The 50 Best Bikes for Kids

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 25th, 2016

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, in no particular order, here are 50 of the best bikes for kids we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings:

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.

Key features:

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

Cost: *Est. $105

2. Huffy Bicycle Company Number Disney Frozen Bike

Perfect for the Elsa and Anna lover in your life, this bicycle has a solid and sturdy steel frame and comes with a bonus removable Frozen-themed fashion bag to pack lunch or other important items.

Key features:

  • Padded seat for comfort
  • Training wheels included
  • Streamers included

Cost: *Est. $64.99

3. Huffy Bicycle Company Star Wars Rebels Bike

This super cool Star Wars rebels bicycle features a sturdy steel Y frame and even makes sounds effects to send your little rebel on their way.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Padded seat for comfort
  • Training wheels included

Cost: *Est. $71.99

4. Diamondback Cobra 20 Kids Bike

This brightly-colored bicycle features a durable and sturdy steel frame as well as a suspension fork for added riding comfort. The spoke aluminum wheels are rugged and ready for any terrain your child wants to ride on.

Key features:

  • 6 speed grip shift
  • Suitable for children aged 7-9
  • Linear pull alloy brakes

Cost: *Est. $153

This sweet little cruiser is full of pizazz to make your little one the coolest looking rider on the block and features a quick release seat for easy adjustments as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Front caliper brake and coaster brakes
  • Suitable for children aged 5-7
  • Training wheels included

Cost: *Est. $110.09

6. Razor High Roller BMX/Freestyle Bike

This bicycle features a steel BMX frame for the ultimate in durability and stability. The quick release seat makes for easy adjustments as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Street tread tires
  • Radial laced front wheel
  • Front and rear side pull brakes

Cost: *Est. $89.99

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.

Key features:

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

Cost: *Est. $103.49

8. Diamondback Tess 20 Complete Bike

This trail mountain bike features a high tensile steel frame that provides added durability and a suspension fork to absorb shocks and bumps as your child hits the trails.

Key features:

  • Linear pull brakes
  • 21 speeds
  • Suitable for children aged 9-12

Cost: *Est. $175

9. RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kids Bikes

Ideal for both boys and girls, this sports bicycle comes with a bell, tools, and water bottle for a complete riding solution. The quick release seatpost makes is easy to adjust the seat height as your little one grows.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Comes 95% assembled
  • Fully enclosed chain guard

Cost: *Est. From $99.97

This bicycle is the perfect option for the Power Rangers fan in your life and features deluxe paint and graphics for cool styling. Handlebar shield is included for added protection.

Key features:

  • Front caliper and rear coaster brakes
  • Training wheels included
  • Suitable for children age 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $99.99

This sweet ride features a durable heavy duty steel frame that’s built to handle whatever roads your child rides on and comes with a padded seat for additional riding comfort.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Suitable for children aged 5-7
  • Coaster brakes

Cost: *Est. $105

This cool set of wheels features a complete set of Ninja Turtle graphics that’s sure to impress their biggest fan. Your child will be one totally awesome dude with this bicycle. Pizza not included.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Coaster brakes
  • Easy to adjust seat as your child grows

Cost: *Est. $74

13. Strider 12 Pro No-Pedal Balance Bike

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.

Key features:

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

Cost: *Est. $169.99

14. bike*star 40.6cm (16 Inch) Kids Children Girls Bike Bicycle Classic

This classically-styled pink and white bike for girls features a sporty German design along with impact-resistant metallic paint. It comes complete with a bell, rear rack and front basket for a complete package in one.

Key features:

  • Adjustable seat, handlebars and handgrips
  • Fully enclosed chain guard
  • Coaster brakes

Cost: *Est. $149.99

15. Radio Flyer Classic Pink 12 inch Cruiser

The Radio Flyer classic gets an update in this bicycle and is available in a choice of two colors for both little boys and girls. It comes complete with a ringing bell, streamers and removable training wheels for added safety and stability.

Key features:

  • Coaster brakes
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Suitable for children aged 3-7

Cost: *Est. $150.67

Spiderman, Spiderman, rides wherever this Spiderman bike can take him. Graphics on the faceplate, body and seat give this bicycle a stylish look. The solid, durable steel frame and padded seat provide a comfortable ride.

Key features:

  • Coaster brakes
  • Training wheels included
  • Fully enclosed chain guard

Cost: *Est. $89

17. Thomas The Train Bike

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

Key features:

  • Coaster brakes
  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar shield included

Cost: *Est. $72.99

18. Kent Super 20 Boys Bike (20-Inch Wheels)

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.

