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Cool Bikes for Kids in 2015

Updated on May 20, 2015

Cool Bikes for Kids

Tricycles, Bicycles, or Balance Bikes - Which is the best choice for your child? Find the best option among our cool bikes for kids on display here.

It's time to start looking at the cool bikes for kids. Your little one isn't ready to learn how to ride a big bike, but they're ready to start training.

Right off the bat, as a toddler, they can learn to ride a tricycle. That gives them the feel for pedaling and steering, which is a step toward learning to ride a bike. It will also give them a fun way to exercise and strengthen their legs.

Soon they will graduate to pedal bikes for small children. This puts them on two wheels (plus the training wheels for balance) so that the begin to get the feel for a real bicycle, even though they aren't quite able to balance, like they would need to do on a bicycle.

Another option is to put them on a balance bike. These are small bicycles without the pedals. This type of bike has the child balancing and propelling themselves with their legs. Once they get accustomed to pushing faster and faster, they will automatically start to pull their feet up and glide along while balancing the bike.

Before you know it, your child will be on a big kids bike, riding around the block with ease.

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Tricycles Your Child Will Love

The Schwinn Roadster 12" Tricycle is a more traditional style of tricycle, except it has a lower center of gravity to give your child more stability and prevent spills that could cause injury.

Pedal Bicycles With Training Wheels

The Spider-Man 12-Inch Training Wheel Bike is a great choice for your child's first two-wheel bike.

Balance Bikes

The Strider PREbike Balance Running Bike is the perfect bicycle trainer for teaching children balance and coordination. Once your child learns to balance themselves on two wheels while gliding and steering, they are well on their way to learning how to ride a bike. By that time, it will be super easy for them to get on a pedal bike and ride away.

Features of These Cool Bikes for Kids

What to Look for When Purchasing a Training Bike for Your Child

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Once your child is old enough to walk, they will be on the go, go, go. You will need to find a way for them to release their energy and the best way to do that is to get them a riding toy. Riding toys are designed for children of ages from about 1 1/2 on up.

Most parents will get their children a tricycle to start on. after a year or two, the child is ready to begin the process of learning how to ride a bike, so the parents will get them a pedal bike with training wheels to promote the learning to ride a bike process.

This isn't the only way to progress your child to the stage of riding a bike. It is now very popular for children to use balance bikes, or run bikes, from the very beginning. With balance bikes, the children can learn balance and coordination, first, while they get the feel for steering the bike and pushing with their feet. As they get more and more comfortable, they will pull their feet up and glide. Once they are comfortable with this, it's easy for them to get on a regular bike and learn to pedal.

So, what do parents look for when deciding on which riding toy to purchase?

  • Low center of gravity for stability
  • Sturdy construction, whether it's made from steel, aluminum, plastic, or wood
  • Overall weight of the toy for ease of use
  • Weight capacity of the riding toy
  • Safety features, such as chain guard, handlebar padding, etc.

More About the Balance Bike - Is a Tricycle the Best Option for Your Toddler?

There are always risks that children will face while they are learning and developing. They will bump their head, burn their fingers, and take tumbles. As parents, we want to protect our children, but we can't be there 100% of the time to keep them from harms way. We can, however, be mindful of the environment that we allow around them.

Once your child begins to ride their first bicycle or tricycle, they will face the risk of falling and getting hurt. Fortunately, they are traveling at very slow speeds, so the typical fall is not catastrophic. Yet, the opportunity for learning and development far exceeds the risk of minor bumps and bruises - not to mention the hours of enjoyment that your child will receive.

Whether you choose a tricycle, a pedal bike, or a balance bike for your child, there will be bumps and bruises, but there will be much more fun and joy. Check out the videos to learn more about which type is the best choice for your child. Always make sure your child is wearing a helmet while riding.

Note from the editor - Don't get caught up too much in the drama portrayed in the videos - keep in mind that these are biased reports from the manufacturers and retailers.

Trike, Bike, or Runner

Which is Right for Your Child?

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Every child is different, and have different levels of strength, energy, and coordination. Only the parent can decide if their child is ready to begin with one of these riding toys. Responsible parents will pay close attention to the safety for their children when purchasing one of these items.

Consider the following:

  • Is the rider likely to tip easily?
  • Is it well built and durable?
  • Will my child develop strength and coordination by using this item?
  • How much am I willing to spend for this type of toy?
  • How much space is available for the child to ride on his/her trike or bike?
  • What is my underlying belief about the benefits of a balance bike over a pedal bike with training wheels or a tricycle?

Whichever you choose, these toys will bring hours of pleasure for your child. Do you remember your first bike? Did you get one for your birthday or for Christmas? What kind of bike did you get?

Regardless of which you choose, make sure your child always wears a helmet while riding.

Always Wear a Helmet

Don't forget to make sure that your child always wears a properly fitted helmet whenever riding any type of child bicycle.

Kids Helmets - Sized to Fit Your Child Properly

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    • techmom profile image


      5 years ago

      These look like a lot of fun! My son is still struggling to learn how to balance a bike. Maybe if we had started off with a balance bike, he wouldn't have any problems now.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Great selections! I do remember my first bike.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Funny how all kids learn to ride bikes differently. One of mine struggled for several days to learn, while another one literally took off the very first time.

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      6 years ago

      My 3 1/2 yr old loves his wooden balance bike, but funnily enough he didn't really master it until he learned to ride his two wheeled bike without training wheels. Now he loves both. I've seen him get the speed wobbles on his balance bike once though, the kid has no fear.....but I have!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice lens! :) I really don't remember my first steps on the bike, but I think I started with the trycicle and in some time I got my first bike. I think I had difficulties with balance, but when I mastered it, I was all the time on my bike :)

    • Close2Art LM profile image

      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      Very cool lens, we've went through lot's of bikes...thanks for sharing all the picks and info..:)rwjr

    • LaurieKristensen profile image


      7 years ago

      My own 2 sons are 28 and 31 now, and I wonder when balance bikes were invented, because I've never heard of them before reading this lens! They really do sound like a logical addition to the choices for early childhood bikes for kids.

    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 

      7 years ago from PA

      You have a very nice selection here. Thanks for sharing.


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