2018 Holiday Gift 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?
Throughout the 2018 holiday season, we’ll post all the deals and promotions we come across here.
Hamax Outback Double or Single trailers: Free LED kit ($69 Value) with purchase
25% off the Burley Cub, D’lite, Ecore and Solo: from Burley.com
Thule Trailers: 20% off on Amazon
Child Bike Seats
Thule Front Mounted Seats: 20% off on Amazon
Thule Rear-mounted Seats: 20% off on Amazon
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 bikes, please refer to our article: Balance Bikes: How to Choose.
Balance Bikes Picks for 2018
|Best Splurge - Toddlers||Best Splurge - Age 4+||Best Budget||Best Die-Hard Classic|
GOMO Balance Bike
|Link to Review||WOOM1 Review||Scoot XL Review||GOMO Review||Strider Sport Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? Check our top picks at 10 Best Balance Bike.
Have a young toddler who has just learned to walk? Ride-on Toys are a great “pre-balance bike” to help them learn the basics of how to sit and push, but without the required challenge of learning how to balance.
Best Ride-on Toys for 2018
|Best for an Easy, Stable Ride||Best for Easy Manuevering||Best for the Youngest and Smallest Walkers||Best at Teaching Balance|
Hape Scoot Around
XJD Mini Trike
|Link to Review||Hape Review||YBIKE Pewi||TootScoot Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? Check our top picks at 10 Best Ride-on Toys
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.
|Age Range||2 - 3||3 - 4||4 - 5||5 - 8||8 - 11|
|Clothing Size||3T||3T- 4T||4T - 5||6 - 8||10 - 12|
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 2018
|Best for Adventerous Riders||Cream of the Crop||Best Budget|
Prevelo Alpha One
Raleigh MXR 12/Jazzi 12
|MSRP||$359||$339||$150 (Boys), $129 (Girls)|
|Link to Review||Prevelo One Review||WOOM 2 Review||MXR Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Pedal Bikes Rating and Comparisons Chart
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 2018
|Best Bang for Your Buck||Best for Timid Riders||Best New Comer|
Priority Start 16"
Guardian Ethos 16"
|Link to Review||Priority Start 16" Review||WOOM3 Review||Guardian 16" Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Top 16″ Bikes of 2018.
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 2018
|Best for Neighborhood Riding||Best for Aggressive Riders||Best Budget|
Raleigh MXR 20
|Link to Review||Guardian 20" Single||Cleary Owl Review||Raleigh MXR Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Top 20″ Bikes of 2018.
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 2018
|Best Safety Features||Best All-around||Best for Aggressive Riders|
Prevelo Alpha Four
|Link to Review||Guardian 24" Single||WOOM5 Review||Prevelo Alpha Four Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Top 24″ Bikes of 2018
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 2018
|Best Child Helmet||Best Youth Helmet||Best Budget|
|Link to Review||Giro Scamp Review||Giro Tremor Review||Kali Chakra Review|
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.
From buckling to pulling, compared to other trailers, they excelled in for performance and ease of use.
Bike Trailers Picks for 2018
|Best Everday Use||Best Multi-Use||Best Under $200|
Allen Premium 2
|Link to Review||Burley Encore Review||Thule Cross Review||Allen Premium Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Top Bike Trailers of 2018.
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 2018
|Best Front-Mounted||Best Rear-Mounted||Best Under $100 (Front)|
Thule RideAlong Mini
|Link to Review||Thule RideAlong Mini Review||Hamax Caress Review||WeeRide Kangaroo Review|
WANT MORE OPTIONS? See our Bike Seats Ratings and Comparison Charts.
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.