Riding a bike is a timeless outdoor activity for children young and old. The thrill of pedaling into newfound adventures can be a great way to introduce them to the outdoors, too. Whether pedaling along with the family or learning the ins and outs for the first time, there’s a quality bike for every kid. With help from this Pro Tips collection, find the perfect ride for your budding cyclist.
Because children are always growing, it’s important to start their two-wheeled journey with a bike that’s properly sized. Not sure which size your child needs? Use the Pro Tips kids’ bike sizing chart and learn more about which size is right for your little one.
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BEST 12″ KIDS’ BIKES
Let your little adventurer learn the ropes of riding atop the Pacific Girls’ Cloud Dancer 12″ Bike. Boasting a durable steel frame and single-speed drivetrain, this bike can be perfect for younger, more novice riders. A rear coaster brake and additional hand brake can allow your child to fine-tune their skill set with confidence. Removable training wheels can help with added stability, too. A fun purple colorway and stylish handlebar pad add to this great ride, giving it the perfect dose of flare.
Ideal for children just learning to ride, the Pacific Boys’ Carbide 12″ Bike packs plenty into its youthful design. A durable steel frame pairs well with its single-speed drivetrain for a bike that’s ready to roll. Your little cyclist can also learn to ride with ease thanks to the removable training wheels for added stability. A rear coaster brake and additional hand brake can help them master basic stopping skills as well. And your child will look good as they enjoy every new ride thanks to a stylish blue colorway.
BEST 16″ KIDS’ BIKES
For a ride designed specifically for children, look no further than the Schwinn Signature Girls’ Lil Sunnyside 16″ Bike. Featuring Schwinn’s SmartStart Geometry, this bike offers a narrower, more forward pedaling position to better accommodate your child’s frame. The lightweight construction of the bike can also help with control and handling. Coaster brakes, removable training wheels and added fenders round out this impressive set of wheels for an all-encompassing profile.
Start their journey in the right gear with the Schwinn Signature Boys’ Lil Fenite 16″ Bike. Featuring Schwinn’s SmartStart Geometry, this bike caters to a kid-specific fit for easier pedaling and steering. A lightweight frame can help with control and handling as your child learns to navigate the road and trails. Fast-Start gearing can also aid in learning to ride, allowing them to pedal quickly while lowering the top speed. Multiple colorways are available so your child can match their first ride perfectly to their personality.
BEST 18″ KIDS’ BIKES
Perfect for the growing cyclist, the Schwinn Signature Girls’ Lil Sunnyside 18″ Bike is designed with kids in mind. The Schwinn SmartStart Geometry caters to your child’s frame for easier pedaling and control. A comfortable saddle can help your child feel supported as they master their riding. This bike also features Fast-Start gearing, allowing your child to pedal quickly at a lowered top speed. And they can steer their journey with ease thanks to the smaller grips perfect for kids’ smaller hands.
Find the path toward fun with the Schwinn Signature Boys’ Fenite 18″ Bike. Designed with the Schwinn SmartStart Geometry, this bike is proportioned for your child, allowing for easier control and pedaling. Your little one can learn to brake with confidence as well, thanks to the coaster brakes and linear pull brakes. And the lightweight frame can create a ride that’s easier to handle and maneuver as they fine-tune their abilities.
BEST 20″ KIDS’ BIKES
Get their passion for hitting the trails in gear with the Nishiki Girls’ Pueblo 20″ Mountain Bike. The heat-treated hi-ten steel frame features geometry ready to tackle trailways, boasting an oversized down tube and kickstand bracket. The front suspension fork can help your child glide over uneven terrain, all while sitting comfortably atop the sport-style saddle. And the Shimano Revo twist shifter can help your young rider easily find the perfect gear for conquering new paths.
Spark their youthful sense of adventure with the Nishiki Boys’ Pueblo 20″ Mountain Bike. Featuring a heat-treated hi-ten steel frame, this bike is ready to tackle every new trail. Your child can ride confidently thanks to the front suspension fork for better travel over uneven terrain. Easy-to-use linear pull brakes can improve this bike’s stopping power, too, as they maneuver through new routes. And finding the right gear is easy thanks to the Shimano Revo twist shifter.
BEST 24″ KIDS’ BIKES
Help your child discover a new way to hit the outdoors with the Nishiki Girls’ Pueblo 24″ Mountain Bike. The front suspension fork boasts 40mm of travel, perfect for navigating over uneven terrain. Your little rider can cruise with confidence thanks to the top braking power of the alloy linear pull brakes. And they can keep their progress rolling ride after ride thanks to the durable heat-treated hi-ten steel frame. Multiple colorways are available for an added personal touch, keeping every trek as stylish as the last.
For older children looking to hit the trails, the Nishiki Boys’ Pueblo 24″ Mountain Bike can be a great performance-driven ride. The durable heat-treated hi-ten steel frame provides a solid foundation for the treks ahead. A front suspension fork makes navigating the pathways a breeze. Your rider can find the perfect gear for any adventure thanks to the Shimano Revo twist shifter and 21-speed drivetrain. Alloy linear pull brakes add security to this impressive bike, giving your child plenty of stopping power as well.
BEST 26″ KIDS’ BIKES
Boost their confidence in every ride with the GT Youth Stomper Pro 26″ Bike. This ride can serve as a great transition for older children making the switch from comfort to trail riding. Featuring a LegitFit system for more child-accommodating geometry, this bike boasts a reduced standover height and easier starting gear. Mechanical disc brakes add to this impressive build for better stopping power along the trails. And your action-ready adventurer can shift hassle-free through the 8-speed drivetrain for optimum performance on every ride.
Whether your child is just learning or ready to take on the trails, we hope you’ve found the perfect bike to fuel fun-filled days outdoors. Give your child a new way to explore with a quality set of wheels. Looking to roster a family fleet of top-notch rides? Use these Pro Tips and discover the year’s best bikes for men and year’s best bikes for women.