A bike ride is a great way to get the whole family outside for fresh air and quality time together. It allows you to explore new neighbourhoods or parks, relieve stress and teach kids balance and coordination (all while wearing off pent-up energy!). Basically, biking is a win-win every time you go for a spin. And whether your gang is into trail riding or city cruising, or you’re planning to introduce the littlest one to two wheels, we’ve got the best bike for you.
Wondering about finding the right bike size for your child? Use this table as a general guide:
|Approximate Age||Child’s Height||Wheel Size|
|2 to 5||26 to 34 inches||12 inches|
|4 to 8||34 to 42 inches||16 inches|
|6 to 9||42 to 48 inches||18 inches|
|7 to 10||48 to 50 inches||20 inches|
|9 and up||50 inches and up||24 inches|
And if you’re trying to decide between a men’s bike or women’s bike for yourself, know that women’s bikes tend to have smaller frames (best for shorter people), narrower handlebars (to fit narrower shoulders) and different seats. Does that mean women must buy women’s bikes and vice versa? Absolutely not! Buy the bike that you like and fits your frame and you can swap out the seat later if necessary.
What type of bike are you looking for?
Best Mountain Bike
If you’re new to mountain biking, this tough set of wheels will help you get ready to rip. The powerful suspension and mountain-style frame can take on big bumps and rough descents. Though the heavy steel frame can sometimes be seen as a downside when compared to lightweight aluminum, it’s extra sturdy—which can be a bonus for a new or casual rider. Plus, the 21-speed twist shifters make for quick gear changes on the move. (If you prefer a women’s fit, check out this similar trail-ready women’s bike.)
- The disc brakes on the front and rear will keep working even in wet conditions for more reliable stopping on rainy days.
- The alloy rims are light but strong, great for long-term durability.
- This mountain bike is designed with 26-inch wheels and a tool-free adjustable seat post, to comfortably fit riders between 5’4” and 6’2” in height.
I really liked the mag wheels. The disc brake set-up is a big plus over the caliper style most bikes this price have.
[The] wheels and frame make it a heavy package.
Best City Bike
This bike has a lot of draws for city riding: It’s light, handles well and many reviewers say it’s comfy enough for longer fitness rides. Plus, if you’re working from home, it’ll be nice to have an occasional alternative to driving or public transit when you’re back at the office.
- The lightweight aluminum frame is durable but not hefty.
- The 21-speed twist shifters with Shimano rear derailleur provide reliable handling, though the gears can be a bit sticky.
- Linear pull brakes on the front and rear mean you can stop safely in a hurry.
The gears and brakes are spot on with a little adjusting and the seat is adequate and comfy. I love the big wheels [that] make for a quicker bike than my previous one.
The gear performance is not that smooth and some sound is coming through while pedaling.
Best Cruiser Bike
This classic bicycle (in trendy seafoam, no less!) is the ultimate cruiser. The “easy rider” design makes it comfortable for novice and experienced cyclists both young and old. In fact, it’s the perfect introduction to adult-sized bikes for tweens who are ready for a more grown-up set of wheels. (If teal’s not your deal, the men’s version of this bike comes in a slick black paint job, too.)
- A padded spring saddle will keep you comfy, even on long, leisurely rides.
- The lightweight alloy wheels grip the pavement for steady handling and rear coaster brakes add a hint of nostalgia (and are easy to use).
- Partial assembly is required.
As a shorter woman, I usually am uncomfortable on bikes as I am normally having to reach too far, but with this bike I can sit fully upright while I wave at my admiring neighbours!
The hub makes a clinking/snap sound when pedaling on every rotation of the rear wheel. It doesn’t happen when freewheeling.
Best Electric Bike
Cruising in style is no sweat with this e-bike. Whether you’re commuting, running errands or out for a jaunt with the family, this 36V battery-powered model gives you a smooth ride. It features an easy-to-use twist shifter and can reach a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour. (If you’re looking for a women’s fit, we love this seafoam electric cruiser.)
- Front-and-rear pull brakes make for smooth and reliable stopping (which is extra important on an electric bike where you can quickly accelerate).
- A seven-speed gear system means you can shift up or down as much as you need for effortless hills and a jolt-free ride.
- The rear hub 36-volt, 250-watt motor runs for one hour (or 32 kilometres) on a four-hour charge.
Battery lasts a long time. Travelled [16 kilometres] in 32 minutes on high-speed assist. Still had half my battery left!
Some assembly is required and you may not get disc brakes or a light kit with it.
Best Balance Bike for Kids
Baby’s first bicycle! If your toddler is ready to roll, a balance bike is one of the best ways to introduce them to cycling. The pedal-free design encourages kids to use their arms and lift their legs to propel them forward, building strength, fine-tuning their coordination and honing motor skills. Pint-sized riders as young as two years old can use this sturdy strider bike to comfortably learn at their own pace.
- Durable, puncture-proof wheels mean this bike will last for years. The front wheel also has colourful balls that make noise as your child pedals.
- An adjustable seat will help their first bicycle grow with them until they’re ready for a “big kid” pedal bike. (And you can probably skip the training wheels!)
- The compact design of balance bikes makes them easy to throw in the trunk for far-flung adventures—and for parents to carry home from the park when little ones get tired.
It’s really lightweight and the seat and handlebars can be adjusted to the height that’s best for my little one so it can grow with her until she’s ready to transition to a real bike.
I’m not a fan of the balls in the front tire, as it is unnecessarily noisy.
Best Kids' BMX Bike
If your kid is a Stranger Things superfan, they need this Max Mayfield–inspired bike. This special-edition model is a well-rounded BMX bike that’s easy to ride. It comes loaded with classic BMX features, including rear axle pegs, a full pad set and even a headlamp (for exploring the Upside Down, of course). Parents who grew up in the eighties will appreciate the nostalgia factor, too: The frame and fork are replicas of vintage Mongoose BMX bikes.
- This bike is ideal for ages six or seven and up.
- The 20-inch, five-spoke alloy mag wheels are high quality.
- Weighing in at 32 pounds, this bike is sturdy, but pretty heavy for small kids to handle.
I bought this bike for my son who is a huge Stranger Things fan and he loves it! Cool retro bike at department store quality.
The quality is not meant for serious riding or attempting tricks.
Best Kids’ Mountain Bike
Whether you’re cruising through a local park or headed out of town for an adventure, you can feel confident about your next off-road family ride with this trail-ready bike. The 21-speed twist shifters and rear derailleur make even steep inclines rideable, while the front suspension will help kids maintain control on rough terrain.
- The machined aluminum mag wheels look tough and ride well on tough trails.
- A tool-free adjustable seat post makes it easy to find the comfiest height for your kid.
- The mountain bike is designed to fit riders ages eight and up, or 4′ 8″ to 5′ 6″ in height.
My nine-year-old son loves it so much because of the gears, the speed and the all-terrain capability, and of course the hot look of the mag wheels.
The stock seat isn’t very comfortable.
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- Femme Cyclist. Men’s vs Women’s Bikes: 5 Things You Need to Know.
- Active for Life. Balance Bikes: The New Rite of Passage.
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