Best Kids Bikes

Balance bikes, BMX bikes, motorised bikes for kids, children’s road bikes - the list of kids bikes is endless, so knowing which two-wheeler to buy for your child can understandably be daunting. That’s why knowing what to look for when you shop can help your child feel safe and secure while they ride. Continue reading...

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Little Nation Balance Bike

Little Nation Balance Bike 🏆 2024

4.5  (335)
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Sergio A.
Sergio A.WA2 posts
 
Little Nation Push Trike

Little Nation Push Trike

4.3  (502)
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Dannywithay
DannywithayWA
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Little Nation TrikeProduct arrived in a timely manner. The trike is easy to assemble, sturdy and super good quality. My LO absolutely loves it and will ask for rides as soon as she wakes up. I would definitely purchase from you again as the quality is outstanding for the price. Show details
Vuly Mountain Bike 12 / 16"

Vuly Mountain Bike 12 / 16"

4.6  (29)
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Steve B.
Steve B.
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Vuly Play
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Hi Steve, Thank you for taking the time to leave we appreciate all feedback our customers give. If you were able to email us us reviews@vulyplay.com I will have this matter looked into by our senior management team.

Cheers, Hammad.

Vuly Mountain Bike 20 / 24"

Vuly Mountain Bike 20 / 24"

4.8  (19)
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Elle M.
Elle M.Western Australia4 posts
  20"
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Vuly 12" Balance Bike

Vuly 12" Balance Bike

5.0  (16)
$149RRP
Hayley
HayleyVIC2 posts
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Perfect!I purchased this balance bike for my sons 2nd birthday and am very impressed. It came very well packaged. It's such a great bike, it's lightweight, yet feels very solidly built, and looks fantastic. He will get years of use out of this bike. Show details ·  1
Little Nation Trike

Little Nation Trike

3.7  (13)
Clare
Clare
 
Cheap quality. Impossible to put togetherThe trike comes with basic instructions and is near impossible to put together. I’m doubtful it’s actually safe to use as there are several pinch points dangerous to a toddler. Show details
ByK E-350

ByK E-350

4.8  (6)
$389RRP
Kirsty
Kirsty6 posts
 
Fantastic long lived bikeWe bought the E-350 for my eldest son, now being used by his younger brother. I love that it has both reverse-wheel brakes and hand brakes so they can learn how to use the hand brakes while still being safe. My kids have used it from around ages 2.5 - 5.5. Show details
Cruzee Balance Bike

Cruzee Balance Bike

5.0  (5)
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Katie
KatieNSW3 posts
 
our daughter uses it everydayWe've had this balance bike for 2 years and our 4 year old loves it. It's so lightweight so easy to carry when she gets tired. It's helped improved her balance and hopefully will make the transition to a two wheel pedal bike easier. Love it. Show details
Holstar Harmony

Holstar Harmony

4.5  (2)
jetjunk
jetjunkAU62 posts
 
Biomechanix 35cm

Biomechanix 35cm

3.0  (2)
Topgear07
Topgear073 posts
 
Best childs bike on the marketWe just bought our 3rd biomechanix bike for our children. Our boy has grown out of his 35cm so we just bought a 50cm. His 35cm only weighs 7kg. All the other bikes in the market are too heavy. Our children love their bikes. We wouldn't buy any other brand. Very well made too and have very few parts that rust unlike most other bikes.

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ByK E-450

ByK E-450

3.0  (2)
$439RRP
hsmetana
hsmetanaNSW12 posts
 
$399RRP
Emily
EmilyVIC6 posts
 
Hyper MX30

Hyper MX30

5.0  (1)
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DJBEAZT
DJBEAZTWA9 posts
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Excellent for kidsA great bike for kids. My son enjoys to ride his MX30 very well. The only negative is that the manual which is not straightforward. But, as long as you know about bikes and got the right tools to assemble, it should be alright. I got the bike from Karrinyup Big W for $99. Get it now if your kids love to ride bikes. Enjoy!

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ByK E-540x3i

ByK E-540x3i

5.0  (1)
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Island Girl
Island GirlCowes19 posts
 
Kmart 40cm Burst Bike

Kmart 40cm Burst Bike

3.0  (1)
$79RRP
MNg
MNgNSW
 
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$149RRP
Bianca
BiancaWA14 posts
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Just okCool concept but a pain to construct. The instructions were pretty bad and we were missing the nut adjuster device. The bike is cool, but when you turn the wheel hits your leg. Its not very easy to ride. Suitable for older kids, maybe teens and small adults.
Kmart Mercury Bike 50cm

Kmart Mercury Bike 50cm

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Steph
StephMelbourne7 posts
 
$179RRP
SSchizzle
SSchizzleNSW15 posts
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Kmart 50cm Trax Dual Suspension Bike

Kmart 50cm Trax Dual Suspension Bike

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$129RRP
Xanthe M.
Xanthe M.8 posts
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Kmart
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Alan T.
Alan T.16 posts
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Vuly 20" BMX Bike

Vuly 20" BMX Bike

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$399RRP

What size bike should I get for my child?

A child riding a kids bike along a dirt road while his father pushes the bike from behind

Kids of the same age can have hugely varying heights and weights, so you shouldn’t strictly stick to a size guide, but here’s a general guide to bike sizing for kids:

  • 2-4 years: 12”/30cm wheels
  • 2-6 years: 16”/40cm wheels
  • 6-8 years: 20”/50cm wheels
  • 8-11 years: 24”/60cm wheels

Your child should be able to:

  • sit on the saddle and have the balls of both feet rest on the ground.
  • straddle the top bar with a sizeable clearance and both feet flat on the ground.
  • reach the handlebars (and handbrakes, if the bike has them) with arms slightly bent while sitting on the saddle.

