10 Best Kids Bikes In 2017

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Bicycles are one of the best ride-on toys we can ever give to kids as these have been proven both by researchers and leading child development experts to be highly beneficial for children’s optimum growth and development. From their physical development to the enhancement of their cognitive skills and emotional health, these 10 best kids bikes in 2017 are your best tools for realizing their full development potential.

10 Best Bikes For Kids

PictureBike ModelBrandAges
Huffy Bicycle Company - Disney Frozen Bike, Frosty Teal Blue, 12-InchHuffy3-5 Years
Dynacraft 8109-34ZTJ Boys Throttle Magna Bike, Black/Red/White, 20"Dynacraft6-10 Years
#21726 Star Wars Episode VII 16" BikeHuffy3-5 Years
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boy's Bicycle, 16-Inch, BlackTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3-6 Years
Schwinn Girls' Petunia 12-inch Steerable Bike,Pink/WhiteSchwinn2-6 Years
Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Cobra Junior Boy's Mountain Bike (20-Inch Wheels), One Size, OrangeDiamondback7-9 Years

1Disney Frozen Bike by Huffy Bicycle Company

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Age Range: 3-5 years old

It is very rare to meet a child who doesn’t know Frozen or even sing a line or two of the famous hit song associated with the film. That’s why we believe that the Disney Frozen Bike is simply an amazing gift to give to a child who simply cannot seem to get enough of the magical snowy and icy world created by Princess Elsa, Princess Anna, and the rest of the gang. The Disney Frozen Bike is a kids cycle that is purposely designed for the followers of the two lovely princesses complete with decal patterns from the hit movie. It also comes with a fashion bag that is perfect for keeping all of your child’s other Frozen memorabilia as well as trinkets and other belongings. The Disney Frozen bicycle comes with training wheels which is what young children need to make sure they learn to balance themselves while pedaling the bicycle without fear of falling or losing their balance. Once they have built their confidence riding the bicycle, you can simply remove the training wheels so they’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of cycling. The ATB seat is fully padded for optimum riding comfort. The curved Y-frame is made of high grade durable solid steel giving it superb strength and structural rigidity. The 12 inch pneumatic tires are just right for moving your kid across a variety of surfaces whether it’s paved roads, grass, or even moderately sandy or pebbled pathways. Your little princess will surely appreciate her very first venture in the world of cycling.

What We Like about It – The Disney Frozen kids cycle is especially designed for the young princess who is just discovering the joys of cycling.

2Dynacraft 8109-34ZTJ Boys Throttle Magna Bike by Dynacraft

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Age Range: 6-10 years old

Young school age boys are typically becoming more adventurous, more action-oriented. They require physical activities that require some form of physical challenge on their part. What better way to nurture their motivation for adventure than giving them the Dynacraft Boys Throttle Magna Bike? Designed in the iconic BMX frame used by extreme professional athletes especially those involved in the X-Games and other similar fast-paced action sports, the Dynacraft Throttle Magna boasts of a very rugged BMX frame which is known for sturdiness and durability. Your young daredevil can learn and perfect tricks and stunts using the Dynacraft Throttle Magna, growing ever confident each time he is able to complete a certain trick. With its 20 inch tires allowing for greater versatility in the performance of stunts, the Dynacraft Throttle Magna is simply an amazing ride-on toy to take to school, to the park, or even over the hill and almost anywhere else. There are no brake cords that can get in the way of its control and maneuverability because of a uniquely designed coaster brake system. Once your boy pushes back on the pedal, it activates the system to get the Dynacraft Throttle Magna to a complete stop. This frees the hands from having to squeeze a brake caliper that is usually integrated in the handlebar. And speaking of the handlebar, Dynacraft Throttle Magna bicycles for kids already come with fully padded handlebars. The fully adjustable black saddle is also well padded for optimum comfort. While these are definitely not cheap kids bikes, they are more reasonably priced than most.

What We Like about It – The Dynacraft Throttle Magna is a great gift to a young boy who wishes to explore the adventurous world of BMX biking where he can learn to perform tricks and stunts that are sure to wow the crowd.

