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Kids Gift Guide
So, you have a little shredder on your list and you’re wondering what to get them. We get it, the cycling landscape is hard to navigate, let alone find something for your little one that expresses your love for them and the sport. Let us help you out, we’ve found some of the best gifts that the cycling world has to offer that are just right for the little one on your list. We have gift ideas ranging from the big-gift of a whole new bike, or something a little more stocking stuffer like a bell or some awesome gloves. Either way, whoever is on the receiving end of these gifts will surely be excited to ride.
For those who are new to the idea, a balance bicycle is a training bicycle that helps children learn balance and gain confidence steering. It has no foot pedals, no drivetrain, no chain, no gears, just pure push and roll fun.
Woom 1 Balance Bike
Intended for children 18 months and up, the Woom 1 is for kids just getting familiar with the world of cycling. Due to the extremely low step-through entry point and the adjustable seat length, your little one can enjoy balancing and riding as soon as they can start walking. It comes with air-filled tires and a hand brake to start your kid on the right path for easy freewheel transition. Other features include a lightweight aluminum frame components (just a touch over 7 pounds) and an upright seating position and a steering limiter for safety. It also has 12-inch WOOM-SOOPA-DOOPA-HOOPS alloy rims and industrial bearings hubs that are connected with stainless steel spokes. And it’s available in many color options.
Cruzee Ultralite Air Balance Bike
Some kids are always going to be a bit more serious about their bike riding. If your mini-cyclist likes to race, jump, and ride off-road then the Cruzee Ultralite Air Balance Bike is for them. The Cruzee Ultralite Air has all the features of other balance bikes, but ships with Ultralite Air wheels. With the Cruzee Balance Bike frame, this combo provides strength and increased rigidity, while allowing for adjustments in tire pressure, traction, and riding comfort. These are the wheels you need for heavier children or for advanced off-road riding. The total weight is just 4.8 pounds, significantly lighter than most balance bikes.
Big Kid Bikes
For those that are ready to ride alongside Mom and Dad, these bikes are enough to make them jealous. These rides are all hand-picked to have top of the line gear that will last and can be passed down from child to child with ease. Because falling down and getting back up is part of life and you want a bicycle that can take the abuse.
Cleary Gecko 12
A real bicycle in every sense, the Cleary Gecko 12 has front and rear brakes, the option for a freewheel that a child can quickly turn over, and crankarms that will not scrape when pedaling through turns. Available in Very Orange, Cool Moss Green, Sorta Pink and Deep Blue, the bike weighs 15 pounds with the freewheel option or 17 pounds with a coaster wheel. The Gecko 12 also comes with a compact vegan leather saddle with an integrated seat post designed to accommodate the earliest of early riders. Best fit for riders with 15″ to 18″ inseam
Road Bikes For Kids
If your kids are more into Le Tour de France than Red Bull Rampage, perhaps a road bike makes more sense than a suspension mountain bike. If that’s the case there are plenty of good options.
Frog is known for producing some of the best kids bikes around, especially in the skinny tire realm. Those familiar with Team Sky and Chris Froome will recognize this bike like the one the multi-time Tour de France winner’s son rides. The Frog Road 58 is a 20” kids road bike best suited for riders 6-7 years old. Highlights include 20″ inch wheels, narrow and short-drop child-specific handlebars, a 9-speed drivetrain with Microshift short-reach brake levers and auxiliary brake levers for added confidence. The patented short 114mm Frog cranks help get the road machine rolling at max speed, and the bike has a quick-release seat post collar for easy height adjustment. The Frog Road 58 also comes with a five-year warranty on frame and fork.
Norco Valence Aluminum 24
When your kid is ready to tackle longer rides and bigger hills, the Norco Valence can help. Norco designed the Valence with the same technology as their adult bikes, featuring a carbon fork and ARC technology to help dampen road vibrations while delivering a stiff pedaling platform for punchy accelerations. Realize your little rider’s dreams by providing them with enhanced endurance geometry to help them build confidence and control at high speeds to get them stoked to get out and go fast more often.