Whether you’re buying a bike second-hand, from a specialty bike store, or from a department store, ensure your child can do a test ride of the bike to see if they like the feel of it.

Choosing a bike type

Balance bikes

Balance is one of the most important skills when it comes to riding a bike, which is why a balance bike can be an invaluable resource for babies and toddlers. Balance bikes are designed for children until around the age of 5 who are just starting out their biking journey.

These baby bikes don’t have pedals or a chain - they’re made to get your kid used to balancing and steering before tackling pedalling.

Training wheels and tricycles

Training wheels are another great option for kids learning to balance that also lets them pedal. They attach to a regular bike, so you don’t have to buy two separate bicycles for a kid learning to ride.

You can also find tricycles for kids that also let your child pedal while providing a stable base for them to easily ride on without falling.

Kids road bikes

If your child has graduated from balance bikes and training wheels and is ready for the next big thing, then they might want a regular road bike. You can also find electric bikes for kids, to help them zoom from A to B, whether that’s from home to school, or just around the block.

Specialty bikes

There are plenty of kids bikes that are made to look like off-road or stunt bikes, such as kids BMX bikes, kids mountain bikes, or kids quad bikes, but don’t actually have the safety specs suited to that style of riding. If your child wants to try out BMX riding or mountain biking, then ensure you’re buying a bike that’s fit-for-purpose.

You can learn more about features to look out for in a BMX bike in our BMX Bike Buying Guide. If your child is interested in mountain biking, then you can read more about mountain bikes here.

What to look for when buying a kids bike

Build material

Bicycles for kids are usually made from steel or aluminium. Steel bikes are highly durable, cheaper, and can withstand plenty of crashes and punishing knocks. They are however a lot heavier than aluminium and can rust if left out or ridden in the rain.

Aluminium bikes are lighter, considerably durable, and essentially rust-proof, however are at a higher price point than steel.

Tyres

Balance bikes and tricycles for smaller kids are often made from solid foam, rubber, or plastic, making them puncture-resistant. As the size of a bike increases, the more likely it is that its tyres are pneumatic, meaning that they’re inflated with air.

Pneumatic tyres offer a comfortable, cushioned ride, good grip, and can come in different tread patterns which can make them suitable for different types of terrain.

A more textured tread can provide better grip for rougher terrain and off-road biking. Slicker tyres are generally better-suited to smooth surfaces, such as pavements and roads.

Brakes

To comply with Australian safety standards, a kids bike with a wheelbase between 640 and 765mm must have at least 2 braking systems, one of which must be a back pedal brake.

There are two main types of brakes on a kids bike:

  • Coaster: A coaster brake is activated when the rider pedals backwards. These are usually the only brake found on smaller bikes as young children don’t always have the hand or arm strength to use a handbrake.
  • Hand: A handbrake is operated by a lever by the handlebar. They’re more commonly found in bikes for older kids.

Chain guard

Chain guards on kids bikes will usually cover the chain wheel and the upper part of the chain to protect the rider from rubbing their leg against it or snagging their clothes or shoelaces on it.

A chain guard can be easily removed, but might help parents rest easy while their child is still building up their riding experience.

Gears

Kids bikes generally only have a single gear so that cycling isn’t overcomplicated, however as your child becomes more skilled at cycling, they may have what it takes to ride a bike with more speeds.

Having a single-speed gear usually means easy pedalling for kids. Kids bikes with multiple gears will usually have 7 or 8 different gears to play around with, but some can have up to 21 or 24 gears.

Pedals and handlebars

Bike pedals should have rough surfaces that are easy to grip and won’t let your child’s feet slip off - bonus points if this forces your kids to wear shoes when taking the bike out for a spin.

The handlebars should be covered so that no raw metal is exposed - the hand grips should be easy to hold and secure.

Accessories

Your child must wear a helmet that abides by Australian standards while riding a bike. Your child will need to try it on to find a suitable size and style, so you should avoid buying one online unless you’ve tried on the same model and size in store first.

A helmet should:

  • fit snugly on your child’s head, meaning that it shouldn’t be able to move in any direction.
  • be comfortable to wear, and not too heavy.
  • sit 1-1.5cm above your child’s eyebrows.
  • be a bright colour that makes it more easily visible.
  • be easy to put on and undo, with easily adjustable straps.

Your child’s bike also needs:

  • a bell or horn, so your little one can alert pedestrians or other cyclists to their presence.
  • front, rear, pedal, and spoke-mounted reflectors to aid with visibility.

Young kids shouldn’t be riding at night, unless they’re in a well-lit, supervised space, such as a backyard. Older kids need a bike light when riding at night, and should ride on the footpath and accompanied by an adult rider.

Price

A kids bike with 12 or 16” wheels will usually cost you somewhere between $150 and $250, while a decent 20 or 24” bike can cost anywhere upwards of $200, with most better models setting you back over $300.

Kids usually outgrow their bikes pretty quickly, so it’s worth considering giving away or selling your child’s bike once they’re too large to ride it. Either way, keep it in good condition and keep all the extra parts you have for it.

You should also check the warranty of a bike - most will have a lifetime warranty on the frame, with shorter warranties on parts and servicing, however every bike is different. A better warranty usually means a longer-lasting bike.

Wrapping up

Learning to ride a bike and getting more skilled at cycling is an exciting time for many kids.

Choosing the right childrens bike that can withstand a crash or two, is safe to ride, and is fun to rise can help your child build confidence on a two-wheeler, and can set them up for a lifetime of safe, skilled biking.

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