- Skis & Boards
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We want your child on a quality bike that fits him or her properly. To encourage the purchase of a good fit, Omer & Bob’s offers a trade-in, trade-up option with every kid’s bike we sell. If your child grows out of the bike in a year, return it to us and apply 50% of the purchase price towards a larger size. After 2 years apply 40%. After 3 years apply 30%, and beyond that the value is at our discretion and determined by the bike’s condition. We do tune up these trade ins and sell them so we do have some used kids bikes for sale in addition to our selection of new bikes.
Do you think training wheels are a hassle? We do, and when training wheels are used it takes kids longer to learn to ride on two wheels. There is another way. Both Trek and Specialized make bikes (push bikes are a common name for the category) that are meant to be pushed along with the feet instead of pedaling. This allows children to learn balance by themselves without the intimidation of heading down hill or learning to pedal at the same time. The Specialized Hotwalk (12 in wheel) is quite small so that most 2-3 year olds can use it. We have seen 2 year olds easily pushing along and balancing and steering away. They are very light so the little ones can handle them themselves.
All kids bikes are sized by wheel diameter and 12-inchers are the smallest. 1 gear, coaster brake, and training wheels starts kids out right. A great transition to a two-wheeled bike for your child. Recommended age is 3 to 4 years, with a height of 35-45 inches.
16-inch A little bigger version of the 12 inch. All of Trek’s kids bikes have child-specific parts like the grips and saddles, giving the child better control. Comes with coaster brakes. Recommended age is 4 to 6 years, with a height of 39-49 inches.
20-inch You have a choice of staying with a singlespeed bike or having a set of rear gears. gears. The singlespeed will accept training wheels but the multispeed will not. Multispeed models have handbrakes only. There are multi speed models that are mini mountain bikes and some that smooth tires and are more like hybrids. Recommended age is 6 to 9 years, with a height of 44-53 inches.
24-inch Some 24 inch bikes are a mini version of a full adult mountain bike, you can even get them with disc brakes. Another popular style is the lightweight hybrid. There are some bikes that have fewer gears and a steel or alloy fork to save some weight and money. Recommended age is 9 to 12 years, with a height of 53-65 inches.
26-inch We generally think of 26 inch bikes being “adult size bikes” and for mountain bikes they are. However, adult road bikes and most hybrids use 700C wheels which can feel awkward for people coming out of 24″ bikes. Enter 26″ wheel Road and Hybrid kids bikes. The 26″ wheel will allow for more growing room while being easier to handle now. Trek has also introduced a 26″ dual suspension mountain bike so the big kids can have a bike that feels like their parents 29’r.