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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?

 

 

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.

 

Deals


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

Pedal Bikes & Balance Bikes

WOOM Bikes: WOOM will NOT be offering an holiday deals, so don’t hesitate to buy early for the best selection of colors.

25% off Cube brand kids’ bikes at Chain Reaction: Until 11/16 only, available in all size pedal bikes and balance bikes.  Prices range from $141 (balance bike) to 27.5″ front suspension bike for $374.99.  Cube brand bikes are popular in the UK and are known for their great quality for their price.  We have not had a chance to review any of their bikes.

15% off All Stampede Bikes: Deal runs the entire month of November.  Use code “NOVBLK17” at checkout.

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: October 26, 2017