Kid's Bikes, How to Buy and What to Look For

by Alex Obriecht, Owner

At Race Pace Bicycles, we sell hundreds of kid's bikes every year, and we love it because we love to get young people started off right in cycling.  

Here are just a few reasons you should buy your child's bike from us:

  • We carry a broad selection of quality children's bikes. Our models cover the complete range of needs for every child, from a balance (no pedals) bike for a two year old to a true mountain bike for the pre-teen.
  • Every bike is top quality for an enjoyable ride and, as always at Race Pace Bicycles, is fully assembled by our skilled professional technicians. 
  • In addition to being assembled and ready to ride, we offer a trade-in program for up to four years after your initial purchase.  If you'd like to trade up to the next size, just bring your bike into any of our stores and we will assess the condition and give you as much value for it as we can--we want your child to have another great bike, too!
  • We offer free adjustments as your child grows, and we can offer good advice on when he or she needs the next step up in size, capability, or quality.

The one question we are asked more than any other is:  "Does a growing child need a bicycle that nice?  Won't they just grow out of it in 2-3 years?"  And the answer is:  YES, they will grow out of it, and YES, they need a bike that nice!  If your child is to learn to love riding bikes, it has to be easy for them.  The bike should:

  • Ride well, with smoothly turning wheels
  • Have confidence-inspiring, brakes that function well
  • Have a steering mechanism that is responsive and within reach. 

In short, if a child tries to ride a bike and finds it difficult to perform the most basic task--pedaling to make the bike go--how long will they continue to struggle?

There are many examples in the market of really poorly-built bicycles--like models that use plastic washers in place of ball bearings, bikes that are sized so strangely it should be surprising that any child can ever learn to ride them.  Additionally, these bikes have NO VALUE after just one or two years--NONE!  They often have to be replaced with another bike of the same size even before the child outgrows it.

In contrast, every bike we sell will last through more than one child--often several.  The value is in the ease of riding, the proper fit, the complete assembly, and the lasting quality.  And when you are done with a bike purchased from Race Pace, just bring it into any of our locations and trade it in as mentioned above--you've got four years to do it.

And remember:  If you buy a bike for your child and it is given as a surprise, please bring it in afterward so that we can size all aspects of the bike correctly for safe and enjoyable riding.  In fact, bring it back a year later and let us do it again--all at no charge, of course!


Our brand selection is the best in the industry, including the full line of Trek children's bikes, a new line of excellent kid's bikes from Cleary, children's mountain bikes from Scott (in both 20" and 24" wheel sizes), a very wide range of kid's bike from Electra, and bikes from several other brands as well.


Trek children's bikes

Wide Range of Electra kid's bikes

20 & 24 inch wheel mountain bikes from Scott

Kid's Bikes from Cleary



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