A few things to consider:
1. Bike weight
Bikes can be difficult for kids to manoeuvre, and the heavier the bike the more difficult this becomes. Most kid’s bikes are made either from aluminium or steel.
2. Stand over height
Even when kids have learnt to ride they still need time to adjust to a new bike. A low standover height aids not only in the learning phase but also helps with balance when mounting and dismounting.
By using high-quality brake levers and shifters it makes shifting and pulling the brakes easier for small hands and thumbs. These components are robust and investing in a good quality kids bike can save you money in the long run.
4. Accidents do happen
Inevitably your little one will fall off their bike. This makes wearing a suitable helmet so important.
5. Be seen
If your kids are going to ride in public areas, they need to be visible. Ensure your child has front and back lights switched on so they are noticeable to other road users.
About the Titan Racing Junior Range
The Titan Racing Junior Range is built on lightweight hydroformed aluminium frames designed specifically to meet the needs of kids. A mix of lightweight kids’ specific components are used to best spec our bikes in terms of quality and price. All our bikes feature a low standover height to ensure kids always feel comfortable, at ease and in control of their bike. Our bikes feature a unique 5 Year Multi-User Warranty.
Choosing the right size
Unlike adult bikes, where frame size is determined by the seat tube length, kids’ bikes are instead sized on their wheel diameter. The below guide should let you know what size wheels you are looking for.
Suitable for 2-4 years of age: 12-inch wheels
A balance bike or push bike provides a great platform to learn on as they can be ridden from a young age and teach children balance and coordination. These bikes do not have pedals and are propelled and stopped by your child’s feet, rather than a drivetrain and brakes. Things to look for are overall weight, tubed tyres and an adjustable saddle that allows room for growth.
Suitable for 4-6 years of age: 16-inch wheels
This category sees your child moving to a bike with pedals, brakes and a single speed drivetrain. As your child is young, the lighter the bike the easier it is to pedal. Consider an aluminium frame as it is lighter than steel.
Suitable for 5-8 years of age: 20-inch wheels
The first step towards a real mountain bike with geared drivetrains, working suspension forks and powerful brakes. These features allow your kids to ride all terrains with ease and really enjoy their riding.
Suitable for 7-11 years of age: 24-inch wheels
This size offers all the benefits of full-size bikes in terms of design and spec with the only difference being that the bike is optimized for smaller wheels. Quality suspension forks and a wider range of gears increase the capability of these bikes.
Suitable for 10+ years of age: 26-inch wheels
26” Bikes cater for the older segment of the Junior market. Whilst we’ve progressed to 29ers, the 26” wheel size is still the wheel size of choice for many young riders. Manufacturers have now combined small frames with 26” wheels to create the perfect bike for growing kids. At this level, you should be looking at suspension, brakes, drivetrain, tyre options and build quality. Generally, the more you spend the better the bike you will get.
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