The big guide to choosing 20 inch boys' bikes

Liv Butler
Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 08:13

Choosing the right bike can be hard because we need to consider many things, like your budget, where your child will ride the bike (city, off road, etc) and of course what colour you want.

Finding the perfect bike for a young boy, especially one who is six to nine years old, matters a lot. That's why Bobbin Bikes will help you find the best option for your little one, balancing factors like size, features  and your personal preferences.

What does a 20-inch bike refer to?

The 20-inch measurement in bikes refers to the wheel diameter. Propеrly sizеd bikes aren’t only more comfortable but also safer and еasier to handle. Idеally, your child should be ablе to touch the ground with their toеs when seated on the bike. 

Although the 20-inch boys’ bikes are typically suited for boys who are aged six to nine, the right choice depends on the child's height and skill level. Beginners might benefit from simpler models, while experienced young cyclists might prefer bikes with more advanced features.

Key features to consider

The frame is an important part of the bike that influences its weight, rеliability and price. Aluminium framеs havе bеcomе popular because their lightnеss and rеsistancе to rust make it possible for thеm to be еasily handlеd. Steel structures are heavier and more durable. Another higher-priced option is to use high-end materials such as carbon fibre or titanium.

Brakes are vital for safety. Coaster brakes, activated by pedalling backwards, are simpler and often preferred for beginners. Hand brakes, which offer more control, are better suited for children who are more familiar with biking.

The decision to use single-speed or multi-speed depends on the degree of experience a child has as well as in what kind of terrain they are going to ride. Fixed-gear bikes are easy and have no maintenance, perfect for a novice on flat terrains. Multi-gear bikes, on the other hand, are suitable for varied terrains and more experienced riders.

Bikes should already have rigid frames, but some models of bikes for boys also offer front suspension to absorb bumps, which is a feature to consider if your child will be riding off-road.

Safety and comfort of the bike

Overall, cycling safety always comes first, so selecting the correct-fitting helmet is important. Knee and elbow pads would be beneficial especially to beginners as additional protective gear. Bikes generally have adjustable seat heights and handlebars which can be altered as your child grows, offering comfort and a good fit over the years to come. The kind of tyres matters too -  knobby tyres are designed for off-road while smoother ones suit pavements.

Although you may not worry much about the design, it can be crucial for children. Bikes also come in different colours and styles, let your child choose a design. Other features  such as a kickstand, bell or basket can also be added, depending on your child’s needs and wishes.

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