3Star Wars Episode VII Bike by Huffy Bicycle Company

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Age Range: 3-5 years old

It’s cute. It’s adorable. It’s got fun and colorful design. That’s what majority of Moms and Dads think about the Star Wars Episode VII bicycle. A closer look at the design theme of the Star Wars Episode VII kids cycle is that the wheels are patterned after BB8. Even the decals on the frame, handle bar, and the saddle has hints of BB8’s unique pattern. Now, your child will be able to align himself or herself with the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the dark forces of the First Order. It’s a superbly built ride-on toy with inter-galactic appeal that is sure to bring a smile to any kid who puts his or her bottom on the fully padded BB8-themed saddle. Braking on the BB8 is made super simple because of its use of a coaster brake technology. Your young apprentice or rebel alliance member will have his or her hands gripping comfortably on the equally padded handlebar. It’s got training wheels, too, which is just perfect for training young Jedis and Resistance fighters master the art of riding the galactic cycle so they will become better prepared balancing the ride-on with much ease and greater confidence. The 12-inch wheels are specifically built to provide optimum riding comfort for your child.

What We Like about It – The Star Wars Episode VII childrens bikes are phenomenally designed cycles that have ingeniously integrated many of the design elements of one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars film franchise.

423556 Girls’ Good Vibrations Cruiser Bicycle by Huffy Bicycle Company

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Age Range: 7-10 years old

In the 1950s, young girls and ladies alike road in super sleek and super sexy bicycles known as cruisers. These had iconic curved frames that exude with femininity. The handlebars were swept backwards instead of the contemporary linear configuration. If you get the Huffy Girls’ Good Vibrations Cruiser Bicycle, we can guarantee that you will be riding it more often than your young girl. This is especially true for those who were born in the 40s to the 50s or even those from the 90s who are fond of vintage looking objects. It will be like traveling down memory lane. You’ll be transported to a time when everyone was just as carefree from their newly-obtained freedoms. Today, you can share the same feelings of nostalgia with your respective daughters, nieces, granddaughters, and everybody else with the Girls Good Vibrations Cruiser childrens bikes. These blast from the past cycles are specifically designed for optimum comfort. It comes with its signature cruiser bicycle frame, a uni-crown fork that’s made of steel, fenders, and dual density grips. The saddle is decorated with contrasting embroidery and piping. The saddle itself is built with a spring system which gives your little princess an entirely different perspective as to how people of the 50s rode their bikes. The 20 inch white wall tires are mated to 28-spoke rims. The Good Vibrations Cruiser cycle also comes with rear coaster brakes allowing your young girl to have full control on the handlebars and on the cycle itself. Cruising down memory lane is made a lot more meaningful with the Good Vibrations Cruiser kids cycle.

What We Like about It – The Girls Good Vibrations Cruiser remains faithful to the classic original design of the 1950s cruiser from its frame right down to the spring saddle. It is thus, a great tool for sharing with kids one of the most iconic modes of girls’ transportation in the decade right after the Second World War.

5Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys’ Bicycle by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Age Range: 3-6 years old

Fighting the evil horde of Master Shredder requires strength of character, the skillful use of ninja weapons, and a superbly built means of transportation to keep up with Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Rafael as well as Master Splinter. To help young boys train for the big fight, they need the sturdy and highly reliable construction of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys’ Bicycle. This ride-on toy is the perfect kids cycle for those who are also aspiring to become ninjas in a half shell; although, the turtle shell does not really come included in the package. Available in either black or silver color schemes, the TMNT boys cycle comes fully adorned with prints from our favorite fighting amphibians. The handlebars, saddle, chain guard, and frame are all adorned with TMNT patterns to give your child a truly turtle-y riding experience. There are no hand brakes to worry about as the TMNT cycle comes with a rear coaster brake technology. Activating this particular system is as simple as pushing back on the pedal. The TMNT also comes packaged with a set of training wheels which you can easily connect to the rear wheel nut. This is crucial for very young TMNT fans as they learn to master the art of riding the cycle until they grow in confidence. Like a Ninja in training, your young boy will slowly gain confidence in his abilities which should culminate in the removal of the training wheels. This is often taken as a sign that your child is more than ready to perfect the art of balancing on two wheels.

What We Like about It – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys Bicycle is great for young fans of the TMNT franchise. Its sturdy construction and bold application of TMNT designs are also commendable.

