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The first step in choosing a bike is getting the size right.

 

The first step in picking a bike is getting the right size.  Where adult bikes are sized by the frame (measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube), bikes for children are sized by their wheel diameter: 12”, 16”, 20” and 24”.  The bike should fit the child.   The rider should be able to dismount and comfortably straddle the bike flat footed.  And then with a slight lean of the bike, get their bottom back onto the seat, put their foot on the pedal and, when the skill is there, ride away.  They shouldn’t be riding scrunched up with their knees hitting the handlebars and they shouldn’t be stretched out and unable to turn the handlebars easily.  At the slow speeds that kids start out riding at, steering by turning the handlebars is much more of an element of riding than at faster speeds where steering is done largely by leaning.  If there are training wheels on the bike, all of the steering is done with the handlebars.

 

The chart below should help you narrow your search, but it is not a substitute for an expert helping you find a bike that is most suitable.  A critical factor is the brakes.  Coaster brakes tend to be easier for young kids to use but they become less common as the bikes get bigger.  It can be a conundrum and dangerous when kids who are tall for their age fit bigger bikes with hand brakes that they can't operate well.  After kids outgrow children's bikes they'll move into small-framed adult bikes with 26 inch wheels, which are sized by the length of the seat tube.

Approximate Age

 Child's Inseam

Wheel diameter

"bike size" *

Comments:

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2-4 years

14-17 inches

35-42 cm

Balance bike

 

See our great range below

4-6 years

16-22 inches

40-55 cm

16 inches

Most have rear coaster breaks and pneumatic tires, some have front hand brakes.

6-8 years

22-25 inches

55-63 cm

20 inches

Models are multi-speed with hand brakes.

9+ years

25-28 inches

63-72 cm

24 inches

Can have most of the feature’s of adult bikes.

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BALANCE

BICYCLES

LIKE-a-BIKE

Mini

  • Weight: 3.5 kgs
  • The Mini is suitable for riders from 18 Months up to 4. Riders need to have a minimum inside leg measurement of 27cm.
  • Made using strong birch Marine Plywood including the wheels
  • Each LIKEaBIKE is handcrafted in Germany from wood grown in sustainable forests
  • Patented steering prevents Jack knife accidents
  • Non marking, pneumatic rubber tyres
  • Rubber handgrips to protect little hands and the end of the handlebar from scuffs
  • Sealed cartridge bearings for maintenance free, silent and smooth running wheels
  • High grade steel fasteners
  • Manufacturers guarantee for 2 years
  • Award winning design
  • Certified to DIN EN71 safety of toys parts 1,2 and 3
  • CE stamped
  • Approved by experts
  • Four seat positions from 27cm to 36cm (11"to 14")
  • As with the other models an extension seat post is available which allows another 30mm (1.25") stand-over height.
  • Footrests are not compatible with the Mini Mountain

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Mini Forest

* The size doesn't have any relationship to a real measure: It is certainly not the diameter of the rim. Generally the given size is closer to the tire/tyre diameter from tread-to-tread, but it is usually greater that this distance as well.

  • Weight: 3.5 kgs
  • The Mini Forest is suitable for riders from 18 Months up to 4. Riders need to have a minimum inside leg measurement of 27cm.
  • Made using strong beech marine plywood
  • Lightweight alloy wheels
  • Each LIKEaBIKE is handcrafted in Germany from wood grown in sustainable forests
  • Patented steering prevents Jack knife accidents
  • Non marking, pneumatic rubber tyres
  • Rubber handgrips to protect little hands and the end of the handlebar from scuffs
  • Sealed cartridge bearings for maintenance free, silent and smooth running wheels
  • High grade steel fasteners
  • Manufacturers guarantee for 2 years
  • Award winning design
  • Certified to DIN EN71 safety of toys parts 1,2 and 3
  • CE stamped
  • Approved by experts
  • Four seat positions from 27cm to 36cm (11"to 14")
  • As with the other models an extension seat post is available which allows another 30mm (1.25") stand-over height.

