Skuut Balance Bike
Recommended for kids ages 2-5, the Skuut is a two-wheel bike that does not have pedals. Instead, children use their feet to make it go. This little wooden bikes lets kids learn how to balance and steer. The confidence and coordination gained on this bike lets kids make the jump to a regular bike without training wheels. The Skuut retails for $95 and can be purchased online at Skuut.com or in store from a Skuut dealer.
Marin MBX 50
The Marin MBX 50 gives little riders the chance to use real hand brakes. A single rear hand brake combined with a traditional coaster brake teaches kids how to use different styles of brakes, helping them to later make the transition to an adult bike. The Marin MBX 50 can be found at Marinbikes.com.
Electra Townie 1
Electra's Townie series boasts simple cruiser bikes that are ready for any trip around town. The kids' version is a single speed bike with a coaster break and sleek frame design. Without any exposed parts to get smashed or bent, this Townie is a great choice for kids who commute to school or ride around the neighborhood with friends. Find the kids' Townie bike at Electrabike.com.
Scott Spark RC JR
The Spark RC JR has the features of an adult mountain bike. The 24-inch wheels fit a smaller body, but the full suspension is ready for big riding. This is the bike for kids who want to spend their weekends on the trail on a bike that's built to last. At a price of $1,199, this bike is an investment, but it's quality will allow you to pass it down to all the kids in your family.This bike can be found at Scottusa.com.
Schwinn Midi Fastback
The Midi Fastback is a road bike with 24-inch tires. This bike is for kids who've caught the racing bug. With its drop bars, it's a real racing bike sized right for a kid. Retailing at $699, the Midi Fastback is made from quality parts that withstand years of riding. It can be found online at Schwinnbike.com.
Article Written By Kathrine Cole
Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.