Most kids have very fond memories of touring their neighborhood on their bike. Some might even remember the joy and thrill of pedaling for the first time without training wheels. There’s no doubt about it—biking is just a classic kid pastime. Parents nowadays better understand the importance of proper safety for kids biking, and that doesn’t just mean wearing a helmet. Bikes that are the wrong size, improperly maintained, or ridden in unsafe areas can add unnecessary risk.
That’s why we’ve created this resource guide. The following resources help kids and parents choose the correct bike and the appropriate safety gear. Kids will also learn how to ride safely in groups and with nearby traffic, even if they’re on a sidewalk.
Purchasing a Bike
How to Choose Kids Pedal Bike: From tire size to brake types, this extensive guide introduces how to shop for a bike by a child’s age and height.
Don’t Buy the Wrong Size: Here are some useful charts to help pick the right size bike.
Kid Bike Calculator: Just plug in age and gender to get an instant answer on appropriate bike frame and crank sizes.
Purchasing Safety Gear
What to Look for in a Helmet: From size to construction, this guide will tell you how to select and adjust a helmet for you child.
Child Helmet Comparison Guide: Sorted by age, this guide will tell you the best ranked helmets and which brands to avoid.
Best Knee and Elbow Pads for Kids: This guide will help you pick knee and elbow pads specifically for children riding bikes rather than skateboarding or inline skating.
Kids Mountain Bike Safety Gear: If your older child is interested in mountain biking, you’ll want extra tough protection like the ones in this guide.
Finding a Place to Bike
Bike Trails by State: Find paved and dirt bike trails near you with descriptions, photos and reviews.
Mountain Bike Trails: Here you’ll find mountain biking trails for older, more experienced kids.
Kids Bike Safety: This series of articles is written for kids to help explain the importance of staying safe on their bikes.
Car & Traffic Safety for Kids: Help your kids learn the rules of the road so they can stay safe while bike riding. This page includes PDFs of activities and quizzes.
Teach Your Child Bike Safety: Here you’ll learn not only the safety rules but how to gradually introduce your child to more precarious situations on a bike.
Group Bike Riding Safety: This PDF teaches children how to organize themselves on group rides for maximum safety.
Bike Accessories for Kids: These fun add-ons are great to personalize kid’s bikes. Some offer safety and functional features as well.
Bike Racks: A guide to choosing then best bike rack for your vehicle. You’ll need one if you plan to travel to parks and bike trails.
Car Racks: Here is a pros and cons list for various types of bike racks, including price ranges.
Here Are Some Further Tips On Biking For Kids
- Look to trade. Kids grow fast, and a bike that fit them perfectly at one age will be too small a year or two later. Make a good investment in the initial bike, take good care of it, then look for opportunities to trade it in for a bigger size.
- Learn your local laws. Some cities have made it illegal to ride bikes on sidewalks, particularly if there are bike lines striped on the road surface. Make sure you know what areas are legal and safe to ride in.
- Check out skate parks. Older kids often get into bike tricks, and many resourceful youngsters will try to build their own ramps. Skip the sketchy engineering and seek out a skate park that allows bikes.
- Replace the helmet when impacted. If your helmet takes a hard impact, it should be replaced. Lower-end helmets, especially, are only tested to withstand one or two hard bumps. Better safe than sorry to replace helmets that have been involved in a head-on accident. Don’t forget that helmets for skateboarding and other sports are not designed the same. Always use a helmet designed for bicycle riding.
- Dress appropriately. Girls should avoid riding bikes in long skirts or dresses, and all kids should avoid wide-legged jeans that could get caught in the chain. It’s better to wear bright colors for increased visibility, particularly as night approaches. Flashing lights on the front and back of the bike make you more visible, as well.
- Explore new places. Kids can get bored riding their bikes around the same neighborhood streets, and that may cause them to seek trouble. Look for a secondhand bike rack to test the waters on biking elsewhere.
Teach Your Kids How To Ride A Bike