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Jumper

Kawasaki Green

Bright Red

Metallic Purple

Metallic Red

Royal Blue

Pearl White

Navy

Juicy Orange

 

  • Weight: 3.4 kgs
  • The Jumper is suitable for riders from 2-6 years old. Riders need to have a minimum inside leg measurement of 35cm.
  • The Frame and forks are manufactured using high grade 7005 Aluminium.
  • Alloy wheels and hubs with sealed cartridge bearings
  • Built-in Footrests
  • Rear suspension
  • Steering damper to prevent jack knifing that is removable to suit rider ability
  • 12" Schwalbe big apple tyres with puncture protection and a reflective trim
  • Comfortable padded seat embroidered with the Kokua logo
  • Light weight ahead stem, you don't often find kit like this on childrens bikes!
  • 8 colour options

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Hardy

 

  • 3.8kg
  • Suitable for riders from 2 to 6 years old. Riders need to have a minimum inside leg measurement of 31cm
  • Steering damper to prevent jack knifing that is removable to suit rider ability
  • Minimum seat height 31cm
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Steel Fork
  • Neoprene stem cover
  • Lightweight low maintenance Ahead headset
  • Alloy wheels with steel hubs
  • Comfortable padded seat
  • 12” Kenda pneumatic tyres
  • Steel handlebar/stem combo with small grips for tiny hands
  • 2 Year warranty

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Jumper Benefits

Manufactured using high grade 6061 Aluminium. Strong, Durable, Lightweight, Corrision-resistant, Recycleable... These are a few of the Advantages of Aluminium. Kokua has also give the frame a polished finish which is a process used only on prestige bicycle models. The frame also feature forged dropouts, these are situated where the wheels connect the to bike. Forged dropouts are stronger and lighter than

alternatives.

 

Quick Release Seatpost

Quick release clamps allow the seatpin to be moved up and down very quickly. Allowing for children of different ages/sizes to use the bike with ease.

 

A-Head headset

A-head systems are commonly found on quality bikes. The reason they are used are they are lightweight, Easy to adjust and low-maintenance.

 

Schwalbe Big Apple Tyres

Alot of thought went into the tyres. Schwalbe are world-renowned for producing some of the best tyres available. The big apple is an extremely lightweight balloon tyre, that has been designed for speed and comfort. On top of all of this, the big apple is also puncture resistant.

 

Steering Limiter

An absolute must with a balance bike. The reason; children lack strength. A steering limiter prevents jack-knifing accidents, often caused by the loss of control due to their lack of strength to control the bars steering. Particularly at hgh speeds but also at low speed when they are getting used to the bike... in short it is a good safety feature.

 

Integrated Footrests

The Jumpers integrated foot rests provide a place for both feet while coasting or doing tricks.

 

Alloy Rims,Alloy hubs and cartridge bearings

Strong, low maintenance and extremely lightweight.

 

Optional front brake

Brakes and balance bikes; I believe that brakes are not necessary on balance bikes in the first few months. Children learn the other skills involved with riding a 2 wheeler first - i.e. balance and steering. During this time the best brakes are your childs feet. This is a natural instinct and it is very easy to do as they are not far from the floor. The brake can be added at any point. Early on it is more of a distraction then a feature. 3-6 months into use or just before the jump to a pedal bike is the time to introduce the brake.

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Bicycles

 

When it comes to bikes, we pride ourselves in being able to offer LIKEaBIKE balance bikes, and LIKEtoBIKE pedal bikes

 

LIKEaBIKE is designed abd manufactured by Kokua Holzspielzeug GmbH in Roetgen, Germany.

Kokua is a Hawaiian word meaning "harmony", and it is a family owned business run by Rolf, Alfred and Beate Mertens.

 

LIKEaBIKE  are so well made that Kokua provides a two-year guarantee against defects - amazing for a wooden product designed for children.

 

 

 

Why buy a LIKEaBIKE?

 

Learning to balance is an important skill, and is the first step in a process of learning how to ride a bike. Because a LIKEaBIKE has no pedals, it helps your child learn to ride a bike that does. Pedaling distracts them in the fist phase of learning to ride when they need to concentrate on from balancing and steering. Pedaling is a skill they will learn when they eventually ride on their own.

 

LIKEaBIKE balance bike teaches balance and control at a much earlier age than a traditional bicycle with training wheels. Children acquire a sense of equilibrium and they play and the transition to a pedal bike becomes a lot easier and more natural.

 

That first taste of independence is something that they'll never forget. It is the start of a journey where they learn about:

co-ordination

balance

agility and

the world around them

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