Joy Ride! Choosing The Right Bike For Your Child

It’s a lovely day — the sky is cloudy, the birds are chirping. What could be more perfect than a stroll around the park in a bicycle? But wait! Before you head out to buy a bike for your child, let’s find out how to choose a suitable one and stay safe on two wheels.

Getting your child a bicycle requires more understanding than perceived. In general, kids bikes are smaller with sturdy frames and thick tires. They are great for riding on flat and hard surfaces where the child can focus on riding, instead of navigating the terrain. The simplest style is called a balance bike which has no pedals, has very small wheels and intends to teach balancing skills. From there, the bikes get bigger, with more features to accommodate the child’s growing skills, coordination and confidence.

So, what do you need to consider before making a purchase? Read on:

> Weight
As children are smaller, lighter and have less strength, weight makes a big difference. Make sure it’s not too heavy for your child to maneuver.

> Cranks
A crank is a bicycle component that converts the reciprocating motion of the rider’s legs into rotational motion used to drive the chain, which in turn drives the rear wheel. As a rule of thumb, get your child to sit on and ride the bicycle to check ease of maneuverability. Children need cranks that are about 20% their inside leg length.

> Wheels and brakes
Avoid buying big wheels for small riders, as they will be heavier and the steering will be less responsive. Large ones make it a little more difficult to control than one that fits.Brake slevers must be within easy reach of the bars and easy to operate with only the little finger of each hand.

> Reach
How far away is your child from the handlebars? Most children are happier in a riding position that’s more upright than you would adopt, so they need the bars higher and closer.

> Suspension forks
For children, air sprung forks are best. They’re lighter and can be easily adjusted to suit a growing rider’s weight.

Children’s bike sizes are determined by wheel diameter, not seat height and frame size as is the case with adult bicycles. The chart below should help you narrow your search, but always seek the assistance of an expert to help you find a bike that is most suitable:

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Source: ibike.org

Bike safety for kids:

⦁ Make sure both their feet are flat on the ground when they stand straddling at the seat of the bicycle. There should be 2.5cm – 7.6cm of space between your child and the top seat.
⦁ Make sure the seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
⦁ Check and oil the bicycle chain regularly.
⦁ Check the brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking.
⦁ Check the tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure.
⦁ When riding, make sure that nothing will get caught in your bike chain, such as loose pant legs, ⦁ backpack straps, or shoelaces.

Let’s check out the range of children’s bicyles Happikiddo has in store:

Breeze Bike
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Made of lightweight steel frame, it’s a balance bike that comfortable rubber grips, integrated footrest, and adjustable cushioned seat. It comes with aluminium rim and air tires, as well as a cute bike bell. Available in red or blue and suitable for 1.5 to five years old.
Y Velo Junior
Y velo junior

This balance bike helps kids develop an early sense of balance and control. They can then progress to a normal bicycle at the age of three of four without having to use training wheels or stabilizers. Suitables for ages 18 months to four years.

JDBug Balance Bike
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Made from ultralight aircraft-grade aluminium alloy weighing only 3kg, it comes with a 12-inch mag wheels and air tyres for a smooth ride. These models have an optional pedal kit for when the child is balanced and ready to pedal. It includes an adjustable seat and rear drum-type hand brake. Suitable for ages three to five years.

 

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Kiddimoto Pastel Dotty Kurve

Gorgeoous little bike for the adventurous girls, the bright pastel dotty is painted with non-toxic childsafe paint. Its seat is adjustable to three positions and upright riding position allows similar experience to regular bike. Suitable for ages three to six years.
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Kiddimoto Blue Target Scooter

Retro with award-winning British design, this wooden bike can be personalized with a name and number. Handgrips are sculpted to fit little hands and footboards for free-wheeling fun. Its steering lock restricts turn to 30 degrees so it will never jack-knife and 12-inch tires have inner tube. Suitable for two to six years old.

