How to give kids the right bicycle
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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