Key features:

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

Cost: *Est. $175.79

19. Firmstrong Urban Girl Single Speed Beach Cruiser Bicycle

This fashionable cruiser features a curvy design that’s easy to get on and off and is easy on the eyes as well. Hawaiian floral decals on the frame and chain guard provide an added touch of style.

Key features:

  • Durable steel frame
  • Front and rear fenders included
  • Dual spring oversized seat for added comfort

Cost: *Est. $239.99

20. Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Podium Youth Road Bike (24-Inch Wheels)

This sleek and stylish road bike offers a lightweight riding solution for your budding Lance Armstrong. Its durable alloy frame will last for years of on-road riding.

Key features:

  • 8 speeds
  • Padded seat for added comfort
  • Quick release wheels

Cost: *Est. $385

21. ZÜM CX Wooden Balance Bike

This cute little wooden balance bike can be assembled in such as way that it provides two bikes in one. Suitable for children aged 2-6, there are no pedals and no brakes to worry about.

Key features:

  • Comfortable rubber handgrips
  • Sealed bearings for longer wear
  • Adjustable seat height

Cost: *Est. $69.99

This colorful bike features a TIG welded steel frame and fork for the ultimate in durability and comes with wide, knobby tires to provide a smooth and comfortable ride for your child.

Key features:

  • Non-slip pedals
  • Enclosed chain guard
  • Training wheels included

Cost: *Est. $109.99

23. Kawasaki Mono Boys 16- Inch Bike, Black/Green

This bicycle in classic Kawasaki green is a favorite of little boys and features a steel frame for a tough and durable ride. Suitable for children aged 4-8, it features both hand and coaster brakes to help your child stop on a dime.

Key features:

  • Fully enclosed chain guard
  • Training wheels included
  • Padded seat for additional comfort

Cost: *Est. $89.95

24. X-Games FS-16 Boys Bike (16-Inch Wheels)

This sleek ride features a BMX seat and front pegs to help little tricksters nail all their moves. It features both front hand and rear coaster brakes to help your child stop on a dime.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Durable TIG welded steel frame
  • Suitable for children aged 5-7

Cost: *Est. $94.99

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.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar pad
  • Coaster brake

Cost: *Est. $59.99

26. Strider Harley-Davidson No-Pedal Balance Bike

This is one sweet ride for your little cyclist just learning to ride. There are no pedals or brakes to worry about, and the bicycle can be adjusted for children from 18 months up to 5 years of age with ease.

Key features:

  • Provides easy transition to pedal bike
  • Classic Harley-styled look
  • Super lightweight design

Cost: *Est. $129

This bicycle features graphics, designs and stylings from Monster High and boasts a BMX frame that’s easy to ride. It features front hand brakes and a rear coaster brake to help your child stop with ease.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Durable steel frame
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $88.85

This bike features styling in classic John Deere green and a durable heavy-duty steel frame. Front shocks provide a comfortable ride while the front hand and rear coaster brakes ensure you child can stop on a dime.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Rear rack included
  • Suitable for children aged 4-8

Cost: *Est. $131.72

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.

Key features:

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

Cost: *Est. $66.98

This stylish-looking balance bike features no pedals to trip up beginner riders and is available in a choice of 3 colors to suit nearly any little rider’s style. Suitable for children aged 3-5, the durable aluminum frame is built for years of use.

Key features:

  • Adjustable seat
  • Hand brake
  • Pneumatic tires for a smooth and comfortable ride

Cost: *Est. $150

Ideal for beginner riders, this stylish pink and white bicycle features a dual braking system for added security and is easy to assemble out of the box. The durable steel frame is built to last.

Key features:

  • Handlebar pad
  • Training wheels included
  • Front hand and rear coaster brake

Cost: *Est. $53.99

This sporty bicycle is perfect for the Hot Wheels or race fan in your life and features decals and deluxe frame with finish in Hot Wheels motif. Suitable for children aged 5-7, it even features a toy speedometer on the handlebars.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar shield included
  • Front hand and rear coaster brake

Cost: *Est. $73.99

33. Kent Girls Cupcake Bike

This sweet little ride features a durable high tensile steel frame and fork and boasts a quick release seat that’s easy to adjust as your child grows. The bike frame even comes with a limited warranty.

Key features:

  • Coaster brakes
  • Training wheels included
  • Handlebar safety pad included

Cost: *Est. $54.99

34. Bikestar 16 Inch (40.6cm) Kids Childrens Bike Bicycle

This super stylish cruiser offers a modern twist on a classic design and features impact-resistant paint that can stand up to what your child might put it through. A bell, tassels, basket and side kickstand are included with this model.

