Which bike should I buy for my child?

four children on bikes

Helping your child learn to ride a bike for the first time is one of the most rewarding experiences, however, the questions that often arise are what bike should I buy my child? And what frame size is right for my child? Buying a children’s bike can be an overwhelming task as the market is full to the brim of different options and variations. Here at The Cycle Company, we can help you narrow this down. Firstly you need to consider, bike size, riding ability, bike weight and how long is this new bike going to last.

Why does bike weight matter on kids bikes?

The answer to this is simple. A lighter bike will give your child more manoeuvrability, help them find climbing hills easier and give them more confidence – basically it will allow them to progress faster when either learning to ride and therefore ride further and faster.

What size/model children’s bike do I need?

  • A great first pedal bike to look at is the Forme Cubley. This model comes in three different sizes and three different colours, so there really is something for everyone.
Which Forme Cubley does my child need?
Cubley 14
Cubley 16
Cubley 18
Min Inside Leg (cm)
43 – 48
49 – 52
50 – 54
Height (Feet & Inches)
3′ 5″ – 3′ 10″
3′ 8″ – 4′ 0″
4′ 0″ – 4′ 2″
Height (cm)
105 - 117
112 - 122
122 - 127


  • A great option for older children is the Forme Kinder, which is one of the lightest kids bikes on the market at just 8.47 Kg. The Forme Kinder also comes in three different sizes and three different colours. 
Which Forme Kinder does my child need?
Kinder MX20
Kinder MX24
Kinder MX26
Min Inside Leg (cm)
52 - 62
61 - 67
66 - 74
Height (Feet & Inches)
3′ 10″ – 4′ 6″
4′ 2″ – 4′ 9″
4′ 6″ – 5′ 0″
Height (cm)
117 - 136
127 - 145
138 - 154


What should I look out for when buying a kids bike?

Fit, longevity, comfort, weight and scaled-down components are the most important factors for your child to get the most out of their riding  experience.  When comparing bikes from different brands there's actually a lot to look out for! 

Forme’s range of children’s bikes include mountain bikes and hybrid bikes and are in stock at The Cycle Company. Forme children’s bikes compete with top brands like Frog and Isla bikes – both in weight and components. They are great fun to ride and come in a wide range of colours – they are also much more affordable than their rivals!

Click on the link to view our range of children’s bikes for sale.