6Schwinn Girls’ Petunia 12 Inch Steerable Bike by Schwinn

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Age Range: 2-6 years old

One of the prettiest childrens bikes we’ve seen so far and perhaps the best bike for kids especially the younger ones is the Schwinn Girls Petunia Steerable Bike. Why is it the best? Well, this is the only kiddie cycle in our list that actually functions in three different ways. First, it’s a push ride-on toy. Your young child sits on the saddle, holds onto the handlebar, and you push the bike using the push handle that you attach to a mechanism just at the base of the saddle rod. This is excellent for very young children as all they have to do is to sit there, hang on, and let Mommy or Daddy do the rest. With the push handle, you can effectively steer the Schwinn Girls Petunia without any input from your child. The push handle comes with a bottle holder to keep you hydrated during these awesome walks. Once your child is feeling more confident riding the Schwinn Girls Petunia, it’s time to remove the push handle and just leave the training wheels still attached to the rear wheels. This way, your young princess will be the one to propel herself by pedaling. There’s no worry about possible falls as the training wheels help guarantee stability and balance. By the time confidence has reached its peak, you can now remove the training wheels altogether so that your young girl will be more focused on learning how to balance with movement. The Schwinn Girls Petunia comes with built-in fenders for both the front and rear tires to help keep your child free from road grit and dirt. The chain guard also fully encloses the chain drive to help keep kids safe and clean. The handlebar comes with an integrated fashionable bag, perfect for keeping your little princess’ things and trinkets. With floral designs in pink color scheme, the Schwinn Girls Petunia is a very lovely kids cycle built especially for the young girl of today.

What We Like about It – The Schwinn Girls Petunia’s 3-in-1 nature is the perfect solution for helping kids learn how to ride a bike in a sequential manner. Each step of the process builds self-confidence which is very important in biking activities.

72014 Cobra Junior Boys’ Mountain Bike by Diamondback Bicycles

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Age Range: 7-9 years old

It’s designed like a BMX bike capable of performing a lot of stunts and tricks like those fantastic X-Gamers. But, it’s also one of the best kids mountain bikes available because of its sturdy construction. We’re actually talking about the 2014 Cobra Junior Boys Mountain Bike. This kids cycle is purposely built for the young mountain trekker who fancies conquering rocky hills, forested areas, mountain trails, and other areas that other types of bicycles simply don’t dare go. The mountain bike frame is made of heavy duty steel so that it can withstand the abuse that is often associated with rugged terrain. However sturdy it is, rider comfort is also a must in such a design. As such, Diamondback designed the fork of the 2014 Cobra Junior with a superb array of 30mm travel suspension systems to help dampen the effects of rugged terrain. This effectively absorbs the impact forces that are often experienced by mountain bikers. Adding to the structural integrity of the 2014 Cobra Junior are 20 inch aluminum wheels with 36 spokes. We all know aluminum to be both lightweight and highly durable at the same time. The 2014 Cobra Junior also comes with a 6-speed freewheel transmission system so that your child will be able to navigate steep gradients and crooked paths with surgical precision. Braking is made possible not by a coaster brake type of system but by the more mainstream linear pull brakes mated to both the front and rear wheels. If you have a child who fascinates himself as an extreme mountain biker, the 2014 Cobra Junior is a great introductory cycle to satisfy his need for a great mountain or off-road adventure on two wheels.

What We Like about It – The 2014 Cobra Junior is one of the coolest mountain bikes we’ve seen; thanks to its splendid combination of sturdy construction, ample shockproofing, superb drivetrain, and a simple and classic design.

8Thomas the Train 8514-96TJ Boys Bike by Thomas & Friends

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Age Range: 3-6 years old

For fans of Thomas, Percy, Gordon, and James as well as the hundreds other characters on the fictional Island of Sodor, getting the Thomas the Train Boys Bike will simply be too good to pass on. Designed in the classic styling of Thomas the Tank Engine, inarguably the most popular and the friendliest train engine on the island of Sodor, the Thomas the Train kids cycle comes with beautiful graphics that will make your child feel as if he were really riding on Thomas. In case your young boy doesn’t know how to ride a bike yet, there’s no reason to fret since these bicycles for kids already come fully packaged with training wheels. Simply attach them to their respective nuts and your young boy will be on his way to building confidence in riding the bike. The Thomas the Train features a handlebar shield that’s designed with Thomas the Tank Engine details. It comes with coaster brakes so that brake cables won’t interfere with your child’s mastery of the ride-on toy. Now, exploring the island of Sodor on two wheels has just been made more fun.

What We Like about It – Thomas the Train childrens bikes are exceptionally designed with all the unique elements that make Thomas the Tank Engine well-loved by kids all around the world.

