Best Bikes for Kids

 Best Overall

Schwinn Koen Boy’s Bike

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  • Smart Start design features a durable steel frame and kid-specific proportions for easier pedaling and handling
  • Great proportions make riding this bike easy and comfortable for your chilld
  • Includes both rear coaster break and front caliper brake; easing the transition to a bigger, hand-brake-only bike when they’re ready
 Easiest to Assemble

RoyalBaby Freestyle Kid’s Bike

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  • 95% of the bike is assembled, leaving only the need to install the training wheels, pedals, handlebar and saddle. All assembly tools are included. Features cushioned seat and high back
  • The fully enclosed chain guard keeps fingers safe and flanged grips help prevent hands from sliding off the bars.
  • High quality and cool design that kids love
 Best for Learning

Retrospec Cub Kids Balance Bike

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  • Low riding size is perfect for little riders
  • Easy assembly gets your child learning and loving to ride in no time
  • Balance bike instills confidence in your child learning balance with easy step to floor frame design

5 Best Bikes for Kids

  • Schwinn Koen Boy’s Bike

    Best Overall

  • RoyalBaby Freestyle Kid’s Bike

    Easiest to Assemble

  • Retrospec Cub Kids Balance Bike

    Best for Learning

  • Diamondback Mini Viper Complete Youth Bike

    Safety.com Top Pick

  • Titan Girl’s Flower Princess BMX Bike

    Safety.com Top Pick

Bike Safety

When used with a bit of caution and common sense under proper adult supervision, bicycles can be an excellent way for children to get some exercise, develop gross motor control, and burn off all that energy.

But they are not without their risks. Possible injuries that can be caused while bike riding include cuts, bruises, pinches, sprains and strains, broken bones and fractures, head injuries including concussions, and even death.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates there were nearly 240,000 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by bicycles and tricycles that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014.

The number of actual injuries caused by bicycles is likely to be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC reporting system only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at one of 100 participating hospitals, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and ensure your child is wearing an approved helmet when riding their bike, even if it’s just a short distance. Three quarters of all American children ride a bike each month, but only about half wear a helmet every time they do so. Wearing a helmet is the easiest and most effective way to reduce bike-related head injuries. Your child should also wear visible clothing, use lights at night, and follow the rules of the road when riding with traffic.

With the above tips in mind, here are 10 of the best bikes for kids we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings:

The 10 Best Bikes for Kids

Best Overall

1. Schwinn Koen Boy’s Bike

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This beautiful bike from Schwinn boasts a durable steel frame and fork that provide added stability for your little one when on the road. Made with your child’s size in mind, this proportional bike is adjustable and comes with both coaster brakes and front caliper brakes to help your child stop with even more precision.

Stand-out features include

  • Full coverage chain guard to protect little hands, feet, and clothing
  • Fits children 2 – 4 years old, or 28 – 38 inches tall. Adjustable saddle and a slack seat-tube angle allow the bike to grow with your child
  • Includes training wheels, saddle handle for towing and storage, number plate, and limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the bike
Easiest to Assemble

2. RoyalBaby Freestyle Kid’s Bike

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This sporty bike for boys and girls comes with a bell, a water bottle, training wheels, and a quick release seatpost which makes it easy to adjust the height of the seat (with carrying handle on 12-14-16 inch). The details set this bike apart including: The stars on the grips, custom RoyalBaby tire tread, and the functional yet unique training wheels. All these features make for one cool bike.

Stand-out features include

  • Includes: Water bottle and cage, bell, assembly tools and HEAVY DUTY training wheels
  • The combination of a front caliper brake and rear coaster brake gives many options for learning to stop
  • Sturdy steel frame, a one-piece crank, ball bearing drive shaft, a full chain guard and steel wheels with pneumatic rubber 2.4″ wide knobby tires featuring a custom Royal Baby tread
Best for Learning

3. Retrospec Cub Kids Balance Bike

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The best beginner’s bike around is designed for new cyclists 20 months to 5 years of age. Cub doesn’t have pedals; instead, tiny riders move forward with their feet. This approach makes getting on a bike less scary and ultimately sets them up for an easier transition to a big kid bike.

Stand-out features include

  • Extremely safe design reduces risk of injury common on tricycles and training wheels
  • Fits children from 20 months to 5 years old with adjustable seat posts and handlebars
  • Maintenance-free, Worry-Free, Minimal assembly, air-free tires never go flat, CPSC compliant to ensure your child’s safety

4. Diamondback Mini Viper Complete Youth Bike

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This bike boasts a heavy duty stainless steel frame and fork that provide added stability for your little one when on the road. It also has coaster brakes to help your child stop with even more precision.

Stand-out features include

  • Alloy rims
  • Padded seat for comfort
  • Training wheels included

5. Titan Girl’s Flower Princess BMX Bike

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This stylish princess-themed bicycle boasts an included doll seat, a basket, and streamers for a complete stylish look. The bike comes nearly fully assembled so your child can get riding nearly right out of the box.

Stand-out features include

  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar pads included
  • Suitable for children aged 5-7

6. Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike

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Balance bikes are growing in popularity as a safe way to teach children the basics of riding and staying upright on a bicycle. This unit is one of the most popular ones available.

Stand-out features include

  • Suitable for children aged 18 months and older
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars grow with your child
  • Mini and padded seats included

7. Nickelodeon Thomas the Train Bike

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This bicycle is ideal for your little Thomas the Train fan and features deluxe graphics and painting styled just like Thomas himself.

Stand-out features include

  • Coaster brakes
  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar shield included

8. Kent Super 20 Boys Bike

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This stylish two-wheeler features 20 inch wheels and a quick release seat that easily adjusts as your child grows. Thanks to the fully welded dual suspension steel frame and front suspension fork, your child will have a smooth and comfortable ride.

Stand-out features include

  • 7 speeds
  • Easy to use twist grip shift
  • Suitable for children aged 7-9

9. Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike

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This stylish bike is the perfect beginner’s cycle to get your little one used to riding on two wheels. It is single speed and features comfortable mushroom-style grips. Its durable steel frame and pneumatic tires are designed to last.

Stand-out features include

  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar pad
  • Coaster brake

10. Yamaha 12″ Moto Child’s BMX Bike

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This super stylish bicycle looks just like a dirt bike and features a durable steel fork, frame and motocross-style seat for a comfortable ride. It assembles in just 30 minutes, so your child can hit the pavement in no time.

Stand-out features include

  • Training wheels included
  • Suitable for children aged 2-4
  • Coaster brakes

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