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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Two Wheeling Tots 2017

Holiday Buying Guide


From balance bikes to hydration packs, we got your biking Christmas lists covered!  We collected our all-time reliable favorites, as well as some newcomers, in one place to help you (and the jolly ‘ole man) bring a smile to everyone’s face this holiday season.  Click on the category listed below to jump to our top picks.

What can we help you find?

 

 

Deals


Throughout the 2017 holiday season, we’ll post all the deals and promotions we come across here.

Balance Bikes

10% off ANY BIKE, Including Yedoo, Muna, Prevelo and Scoot!: Use “legaci2tot” at checkout

25% off Saracen, Muna and Too Too balance bikes at TikesBikes: Coupon code give on site.

10% off any Scoot, Saracen, Muna and Too Too balance bike on WeeBikeShop: Use code “UNICEF” at checkout. An additional 10% of order value will be donated to UNICEF.

10% off Cruzee Bikes plus free shipping in contiguous US, $149+: Use code “cyberweekendsale” at Cruzee.com.  Cruzee Air Review.

WOOM Bikes: WOOM will not be offering holiday deals (so don’t hesitate to buy early for the best selection of colors).

 

Helmets

51% off Giro Scamp (pink and black floral), $17: Sale on REI, limited quantities.  Our Giro Scamp Review.

30% off Giro Scamp (red rocket buddies design in S), $25: Sale at Backcountry.com.

 

Balance Bikes


Balance bikes aren’t simply for helping kids learn to ride without training wheels; they provide years of endless fun and adventure.  As a replacement for a tricycle as well as a small bike with training wheels, balance bikes can go anywhere, from single-track mountain bike trails to skate parks.  For more information about balance, please refer to our article: Balance Bikes: How to Choose.

Balance Bikes Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: Check our top picks at 10 Best Balance Bike.

 

Pedal Bikes


Pedal bikes come in all shapes and sizes.  There isn’t one best pedal bike for one age group, but rather bikes that are best for a particular type of rider. When purchasing a pedal bike, it is particularly important to purchase the correct size bike.  Use our sizing chart as a quick reference, but for more detailed sizing guidelines, please refer to our article Pedal Bikes: How to Choose, which goes over sizing in more detail.

12″ and 14″ Bikes


12″ and 14″ bikes are best for kids aged 2 to 5 who have already mastered a balance bike and are ready to roll without training wheels.  Due to their small nature, we prefer 14″ bikes to 12″ as they offer more room for a child to grow.

14″ Pedal Bikes Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Pedal Bikes Rating and Comparisons Chart

 

16″ Bikes


16″ bikes are best for kids aged 4 to 5 who have grown out of their smaller pedal bike as well as for those who have mastered their balance bike but are too tall for a 12″ or 14″ bike.  The sizing of 16″ bikes vary greatly so be sure to check our Pedal Bikes: How to Choose page to ensure you select a 16″ bike that properly fits your child.

16″ Pedal Bikes Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Top 16″ Bikes of 2017.

 

20″ Bikes


20″ bikes are best for kids aged 5 to 8.  There are a lot of variety in 20″ bikes, including frame size, gearing, and brake types.  The features and sizing of 20″ bikes vary greatly so be sure to check our Pedal Bikes: How to Choose page to ensure you select a bike that fit your child’s size and riding style.

20″ Pedal Bikes Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Top 20″ Bikes of 2017.

 

24″ Bikes


24″ bikes are best for kids aged 8 to 11.  Like adult bikes, 24″ bikes come in a variety of types, including neighborhood, mountain and road bikes.  If you are in the market for a specialized bike for road or mountain or simply want more options, check out our Pedal Bikes Rating and Comparisons Chart page for more options.

24″ Pedal Bikes Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Pedal Bikes Rating and Comparisons Chart

 

Helmets


Fit is king when it comes to helmets.  A helmet can only protect a child if it is properly fitted to their head.  Our favorite helmets are durable, easy to adjust and once adjusted stay in place when in use.  Be sure to check out our Helmets: How to Choose article to learn about the various features available in helmets.

Kid’s Bike Helmet Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Helmets Rating and Comparisons Chart

 

Bike Trailers & Bike Seats


Trailers and bike seats are a great way to out riding with the whole family.  Trailers are available with a wide variety of features and price ranges and can also be used as stroller and joggers.  For more information about trailers, please read our Trailers: How to Choose article.  Bike seats offer a front row seat for kids and can mount to the front or rear of the bike.  Compatibility between bike seats and bikes is often a problem, so be sure to read Child Bike Seats: How to Choose before purchasing a seat.

