Are you looking to enjoy weekend family bike rides or a healthier commute to school? Pick the best kids bikes and set them up for a lifetime on two wheels. Our pick of kids bikes will turn screen time to saddle time.
Best All Round Kids Bike: Islabikes Luath
Since British cyclo-cross champion, Isla Rowntree, revolutionised the kids bicycle market in 2006 with her first child-specific bike, Islabikes have been at the forefront of designing and producing the highest quality, lightweight kids bikes. Islabikes market the Luath as a road and cyclo-cross bike. But don’t let that description put the non-professionals among you off, put simply this bike is the best all-rounder you can buy. It comes with a choice of tyres and so whether training your future Peter Sagan, hitting the trails or looking for a more enjoyable school run, this bike can do it all. From the lightweight frame and chain-set to the reassuringly powerful brake discs, the use of quality, specifically designed components found on every part of the Luath, results in bike perfection that will stand the test of time (and the passage from one family member to the next!) www.islabikes.co.uk
Best Kids Mountain Bike: Early Rider Hellion
OK to say this bike is a splurge is an understatement but if your little rider is showing the capability to own the MTB trails or dirt jumps, the Hellion will make their childhood! Like all Early Rider bikes, the Hellion combines progressive geometry with meticulous manufacturing, but this model is truly at the top of its game given the attention to detail found in the componentry. The Shimano drivetrain with rapid fire shifters delivers super smooth drive transfer through the tubeless high thread tyres. While the super lightweight Shimano hydraulic braking system will keep your future champ in control. And most importantly for a 10 year old, this bike looks the bomb! www.earlyrider.com
Best Kids Bike for Around Town: Specialized Riprock
Born in the California Canyons, you might find our choice of the Specialized RipRock out of place as an “around town” bike. However, as initiaters of the “Riding for Focus” schools cycling program, Specialized know a thing or two about keeping kids pedalling. Not only do these younger kids bikes look the business but with shock absorbing forks and substantial tyres they are engineered to deliver a smoother more enjoyable ride on road as well as off. And what’s more, the super durable aluminium frame is built to withstand those knocks and scrapes. www.specialized.com
Best Kids Bike on a Budget: Halfords Carrera Saruna
Retailer own brand bikes have taken a massive leap forward in recent years and the Halfords Carrera line up is no exception. The Saruna hybrid model is a great all-round choice and will give you good flexibility on family bike rides from park trails to round town errands. Weighing 10kg and with 21 gears, the Saruna is a great choice at a remarkable sub £250 price. www.halfords.com
Best Balance Bike: Cruzee
You can’t start too young and a good balance bike will set your toddler up for lifetime of happy riding. Ask any parent and they will likely tell you that weight is a key factor in choosing the right wheels. After all, no matter how keen your budding Tour de France winner, there will be times when you need to carry this bike some distance. For that reason, we are big fans of Cruzee. Not only are these bikes ultra-lightweight, they are durable enough to pass down from toddler to toddler over and over again. The nice matte paint jobs also do wonders for any new parent’s street cred. www.cruzee.com
Kids bikes are long term investment, don’t forget to protect your ride with the right lock. The most popular kids bike locks include the Hiplok Z LOK COMBO for it’s ultra-lightweight quick-stop practicality and the Hiplok SPIN lightweight wearable chain with 3-digit combination – no keys required! If you are plumping for the more expensive bikes on the list, you’ll want to choose one of our Sold Secure rated D locks or chain locks.