kids bikes

Buying a kids bike

Here at Cycle Sprog we’re here to help you find the perfect bike for your child. We don’t sell bikes ourselves – we’re here to help you decide which bikes you should be considering for your child and your budget, and where to buy your final choice from.

We only feature quality kids bikes that will last several children, which we’ve either ridden ourselves or which have been recommended to us by other keen cycling parents.

We’ll also help you through the process of deciding whether to buy a bike (either new or second-hand) or lease one.

Take a moment to GRAB YOUR FREE KIDS BIKE BUYING CHECKLIST which will help you record all the information you need to find the perfect bike for your child. 


What type of bike are you looking for?

If you already know what type of bike you’re looking for, you can go straight to our recommendations for each type of bike:

The best kids bikes for all ages

Kids bikes are sold according to their wheel size (in inches).  Small starter bikes (12″ to 18″ tend to come without gears) and 20″ wheels and over you can add in gears to make getting up hills easier.

If you’re not sure what type of geared bike you’re looking for, then we always recommend a good quality hybrid bike.

We’ve selected the best kids bikes in each size to help you find that perfect bike.  We’ve included new, secondhand and lease options so all budgets are covered.

Not found what you’re looking for?

If you’ve not found the perfect bike just yet, then here’s all our bike related articles for you to browse through:

The cheapest kids bikes – March 2021

You don’t need to break the bank to get a decent kids bike – here’s our pick of the best

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Where to buy the cheapest Frog Bikes – March 2021

It’s rare to find Frog Bikes reduced, but I’ve been trying to find where are the best places to buy a Frog Bike this month

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Choosing the best balance bike for your child – 2021

Children differ, as do balance bikes. Help match your child to the correct balance bike

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Cyclocross bikes

Cyclocross bikes

Cyclocross is such a fun (and muddy!) sport, and it’s become increasingly popular with families wanting to keep fit and healthy together.  All cyclocross leagues in the UK offer junior races and you don’t need to be a member of a club to sign up.   All these road bikes which we have reviewed are…

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Road bikes

A road bike is a specialist type of kids bike which comes with drop handlebars and skinny tyres – it’s designed for going fast on tarmaced surfaces. Many, but not all, kids road bikes can also be used for racing cyclocross with a change of tyres. We recommend this type of bike only for confident…

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Hybrid bike logo

Hybrid bikes

A hybrid bike is the type of bike we recommend for most children once they reach the stage of needing gears.  Flat handlebars, easy to use gears, a light weight frame and no suspension means they’re easy and fun to ride. We’ve got lots of advice on choosing the right hybrid bike for your child…

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Small pedal bikes

Buying your child their first (or second) pedal bike is such an exciting experience.  We’re here to help guide you through the process so you can  be confident that you’re getting a bike that your child is going to love riding. We’ve lost count of the times parents have told us their child “just doesn’t…

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Balance bikes

Balance bikes are a brilliant invention! They’re a great way to get your child confident on two wheels before they’re ready to move on to a pedal bike. A balance bike will remove the need for using stabilisers for the majority of kids and are a lot more fun (and fast!) While most balance bikes…

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Mountain bikes

If you’re planning on doing a lot of off road cycling with your child then it’s well worth thinking about buying a mountain bike. There’s a bit more to think about when you’re buying a mountain bike over a regular hybrid kids bike.  You need to make decisions about types of suspension, tyres and brakes,…

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The best place to buy a kids bike – 2021

It can be confusing choosing where to buy – our guide looks at the various options

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