Bike Trailers


From buckling to pulling, compared to other trailers, they excelled in for performance and ease of use.

Bike Trailers Picks for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Top Bike Trailers of 2017.

 

Bike Seats


Safe, secure and comfortable, these seats were easy to use and were favored by both parent and child alike.  Be sure to read Child Bike Seats: How to Choose to ensure compatibility before purchasing a seat.

Bike Seats for 2017

WANT MORE OPTIONS: See our Bike Seats Ratings and Comparison Charts.

 

Stocking Stuffers


From books to shirts, here are a few of our favorite biking accessories.  For older kids, Osprey hydration packs are a lifesaver on longer rides (we prefer Osprey’s bite valve to Camelbak’s) while a fun bell or book staring a bike riding superhero can help instill the love for biking in the youngest riders.

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: October 26, 2017

  • Jered Goodyear

    Hi Natalie,

    A couple of years ago we bought a Woom 3 after reading up on our options on your site. It was my son’s first bike post-balance bike and he immediately took to it and loved it. Fast forward, he is 5 (will be 6 in January) and had outgrown that bike. His inseam is about 21″ or so, and we are looking at 20″ bikes. He is a good little rider. He rides mostly around the neighborhood, and we live near the beach so the average terrain is fairly flat. That said, we’d like the option of taking the bike with us camping to different terrain or if he takes an interest to it to be able to take him on the local trails now and again. So, two questions:

    1) Geared vs. Single Speed. This is the first question, because if we go geared, I think we’d likely just move up to the Woom 4.

    2) If Single Speed, I was debating between the Guardian 20″ and the Cleary Owl. (FYI he’s not a crazy aggressive BMX rider or anything, but he does like to go off the curbs and show you his “tricks”).

    They all seem like great bikes but between the choosing geared vs single and between the Guardian 20″ (braking system seems awesome! that said, any concerns about the single break preventing them from learning a two brake system, which they will likely go to eventually, or being a step backward if they are coming from a two brake system?) and the Cleary, I’m at a loss. In the end, I just want another bike as great as the last – one that will continue to let him love being on his bike and making new memories, and one that will last.

    Thank you!!

    • anon

      At age six many kids can and do learn gears – I’d take a look at how he rides. Does he like to go very fast? Do you think he is ready motor skill wise for gears or is he rather uncoordinated? Does *he* want gears?

      However, for more basic casual trail riding, a a single speed like the Cleary is fine.

      On the SureStop I can’t really say for sure whether it would be a step back or not. However, as many kids are taught to only break with their rear break and use the front sparingly if at all, it probably isn’t the biggest setback.

      It does pose some disadvantages for more technical riding I believe, but that probably doesn’t effect you. (It should be noted I’m not very well versed in those matters, though, so I’d talk to someone in the know about the kinds of trails/riding you plan on.)

      Additionally, the Guardian is the heaviest of all those bikes.

      I’d probably go for the Woom if you decide he is ready for gears, and the Cleary if you decide to wait on those.

    • Welcome back and glad to help!

      First, single versus geared. Since you ride mainly in flat areas, single would likely be fine. If in your travels the different terrain you are traveling to has some steep hills, then geared would be better. Learning when to shift is a challenge for 6-year-old, so you will likely have to help him shift when you are around different level terrains for a while, but he will learn with time. If the hills are mild, I would stick to a single-speed just for simplicity. Kids are hard on bike and gears can be pricey to fix when the out of tune.

      If you stick with single, you can’t go wrong with the Guardian or the Cleary. The Guardian is slightly bigger, so he will have a little more room to grow, but the Cleary is slightly lighter. If you were just riding around town, I would go with the Cleary, but since you are planning on using it on your trips, the braking system on the Guardian would come in handy. The brakes on the Cleary are not bad by any means, but he will be able to stop faster on the Guardian. Like the gearing question though, the more hilly the terrain, the greater the need for safer brakes (as well as gears).

      If you go with geared, the WOOM4 would be perfect.

      Lastly, I wouldn’t be concerned about learning the brake incorrectly with the Guardian. The brake lever is on the right side, which on all US adult brakes is connected to the rear brake. Kids (and adults 🙂 ) should always brake with either just their right hand or both hands, NEVER just with the rear. With a Guardian bikes, kids learn to brake with only their right hand. As a result, when the move onto a brake with two levers, they will instinctively brake with their right first, which is exactly what they should do. Learning to brake with both hands generally comes very quickly and without any issues.

