article by David Mozer

Just because a child is four years old doesn't mean that they are "ready" to learn to ride a bike. Kids (and adults) are ready to learn to bicycle when they want to bicycle. This is often connected to a desire to bicycle, which may be connected to what siblings or peers are doing. For some kids this is three years old and for some adults this is sixty-five years old -- there is probably a cluster around ages four, five and six.

You can put training wheels are a child's bike, but this does more to make the "bicycle" ride-able at a younger age, that it teaches bicycling. Some bicycle teachers point to bad habits it can reinforce. Others argue that it can help the child experience the fun and freedom of bicycling, which may motivate them learn at a younger age, but again this may be heavily influenced by siblings and peers. In any case when the training wheels come off the bicycle learning sequence generally starts pretty much at the beginning.

To read the entire article, view a video and get many more tips, go to Learning to Bicycle Without Pain, Teaching Bicycling Without Strain

Teach your 4 year old to ride a bike! - Buy this video to give you some bike riding lesson tips.

This video might help you keep from losing your patience--or temper, if you are a "hot-head".

Choose your bicycle accessories:

Which accessory do you think is essential for a four year old's bike?

Add one to this list if you want.

Bikes serve two purposes: 1) Provide great exercise; 2) Transport the rider to a destination. So while exercising, one can go anywhere the bike can take you. When I was a child, my bicycle became a beautiful palomino horse and I would imagine myself riding in the hills of the wild west. Where did you go on your bicycle when you were a kid?

Add your tips for buying a 4 year old a bicycle! - Did you have a bike as a child?

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      RBbell 5 years ago

      You presented quite beautiful bike resources for kids and I loved that. I think while selecting kid's bike we should provide high priority to security concerns regarding a 4 year kid riding that bike and should use only original bike accessories wherever it is possible. RBbell provides Bike bells that are concerned to be the important accessory of a bicycle.

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      PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

      My father made bicycles for a living so I always got to choose the colour of my bike. I will always remember my first ever bike. It had balloon tyres and was the colour that I had asked for, orange! :-)

      Lovely lens. Angel blessed.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      @tandemonimom lm: Yes, he did get his bike. Yes, he is a cute kid. Thanks for noticing. He is still using the training wheels, but they will be coming off very soon.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on a very cute grandson! Hope he got his orange bike!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wonderful lens. Here's hoping you and your grandson are happily riding together

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      Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Hey there,.. That's a real nice page. Lensrolling it to my Fun Educational Games Lens and looking for more. You've got great lenses on toys.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Ahhh I hope you and your Grandson will be riding together on Christmas. I also wish I had read this info on bike sizes before my daughter just went and bought bikes. She asked me how to size them and I didn't know :( Good info here Micki.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Ah, I hope your grandson finds an orange bicycle under the Christmas Tree. He is too cute in his orange toque! Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2010!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I LIVED on my bike as a youngster and all my kids and grandkids love to ride bikes. Your grandson is adorable and he'll look really cute on his Orange bike this Christmas :-).

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Ahh, Gigi I sure hope Santa brings him that orange bicycle! Blessed by a Grandmotherly Angel today.

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      RuthieDenise 7 years ago

      Get your camera out!