Bring your little one for a test-drive in stores or PM us for more details.

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Yes, we have MORE exciting deals for you. Happening in all Happikiddo stores and website from now until 2nd January 2017, take chance of bargains and savings up to 70% OFF! On top of that, if you are our existing VIB members, you’ll get FREE RM5 cash voucher with every RM100 spent.

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Top 10 Travel Essentials For Kids

Going on a road trip or travelling overseas with your little ones? Don’t forget to pack these!

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Trunki, from RM219.00

 

 

pockit stroller

Pockit Stroller, RM953.00

 

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Cosatto Zoomi, RM1059.90

 

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Pee Pee Elly, RM34.80

 

 

 

 

 

How To Choose The Right Stroller

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Buying a stroller is like buying a car – you know you need it, but the models, features and options available can make the process rather complicated. For instance, there are the multi-terrain strollers for jogging and adventure, lightweight strollers and travel systems. There are also the umbrella types and double-seated ones. With endless choices and extras, finding the ideal stroller can be overwhelming.

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A quality strolling option will not only serve you for years, but also works well for multiple kids, or as a hand-me-down to from friends and relatives. Many factors combine to make this particular purchase a highly personal one, but take heart – the following tips can help you choose the best ride for your baby.

  • BUDGET. Before you begin your search, work out a budget first. As a stroller gets used so often for such a long time – from newborn to 3+ years – it’s wiser to spend a little bit extra to get exactly what you need from the start.
  • PURPOSE. Decide what and where you will be mainly using your stroller for. If you enjoy running or walking regularly with your baby, then consider a stroller that’s suitable for all-terrain. If you’re looking for something to keep in the car boot for use around the shopping malls, you may want to invest in an umbrella stroller. For frequent travellers, it’s worth considering a lightweight and compact stroller.If the idea of transferring your baby straight from the car into the stroller is appealing, a travel system – a stroller with a compatible infant car seat that clips onto the stroller – is the answer. Alternatively, a stroller with a universal frame lets you attach your car seat to it without waking up your baby, and once baby outgrows the car seat, you can decide on replacing it with another wider, child seat.

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  • MANEUVERABILITY. It’s essential for your stroller to be easy to maneuver, especially when it is going to be filled with a baby and groceries. Look for one that can be pushed forward, pulled backward and turned around easily, possibly one which has four-way wheels. Put your child in the stroller and go for a test-drive around the store. It should feel smooth and easy to manage. Remember that your child will grow heavier, hence durability must be taken into account too.
  • FEATURES. Run through the features of each shortlisted stroller. Do they come with umbrellas or shades, cup and snack holders? Are the harness straps and buckles easy to adjust, comfortable for kids? Does it have locking rear wheels and completely reclining seat positions? Is the fabric removable and washable?If this is your first stroller and you’re planning on having more children, it’s a good idea to look at models that have the ability to have additional seat or a stand-on board installed later. It’s also important to check that neither parent will struggle with the weight, size and height of the stroller when pushing or lifting it.

    With a baby in tow, you will have more things to carry with you. Add on a couple of shopping bags and you might find yourself very quickly out of hands – so it’s good to consider strollers that have a bigger storage space

    Is it also easy to be collapsed or folded? The last thing you need when your child is crying is to be standing in a busy car park trying to collapse a stroller with a myriad of levers and buttons!

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  • SAFETY. As with all strollers, you should look for one that is approved and has been put through stringent safety testing procedures. Check up the web for any product recalls of your shortlisted strollers to make sure they are completely safe and approved.

Happikiddo carries a diverse range of strollers from various brands such as Stokke, iCandy, Nuna, Cosatto, Doona, Baby Jogger, Babyzen, Abc Design, Graco, Pockit and more. Check out our strollers in any of our stores located in Citta Mall, DPulze Cyberjaya, Publika and Quill City Mall or visit http://www.happikiddo.com.my

Happy shopping for the perfect stroller!