Children's bikes – freedom on two wheels

Buying guide for children's bikes - for safe and fun cycling experiences

Has your child finally said that they want to learn to ride a bike? Make the experience both fun and safe with a suitable children's bike. In this practical buying guide, we help you choose the right children's bike for your kid.

Choose the right size children's bike

The most important factor to consider when choosing a children's bike is its size. When choosing the size of the kid’s bike, you should start with their height, not their age. The child should be able to straddle the frame with both feet stable on the ground. When the child is sitting on the saddle, they should reach the ground with both feet. In a stationary position, the child should also be able to hold the handlebars with both hands and turn them 90 degrees without affecting balance and grip.

Never buy a children's bicycle that your kid will "grow into". An oversized bicycle becomes difficult to control, which can lead to the child ending up in dangerous situations. Instead, adjust the saddle height until the child has grown out of the bike.
If the child cannot go to the store to try out a bicycle, you can measure the child's inner leg length. In this way, you can use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the floor, the saddle and the bike frame to make sure that the bike fits.

The child's inner leg length is obtained by measuring the inside of the child's legs from the crotch to the floor.

Bicycle frame material

There are different opinions about which material is best. Most children's bikes on the market are made of either steel or aluminium. A steel frame is more durable and stable than an aluminium frame, which can be an advantage if the child is still a little shaky on the bike. On the other hand, steel is heavier than aluminium, which makes the bike heavier to manoeuvre. In other words, there are both advantages and disadvantages to the two frame materials. But don’t only thing about the material. The most important thing is that the bike fits the child in terms of size.

Colour and design of the children's bike

Today, there are children's bikes in all the colours, designs and models you can think of. Here at Biltema, you can find, for example, children's bikes inspired by the classic women's bicycle with its low frame opening and bicycle basket. You can also find more sporty children's bikes with straighter frames and motocross mudguards. And don’t forget the bicycle helmet!

Legal requirements for bicycles for children

Just like junior and adult bikes, children's bikes must by law be equipped with a bell and brakes. In the dark, the bike must also have reflectors and both front and rear bicycle lights.

Yosemite by Biltema  

Our solid range of bicycles from Yosemite by Biltema has been developed for getting up-close and active with our Nordic nature. Discover our bikes and embark on adventures in lush forests, along miles of country roads or in the vibrant city. 
Here you can find inspiration and the right bike for you.

Frequently asked questions about children's bikes

What sizes do children's bikes come in?

Biltema's children's bikes are available in 12 inches (children 90-105 cm tall), 16 inches (children 100-120 cm tall) and 20 inches (children 115-135 cm tall).

Should the child start with a balance bike or a children's bike with stabiliser wheels?

Feel free to start with a balance cycle. Then the child learns to keep their balance before they learn to pedal. With stabiliser wheels, the child does not learn to keep their balance in the same way and the learning phase can take longer.

Should a children’s bike have a foot brake or handbrake?

There is no right or wrong. However, it is best to let the child learn to use both types of brakes.

Can I maintain the bike myself?

Absolutely! You can easily perform some bicycle maintenance yourself, with the help of the right tools and guidance. Get help from our guides and movies here.