Frog 70 – 26″ wheel
Frog is one of our favorite companies for kids bikes–from balance bikes to track bikes, they make top-notch bicycles for children. Both the Frog 67 (24″ wheels) and Frog 70 (26″ wheels) boast drop bars, but also have supplementary brakes levers on the top of the bars, which is nice for kids who haven’t quite mastered the drops yet.
These bikes also work for road riding or cyclocross and they come with two sets of Kenda tires–one for each discipline.
Skills training and park fun
Now we all understand that cycling is a sport best accompanied by sunlight and a cool breeze but when that’s not coming for a few months at least the best bet is an indoor bike park. These places are just what the Dr. ordered to get your kiddos rolling happily on their new gear and tired enough to sleep on the way home. These parks are all over the USA and Canada – look for one close to you!
Indoor Bike Park Season Pass
During the winter finding time to ride outdoors can be rough, especially if you’re a kid. Don’t put that bike away though, you can ride all year round at an indoor bike park. For most, these indoor riding oases will never take the place of any outdoor trail, but in times of the snowpocalypse, you can always find a dry trail indoors.
The Wheel Mill of Pittsburgh PA, for example, is the brainchild of Harry Geyer and was built through careful collaborative efforts, by local volunteers alongside legendary trail builders, and as organically as possible. In fact, 75% of the park was assembled with reclaimed lumbar and other scrapped material. Opened Spring of 2013, The Wheel Mill has since prided itself as a cycling hub for Pittsburgh, providing space for all ages and skill levels, events, clinics, and some serious thrashing.
Prices range from $100-$250 depending on location
Look for a mountain bike park around you and snag a season pass:
You Gotta Look the Part
Half of the fun in cycling is gear and I’m betting it would be the same for kids. this gear is kid-specific – meaning that the designs are what they would pick and the sizing is just right for the hands and feet.
Giro Hale MIPS Helmet – Kids’
Your growing cyclist is rapidly progressing, transitioning from barely riding earlier this year to accompanying you on longer jaunts through the countryside and spirited trail rides. Give them the lightweight, well-ventilated protection desired for logging serious miles with the Giro Hale MIPS Helmet.
Designed with Giro’s proven In-Mold construction, the Hale MIPS Helmet retains a lightweight feel with 22 sculpted vents that rapidly expel built-up heat. This construction is comprised of a rugged polycarbonate shell fused to an impact-dissipating EPS foam liner. The Hale MIPS is upgraded with the addition of MIPS technology.
ZOIC Ether Jr Short – Kids’
These shorts are perfect for the kid who refuses to look like Mom or Dad in lycra. The duraflex fabric stretches when you move and resists abrasion. The Zoic Fusion Inseam Gusset ensures a superior range of motion and eliminates seat hang-ups. These shorts come with an integrated mesh ventilation panels below back waistband and down legs, 6 pockets provide convenient storage with the ability to pop in a chamois for longer rides.
Aero Tech Designs Kids Dinosaur Jersey
This Super Cool print was designed by the folks who are still kids at heart right here in the USA. Dinosaurs have intrigued children for many generations so here is a tribute to those reptilian favorites. The detailed black silhouettes show the most recognized of the creatures on a bright green background. This kid’s bike jersey is handsome and classy, with a bright green dinosaur imprint, a quality flat zipper with pull and reflective outline that really lights up in the dark. Don’t worry about who will carry the snacks either, this jersey is equipped with kid-size back pockets that are easy to get to for their snacks and gear.
CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. Kids Hydration Backpack
Kids’ biking hydration pack: Camelbak kids’ mini M. U. L. E. Pack is small enough for kids to carry 1. 5L of water. It’s lightweight with a built-in safety whistle, extra storage pockets, and reflective accents for visibility in low-light environments. More water per sip: The crux reservoir delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easier refilling, and an on/off lever that makes preventing leaks simple. The kid-friendly and easy to use on/off switch supplies the water kids need.
Giro DND Jr. II Gloves – Kids’
The DND glove mimics the style and value of the big kid’s DND glove with features designed for the Lil shredder. The wide mouth cuff is easy to open for fitting, and the palm is made of durable AX Suede that acts like a second skin without compromising the feel and control of the bike. Give little riders what they need, like the DND JR. II Glove, so they can enjoy a more fun ride when hitting the trails with mom and dad.