I will be reviewing the best baby cycles, tricycles/trikes, balance bikes for kids in India. The objective is to make a comprehensive guide on how to select cycles. This guide should also helbp you select the best cycle for kids as per their age and requirements.
Riding a cycle is one of the healthiest form of exercise for your kids. Riding at a young age helps them build their motoring skills. Skills required for co-ordination and balance. Cycling also helps them build up strong muscles. Children who spend time cycling during the day also tend to sleep well at night.
How to select the right bicycle for kids in India?
A lot of parents have this question. It is important for you to find the best bicycle for your kid. However, there is no easy answer available on the internet. So I have made this table which should work fine for most parents.
- Toddlers (Under 2 years) – Tricycles
- Kids from 2 to 5 years – Balance Bikes
- Kids from 3 to 6 years – Small wheel bicycle – 12 or 14 Inches (With training wheels if needed)
- Kids from 6 to 9 years – Mid sized wheels, 20 Inches
- Kids/Teens from 10 to 14 Years – 24 Inches wheels
Note – This is a rough estimate to give you idea of cycle size. Select the size as per the height of you kid.
Which are the best Bicycles for Kids in India?
- Toddlers Tricycle (Under 2 years) – Amardeep Multipurpose Tricycle (You can also read our full review on best tricycles in India)
- Kids from 2 to 5 years – Balance Bikes by Brilrider (Click on the link for price and user reviews)
- Kids from 3 to 6 years – Hero Flash (Available in Blue and Pink on Flipkart)
- Kids from 6 to 9 years – Hero Sprint Elite (Flipkart)
- Kids/Teens from 10 to 14 Years – Btwin Poply (Decathlon)
How to teach your kid to ride a bicycle:
The most important bit that parents need to understand that each child has his/her own learning cycle. So please do not force(motivate as you would call it 🙂 ) to cycle. A few kids pick it up early, a few kids might not cycle till they are 4.
The second tip that I can give parents is that they should first buy a Balance bike (Check out the Brilrider from the link above). Balance bikes do not have pedals and kids are supposed to push them with their feet. This helps them slowly start balancing themselves. They tend to start going faster on these bikes in a matter of days. Check out a video on how a balance bike can help your kid ride a bicycle.
Generally the balance bikes (also the good ones available in India) do not have brakes. The kids will learn to brake using their feet.
Once your kid has mastered and out grown the balance bike, you can go for pedal bike. It will be much easier for them to start riding this new bicycle with pedal as they already know how to balance themselves.
I am not a big fan of the trainer wheels as kids tend to start using them to coast or rest upon. This means they take time to master their balance on the bicycle.
You can watch the video below for how to teach your kids to ride a pedal bicycle.
Safety precautions for kids:
I am a big supporter of teaching kids the right things from the very beginning. I believe you should always encourage them to wear proper protective gear before cycling (Or playing any outdoor sport/activity for that matter).
Buying them a right helmet and teaching them to wear it every time they ride their bike is very important.
I hope this guide has given some help you buy the best cycle for your child. Do let me know your feedback in the comments below. Also, do share if there are any additional points that you would like to be covered in this guide. I will try my best to them included.