9Titan Girls’ Flower Power Princess BMX Bike by Titan

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Age Range: 5-7 years old

It’s preppy and very fashionable. Looking at the Titan Girls Power Princess BMX bike, it is not uncommon to hear people say that it’s more like the Flower Power of the great 1960s where everyone were espousing for liberal idealism and great music. While the Titan Girls Power Princess BMX does not contain only flower elements, the entire color scheme is fruity and takes on the vibrant colors of springtime when flowers bloom at their finest and the fields are blanketed in green. The Titan Girls Power Princess BMX features a doll seat just behind the saddle, perfect for carrying your young princess’ favorite doll. It also comes with a basket with a basketweave pattern right in front of the handlebar, ideal for keeping fresh blooms and other items that your young girl would like to have. Colorful streamers adorn the edges of the handlebars giving you a feeling of carnival fun. The BMX frame comes with multi-colored decals while the stem and handlebar are finished in lemon green. It also comes with training wheels so your child will be able to feel more confident riding the Titan Girls Power Princess BMX a lot faster than usual.

What We Like about It – The Titan Girls Power Princess BMX is a very colorful kids cycle primarily intended to bring the joys of summer and spring in the biking experience.

10Roadmaster Granite Peak Boys’ Mountain Bike by Roadmaster 

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Age Range: At least 12 years old

With an 18-speed transmission made of professional grade Shimano hardware, the Roadmaster Granite Peak Boys Mountain Bike is not your ordinary mountain bike. Smooth and super precise shifting is ensured by its array of SRAM drive-twist shifters. The Roadmaster Granite Peak comes with 24-inch knobby tires designed specifically for rugged terrains and duly supported by high-grade alloy rims. The suspension fork system helps ensure a smoother ride while its rugged steel frame helps extend its durability for many years to come. The Roadmaster Granite Peak is the perfect companion for young road warriors who would like to conquer their own mountain trails using the best possible equipment available to them.

What We Like about It – The 18-speed transmission system of the Roadmaster Granite Peak is simply admirable as it gives a lot of options for older children.

How We Chose the Ten Amazing Kiddie Bikes in Our List

For this project, choosing the top 10 bicycles for kids was relatively easy despite the fact that there are literally hundreds of such ride-on toys in the market. What we did was to look at the customer review ratings of each of these products. We had to set the bar a bit higher in this case. Usually, we only include those with at least 4.0 stars. For this project, we took only those with consumer product ratings not lower than 4.3 stars. As this is not really enough, we skimmed through the different reviews about the shortlisted bicycles for kids to get an idea of the actual performance of the toys. This gave us a glimpse of the pros and cons of each one so we can give you our best recommendations about the said bicycles.

We then considered the appropriateness of the design of the bicycle to the developmental age of children. Not all kids can master riding a bike right away. As such, features that will enable them to learn riding a bike in a progressive manner are essential things to consider. All other features were evaluated for their contribution to the overall development of children. Safety and comfort were also overriding concerns. The structural integrity of the bicycle had to be ensured to help guarantee its safety. The different materials used in its design and construction should be sturdy, comfortable, of high quality, and safe, whenever appropriate.

The reputation of the bicycle company was also evaluated. It is very important to include only products from well-established manufacturers that have been in the industry for many years. This helps provide the peace of mind we’ll ever need about the quality and safe construction of these types of ride-on toys.

Ensuring a Safer Biking Experience for Your Child

Biking is a very fun way to enjoy the outdoors. It is particularly beneficial for children as this can have an impact on their physical, emotional, and cognitive development. However, because balance is an inherent requirement for biking, there is always a risk of falls due to a loss of balance. Hence, it is important to always consider bike safety whenever your child takes his or her bicycle for a spin. Here are some things we can teach kids about bicycle safety.

  • Teach your child never to play on the road.
  • Teach your child never to ride on busy streets.
  • Teach your child never to ride his or her bike at night.
  • Teach your child to stop whenever there are stop signs.
  • Teach your child to always ride his or her bike with traffic.
  • Teach your child to always stop and look before crossing any intersection or before entering any roadway.
  • Teach your child how to use basic hand signals to signify their intention to other motorists in the area.
  • Teach your child never to ride his or her bike without a complete protective gear including a prescribed biker’s helmet and elbow and knee pads.

The Bottom Line

Biking is fun especially when safety in riding is ensured. While it is our job as parents to become role models for biking safety for our children, we should always start by choosing the best equipment that they will be riding on. Our 10 best kids bikes in 2017 are always a good place to start. If you would like to see more bikes, check out our guide on the best balance bikes for kids here.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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