Key features:

  • Front hand and rear coaster brake
  • Fully enclosed chain guard
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $149.99

This Jeep-themed bicycle features rad styling and a durable steel frame with suspension fork for a comfortable ride. Training wheels are included and the quick release seat clamp makes adjustments a breeze as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Fully enclosed chain guard
  • Padded crossbar
  • Rubber grip handlebars

Cost: *Est. $79.99

This stylin’ balance bike is available in a choice of 3 colors to suit nearly any little cruiser’s tastes and is made from a durable aluminum frame. Extra wide tires provide added stability to your child’s ride.

Key features:

  • Adjustable cushioned seat
  • Pneumatic tires for a smoother ride
  • Front hand brake

Cost: *Est. $89.99

This cool set of wheels features a BMX padded saddle for a comfortable ride and coaster brakes for reliable stopping power. The lowered top tube makes for easier stand over clearance and a more comfortable ride.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children aged 2-3
  • Training wheels included
  • Lightweight aluminum wheels

Cost: *Est. $98

38. Dynacraft 8108-91ZTJ Girls Hello Kitty Cruiser Bike

This stylish cruiser features a full detail of Hello Kitty decals and motifs along with a durable, steel frame that’s built to last. Suitable for those aged 12 and up.

Key features:

  • Front and rear fenders included
  • Coaster brakes
  • Kickstand included

Cost: *Est. $66.76

This bright and colorful bicycle is a cheerful way for your little one to get in some exercise and comes complete with a handbag on the front for storing their lunch or other important items.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Padded seat for added comfort
  • Suitable for those age 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $119

40. Diamondback Bicycles Youth Girls 2015 Mini Della Cruz Complete Cruiser Bike

This mini cruiser bicycle features a high tensile steel frame that’s durable and made to last, with a stylish classic cruiser ‘tank’ top tube design in a bold pink hue that’s sure to impress.

Key features:

  • Front and rear fenders included
  • Extra stand over height
  • Chain guard protector

Cost: *Est. $126

This bicycle features Schwinn’s classic frame in a retro mint green color. Thanks to the low stand over, it offers an easy on and off for beginner riders and comes complete with a banana seat and tassels.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children aged 7-9
  • Coaster brake
  • Adjustable seat

Cost: *Est. $121.49

This sleek bike boasts a durable alloy frame with a derailleur hanger that is replaceable for added longevity. Suitable for children aged 9-12, this road bike will have your little one cruising the neighborhood in style.

Key features:

  • Front hand brakes
  • 7 speed
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $245

This sturdy bike features a number of BMX stylings to provide both a comfortable and durable ride for years to come. Safety pads are included on the handlebars for added protection, and the seat is padded for a quality ride.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children aged 6-9
  • Training wheels included
  • Front hand and rear coaster brakes

Cost: *Est. $124.27

44. Diamondback Bicycles Youth 2015 Push Bike

Ideal for the littlest riders just learning how to get around on two wheels, this push bike features a tall, easy to reach push bar on the back for parents to help guide their little one along. The bar is easily removable, so the bike can be used as a balance bike.

Key features:

  • High tensile steel frame
  • Suitable for children aged 2-3
  • Inflatable tires for a smooth ride

Cost: *Est. $69.99

This rugged mountain bike boasts a durable steel frame and suspension fork to provide a safe and smooth ride. Choose from 18 speeds that are easy to change with a twist of the handle.

Key features:

  • Hand brakes
  • Rugged alloy-rimmed tires
  • Quick adjust seat, padded for added comfort

Cost: *Est. $88.68

Get your little Cars fan all fired up with this bicycle featuring the film’s own Lightning McQueen – ka-chow! It even features a removable die cast car carrying case, ideal for storing and displaying your little one’s favorite cars.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Padded crossbar
  • Suitable for children aged 4-7

Cost: *Est. $99.99

This basic boy’s bike is perfect for those just getting their start on two wheels and is decorated in vibrant colors and logos to help your little one stand out. It features a durable steel BMX-style frame and easy to grip mushroom-style handles.

Key features:

  • Padded handlebar
  • Coaster brake
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $55.99

48. PlaSmart PlasmaBike

This is one seriously cool bicycle. Made from a durable plastic, it’s a balance bike unlike any you’ve ever seen. Thanks to its unique design, it is suitable for use by children as young as 18 months.

Key features:

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Wide wheels won’t tip over when stored
  • Designed and made in Europe

Cost: *Est. $64.99

With a high tensile steel frame and padded BMX seat, this bike will provide your child with years of comfortable riding. Suitable for use by children aged 12 and up.

Key features:

  • Integrated cable detangler
  • Rear lever-controlled U-brake
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $169.95

This durable steel framed bike offers a classic and comfortable way for your child to learn to ride and is easy to assemble. The quick release seat makes for easy adjustments as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Training wheels included
  • Hand and coaster brakes
  • Suitable for children aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $116.53

 
 
   
 
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