How to give kids the right bi­cy­cle

Bikes

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Shop park­ing lot.

If you want to make the bike a sur­prise present, ask the store what their re­turn pol­icy is if you buy a bike that doesn’t fit.

Of­ten par­ents want to buy a bike their child can grow into, but you should avoid buy­ing one that is too big, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the child to ma­neu­ver. Some bikes have ad­justable seat and pedal height to ex­tend the life of the bike for the child.

The fit is based on stand-over height. A child strad­dling the bike and stand­ing should be able to have his feet on the ground with the bike not hit­ting be­tween his legs. When seated, he should be able to reach the ped­als eas­ily and the ground.

“If they can’t touch the ground, they will get hurt,” Nu­gent says.

Also look at how the child is hold­ing the han­dle­bars. He should be able to eas­ily reach them and turn the front wheel from side to side.

Con­sider the weight of the bike as well. Some of the less ex­pen­sive bikes are made of steel and can be very heavy, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for a child to ma­neu­ver.

Look for a bike that will last. Kids are very hard on bikes. Many less ex­pen­sive bikes are

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