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Quick Guide to

kids' and family bikes

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  • We understand, during these difficult times, that many of our customers are choosing to shop in the comfort of home. We want to make this process easier with this quick guide.
  • We know it's difficult figuring out the right bikes and accessories when there are thousands to choose from on our website. That's why we put together this quick guide if you just want the "best of" "tried and true" "highly recommended" "customer favorites" "staff picks". We also recommend these items because they're always in stock and available in different colors and sizes. 
  • This quick guide only covers the most popular kids' bikes and family bikes. We have over 750 of all types of bikes in stock so there are many choices for every cyclist not shown here. Please call with questions.
  • Call us at our main store number: (516) 364-4434 for curbside pickup.
  • Call our special "hotline" number: (516) 350-8421 if you have general questions, need product advice or help with online orders.
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Kids' Bikes

Every child is different. The age range and sizes we have provided below are meant as a general guide. Ideally, we would size your child in store and make size recommendations based on their physical dimensions as well as riding ability. We can also adjust the seat height and make other adjustments. If you are buying a bike without your child present, we can show you how to make these adjustments yourself, which are fairly easy, and also provide you with the necessary tool. 

Generally kids' bikes are unisex, with the only difference being color. 

16-Inch (3-6 yr old)

Most kids start their first bike at this size. 16 inch refers to the size of the wheel. Specialized Riprock 16" has coaster brakes and training wheels. Training wheels and pedals can be taken off, so that it becomes like a balance bike. Aluminum frame makes the bike sturdy while lightweight. Comes in many colors that are in stock: click on the item and then click onto the dropdown menu under "colors".  

20-Inch (5-8 yr old)

This is a great bike for kids to make the transition from coaster brakes to a hand lever brake - this bike has both! 20 inch refers to the size of the wheel. Specialized Riprock 20" comes with a kickstand. Aluminum frame makes the bike sturdy while lightweight. This size bike no longer comes with a training wheel; however, we can install training wheels if your child is still hesitant. 

24-Inch (7+ yr old)

24 inch refers to the size of the wheel. Specialized Hotrock 24" comes with a kickstand, 8-speed and front suspension. Front suspension allows for a cushier ride over rocks and bumps, suitable for light mountain biking. The Giant XTC Jr 24 Lite and the Liv Enchant 24 Lite are more affordable options, also includes kickstand, bell, but no front suspension. Aluminum frame makes the bike sturdy while lightweight. This size bike cannot accommodate training wheels due to the gears. 

26-Inch or 27.5-inch (10+ yr old)

The Giant ATX 3 Disc is technically an adult mountain bike, with front suspension, suitable for street and light trails. But we find that this is a great transition bike for many teens who have outgrown the 24" bike and are still looking for something sturdy and stable. This bike has a familiar feel to the 24" bike, with its wide tires, and your teen will feel confident when riding. And it's built to withstand abuse from active teens. Aluminum frame makes the bike sturdy while lightweight. We recommend this model which has disc brakes vs rim brakes. Disc brakes have better braking control, especially when dealing with the elements. Wheels size varies based on bike size. This bike does not come with a kickstand but can be added as an option.

Size Guide:
XXS (26") - 5'0" to 5'2"
XS (26") - 5'2" to 5'4"
S (27.5") - 5'4" to 5'7"
M (27.5") - 5'7" to 5'9"
L (27.5") - 5'9" to 6'1"

Family Bikes

There are many names for this category of bikes: performance hybrid, fitness hybrid, comfort hybrid, commuter, urban or "mom and dad" bikes. Essentially these are adult bikes made for versatility on the road as well as light dirt paths. They're great for riding with the kids, commuting, exercise or just riding around the neighborhood. There are endless choices in this category, with many different features and a wide range of price points. Without getting too complicated, these two bikes are our top picks for a great bike to ride around with the family.

The Sirrus is the flagship fitness hybrid from Specialized and all-time, all-around favorite. The Specialized Roll is a comfort hybrid with a more upright ride, knobbier wheels and wider saddle for people who want to cruise with ease, comfort and stability. The Roll Sport model that we recommend comes with disc brakes, spring suspension seatpost and more gears. Both the Sirrus and Roll come in Low Entry (aka step-through) versions for easy on and off the bike. 

Essential Accessories

Here are some accessories that are essential, nice to have or really popular. 

How to Place an Order for In-Store Pickup

  • Shop Online: Make sure the item shows "Availability: In Stock" to avoid delays. Choose "Pick up at store" on the product page and add the item to your cart. After your order is placed, we'll email you when it's ready for pickup.
  • Questions: Call 516-364-4434 or email shop@thebicycleplanet.com