Teaching your children to ride a bike is one of those special times you always look back on with fondness.
And receiving a bike as a child is one of the most exciting presents you can get. The best kids bikes will be light and easy to control, while also looking pretty snazzy.
While your little one is learning, you might want to start with a balance bike, that doesn’t have pedals, just to get them used to seat and the feel.
Or you might choose to go straight to a small bike that comes with removable stabilisers, so the kids can learn and then whip the supports off as soon as they’re ready.
From a Batman bike and a Frozen frenzy to your child’s first BMX and off-road ride, we’ve rounded up the best kids bikes below to get your little ones on two wheels.
Best kids bikes
This sleek-looking Cannodale balance bike is a brilliant way to get the kids excited about riding and used to the overall feeling.
They can push themselves around with their feet, and get familiar with steering and controlling the bike.
A good starter for early-age bike enthusiasts.
2. Pinnacle Koa
Pinnacle bikes make riding easy and fun; they’re sturdy with robust wheels but lightweight at the same time.
The Pinnacle Koa is great for ages of around 2-4 years-old, as it comes with stabilisers to learn with, that can then be removed later.
It has easy gear shifters and short reach brake levers, as well as a child-friendly chain guard. A brilliant first bike option that comes in a choice of colours from luminous yellow to deep blue and pink.
Your little superhero will fall in love with this brilliant Batman-inspired first bike.
With 12in wheels and stabilisers, it’s a super-fun kids bike to learn on. It has a fully-covered chain guard (printed with the Bat, no less), and adjustable seat and handlebar heights.
Matching Batman safety helmet also available. Adorable.
Got a 4-7 year-old that’s obsessed with Frozen? Yep, that’s pretty much every 4-7 year-old. Well, we’ve found the perfect kids bike for them.
Finished in gorgeous Frozen-esque ice-blues and purples, there’s a front basket to carry dolls and other goodies in, and Frozen images dotted all over.
It comes with 16in wheels, steel rims and steel spokes, but remains super-light. The perfect gift for any Frozen fan.
Your little one ready for their first super-cool BMX? This Muddyfox is just the ticket.
Coming in a cool metallic blue, it’s robust and tough, ready for anything young kids want to throw at it.
It comes with front and rear brakes, blue 18in alloy rims and one pair of stunt pegs. You’ll be in the good books for at least a week.
Described as a ‘sleek little aluminium flyer’, this bike is ideal for the 3-5 age range, and its stable geometry allows kids to get going easily.
The frame features a lower bottom bracket for a lower centre of gravity and added stability. It comes in three different wheel size choices for different heights and has versatile tyres that can handle rough road paths and even some dirt for a little light off-roading.
Comes in a range of trendy colours there’s something for everyone.
Many kids bikes jumps straight from 16in tyres to 20in. While that’s great for many children, some might not be quite ready for that transition.
The Squish has 18-inch wheels making it a self-confessed ‘perfect in-betweener’.
It’s an easy design to ensure your child gets comfortable and confident on a bike, so no gears to master with this one.
Got an adventurous tyke on your hands? You need a sturdy off-roading bike to meet their needs. This Riprock is aimed at the 5-8 year-old age range and is a sturdy option for tough terrains with 2.8 inch thick chunky tyres.
Slightly heavier than some kids bikes, but is brilliant for cycling holidays and hilly areas like the Lake District.
Also comes in a larger size for 8-11 year-olds so the whole family can go off-roading together.
Your little princess will feel amazing riding up and down the road in this swish unicorn bike.
It’s suitable for over fives, has a wheel size of 18in, and has ‘SmartStart’ geometry for increased control and stability.
What’s more, there’s a super-cute handlebar basket and bar end tassels. We’re sold.
10. Hoy Bonaly
If there’s someone that knows a thing or two about bikes, it’s Olympic champ Chris Hoy.
His Hoy Bonaly kids’ bike is perfect for when your child is ready to take the next step up to more advanced riding, at around the seven or eight years old mark.
It boasts sturdy 20-inch wheels and narrow cranks to make the transition to a bigger bike more seamless.
There’s six gears and semi-treaded tyres so your mini me can tackle more challenging terrains.