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Christmas Gift Guide: Buying a Kids Bike

Buying a Bobbin bike for your child is a fantastic gift, whether for birthdays or holidays. But selecting the right one can be a challenge. For one, it should be age-appropriate while looking nice. Most importantly, it must suit your little rider’s cycling ability.

There’s so much to consider if you think about it. So, to simplify this process, we’ve prepared this bike gift guide for the holiday season.

At Bobbin, we pride ourselves on making the best bikes to meet all your children’s needs. You can feel confident in your choice of two wheels with this assurance. And with that, let’s get into our list, shall we?

Balance Bikes

Moonbug 12” Balance Bike

As your toddler starts to, well, toddle - they may also begin to show an interest in bikes. There are a few different ways a child can learn to ride a bike, all of which are tried and tested. So, it comes down to your personal preference.

A bike for a 2-4-year-old should, first and foremost, assist your child with balancing. Before cycling, balance is likely something a child has never encountered. This is where balance bikes and bikes with stabilisers come into play.

A balance bike, like the Gingersnap model, is a toddler’s bicycle without pedals. It’s ideal for kids aged 2 to 4 due to its simplicity and effectiveness in teaching balance.

Toddlers learn to balance by walking and gliding on the bike. The absence of pedals eliminates the need to coordinate pedalling and balance simultaneously. This makes it less intimidating, gradually helping young children develop such skills.

The 12 inch bike wheels are perfect for this age group, providing stability and control. As toddlers scoot and steer, they naturally acquire the balance needed for a smooth pedal bike transition. This ensures a more confident and enjoyable riding experience in the future.

Our available balance bikes include:

  • Gingersnap balance bike: Features a vintage design and an array of vibrant colours. Prepare to be amazed as your little one embarks on countless adventures with style and charm!
  • Moonbug balance bike: Like Gingersnap, Moonbug Features a lightweight construction. This allows young riders to handle it with ease. It encourages a natural progression toward riding a pedal bike without training wheels. Also available in three fantastic shades.

Top tip: Learn more on balance bike age range here.

Bike with Stabilisers

Gingersnap 12” Wheel

Stabilisers or training wheels are notable companions to children learning bike riding. It features two additional small wheels attached to the rear to provide stability. These bikes are excellent for children who have just transitioned from balance bikes.

The 12” and 16” wheels offer a familiar and comfortable size, ensuring a smooth transition. Meanwhile, the addition of stabilisers provides added support. This allows kids to focus on pedalling and steering without the initial fear of falling.

As their confidence and skills grow, parents can gradually raise the training wheels. Not until, of course, their child is ready to ride independently. This step-by-step process makes the transition from balance bikes seamless. It fosters a sense of accomplishment and a lifelong love for cycling.

Bobbin’s range of bikes with stabilisers is the upgraded version of the balance models. They present the same features but with the added pedal, stabilisers and 16” wheel sizes. Bonus: a new model has been added to the list!

  • Brownie Junior: Sports a scaled-down frame for easy mounting and dismounting. The equipped stabilisers prioritise safety and comfort. From its ergonomic grips to its cushy saddle, it’s all about keeping young riders secure and content. Available in lovely colours of Olive and Caramels.

These models can cater to kids aged 2 to 4 and 3 to 5, respectively.

20” Bikes

Brownie Junior 20” Wheel

A 20” wheel bike is designed for kids in the age group of 6 to 10 years. It’s a pivotal step in a child’s cycling journey, bridging the gap between smaller and adult-sized bikes. These bikes offer increased stability, control, and versatility. Thus making them essential for young riders.

Have a look at our incredible models in this wheel size:

  • Bobbin Brownie: This 20” Brownie still is the miniature version of our iconic adult bike - The Brownie 7. Like with the smaller 16" model, it comes in two unique pastel colours.
  • Hornet bike: The perfect ride for non-stop young explorers who are ready and raring to go! Retro looks but modern thinking on kid’s bike geometry. Its super lightweight alloy frame makes it break-resistant.

As a gift, Bobbin 20” wheel bikes are an excellent choice. They promote outdoor activity, physical fitness, and independence to the recipient. Also, they foster a sense of adventure and accomplishment.

24” Bikes

Hornet 24” Wheel Kids’ Hybrid Bike

A 24” wheel bike is for kids in the age group of 8 to 12 years. This specific dimension offers a larger frame and increased performance. These bikes provide more speed and control, preparing young riders for adult-sized bicycles.

They are essential for kids because they enable exploration of a wider range of terrains. Plus, the proper riding of these 24-inch two-wheels encourages skill development. They also make an exciting gift that supports a child’s growing passion for cycling.

Bobbin’s range of 24” kids bike include the Hornet 24 and Gingersnap 24.

26” Bikes

Hornet 24” Wheel Kids’ Hybrid Bike

A 26” wheel bike is designed for older kids, typically in the age range of 12 to 16 years. What sets it apart from smaller wheel sizes like 20" and 24" is its almost adult-sized frame. Overall, it offers improved speed and versatility.

These bikes provide a smooth transition to adult bikes, making them essential for older children. What’s more, a 26” wheel bike is an outstanding choice for birthdays or holidays. The Gingersnap 26, for one, makes a practical and thrilling gift for teens.

‘Tis the Season to Buy a Bike

Bobbin bikes for Christmas is a gift your child will remember receiving forever. It’s a chance for your little one to learn a life skill, make memories, and have adventures.

We hope this guide has given you an idea of the best options! Don’t forget to add bike accessories like bike bells and bike baskets. And when it comes to choosing the right shades, our bike colours guide is worth a read.

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