Buying A Kid’s Mountain Bike – What You Need To Know Before You Buy


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When buying a kid’s mountain bike, it is important to know what you are looking for, as it is a serious investment. The first step is making sure the child is old enough. A lot of parents get nervous when that happens and then have to buy a new one. Check how far the child can go on his or her bike. Children usually start with a 200mm frame, but this can be stretched, depending on how fast the child is.

Kids Mountain Bikes

Kids mountain bikes are usually available in only 24 and 26 wheels, aimed mainly at younger children, but there are other smaller versions available, and even bigger ones for over half the age. Remember that each child differs in height, so check how far the bike can go by using the pedals. Also check the gear ratio – gears will be easier to change if they are in the right order. With older kids, a bigger gear range will be more suitable, as larger gears reduce the need to shift gears as you can do with a smaller range. Remember that bike brands vary greatly in terms of the number of gears and chainrings they offer.

Single Pedal

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The second thing to consider is the type of pedals you want your kid to have. Kids’ bikes with a single pedal are easy to make and don’t require much room in the trunk, whereas those with two pedals are more complicated and might take longer to fit. Also think about whether your kid is going to use his or her hands or his or her feet. Some kid’s mountain bike bikes are designed with kids feet in mind, with a foot-pedaled bike having a handlebar that can be pushed back towards the foot pedals when desired. Make sure your kid is old enough to use these pedals before buying them.

There is a huge variety of kid’s mountain bike styles, but the most popular among them are the urban and freestyle styles. Urban bikes are similar to normal mountain bikes, with freestyle features such as hand controls and drop bars. They often feature a shorter top tube and wide, low-set handlebars. A regular mountain bike has a longer top tube and a relaxed head tube. The drop bar, or seat tube, is lower than the top tube and this makes the bike more comfortable for riding.

Level Of Riding Skill

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Another factor that you need to consider is the level of riding skill of your kids. There is a huge variety of kid’s mountain bike types, so it is difficult to know which one will be the best for your child. If they love to ride on the trails, then go for a full suspension bike. These bikes offer better shock absorption and provide a smoother ride. On the other hand, if they love to ride on the dirt trails, then opt for a dirt bike. These bikes have better suspension and are able to absorb impacts better.

You may also want to look into kid’s mountain bike parts such as a kid’s MTB tire. Kids typically grow up very quickly; therefore, their feet will grow very fast, and this can put a lot of pressure on their feet and ankles. A flat tire can feel much more irritating than a pothole in the road! Therefore, a flat tire can be much more painful and even dangerous than a blowout at the local race track.

Last Words 

Finally, you should make sure that your kid’s mountain bike has the necessary equipment to cope with the weather. It is important to have layers of clothes and socks on, and you should take rain and wind resistance into consideration. The last thing you want is to take your child out on a trail in inclement weather only to have their bike breakdown on a mountain trail! Make sure that your child’s equipment can cope with all kinds of weather conditions, and you will be able to enjoy the great outdoors for as long as they are with you.

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