  • Tracy Greer

    Hi! I have an almost 4 1/2 year old boy and I’m looking to upgrade his bike for him for the holidays. He was on his FirstBike balance bike at 18 months old and by 2 1/2 he was on the woom 2 peddling away. He’s outgrown it. He’s 45 inches tall with a 19 inch inseam. I was thinking I would go to a 16 inch but after reading a bunch on your site it seems like he could go up to a 20 inch. What are your thoughts on that? I’ve been looking at Cleary, Islabikes & Guardian bikes. I would love your thoughts on what you think would be best for him.

    • anon

      A 20in bike will definitely give him more room for growth, and it’s what I would recommend as he is already a confident pedal biker and is quite tall for his age. The Guardian has the tallest seat height out of all of those, and so would be a bit of a stretch. It is also the heaviest of those bikes.

      The Cleary Owl, CNOC 20, and also the Pello Reddi would be good choices for your son and better fit for his inseam.

      If you will be doing lots of longer, paved rides (or he is very lightweight) I would go for the CNOC. If he is a more aggressive neighborhood rider who is likely to throw himself at every rock and curb, the Clearly is more appropriate. The Pello Reddi actually has the highest gearing of them all, so will have the fastest top speed, but be hardest to start. Natalie recommends the Pello Reddi for less aggressive neighborhood riders and paved trail rides, according to her review of it.

      Hopefully that helps!

      • Tracy Greer

        Thanks so much for the feedback! I need to decide between the CNOC & the Clearly Owl. Tough choice! Thanks again! I really appreciate it!

        • anon

          It’s no problem. Either bike is a very solid choice, and you can’t really be overly ‘wrong’. As I noted above – the CNOC is better for lighter weight, more timid riders or long paved rides. The Owl is better for more aggressive riders (going off curbs, sharp turns, ramps, jumps, etc) as it has bit more weight, which actually helps riders feel more stable when throwing their weight around. Either bike would be quite excellent for an average neighborhood rider.

  • T

    We just got a scoot about for our 16 month old and a Joovy Noodle helmet. She will also be riding in a bike seat, and now we are wondering if we should exchange the Noodle for a Giro Scamp since it appears to be flatter at the back. It’s hard to tell from online photos, does anyone have feedback on this or a side on photo of both helmets?

    • anon

      The Scamp is going to be flatter in the back than the Noodle. I might put her in the bike seat wearing the helmet to see how much of an issue it poses in your situation specifically, first though. If it’s pushing her head forward, the Scamp would likely be a better choice. Any of the other helmets listed in the 9 – 18 month helmet comparison list would also have a flatter back.

  • laurenb252

    Hi! I need a little help. My daughter will 4 in February. She is tall for her age–40in tall and an inseam just shy of 17in. She flies around on her balance bike and can even ride a two wheel bike at school –It has pedals connected to the front wheel like a tricycle, but it sits upright….she pushes like a balance bike and then starts pedaling it after she is moving. Anyway, I would like to skip training wheels as she clearly can balance but I’m worried that the 16in bikes are going to be a smudge too big for her. Our local bike shop really pushed the Specialized riprock 16 coaster, but also has the Norco 14in sparkle freewheel or mermaid coaster. I’m leaning towards the priority 14in. It just seems she is right between outgrowing the 14in and too small for 16in. Any advice?

    • anon

      It’s generally best for a first pedal bike to have a minimum seat height as close as possible to the riders inseam – this allows them to push the bike along to get started (as your daughter already does!) and to easily get their feet down if they lose balance or to slow down/stop.

      The 14in Norco would be a much better fit than the Riprock for her, especially as a first pedal bike. The Riprock is a bigger 16in – she might fit with training wheels, but it’s too much for a small balance bike grad!

      I’d go for the Sparkle freewheel over the Mermaid coaster any day – coaster brakes are problematic for beginning riders, good quality handbrakes are much better.

      Other options- the Stampede Sprinter 14 or Frog 43 if she is adventurous or likely to progress to such, if she’s more timid and won’t be throwing herself off curbs then the Priority Start 14 could be a good choice.

      If she’s eager and not really timid she could manage a 16in with a lower seat height, where the balls of her feet are on the ground. The Prevelo Alpha Two or the Spawn Yoji 16 both have the lower seatheight you want. Actually, if that inseam was taken barefoot shoes might make up nearly all the difference on the Yoji!