Are you on the hunt for the best bike for your little one? Bike riding is an amazing activity for kids because it promotes physical fitness, balance, and coordination, as well as mental and social well-being. Not to mention, it’s a fun and healthy activity that can be enjoyed alone or with friends and family. However, finding the perfect bike for your kid can often be a daunting task. When purchasing a bike for your child, there are hundreds of options available, from big-box retailers to specialty bike shops.
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at two popular options: Kmart and Kidvelo. While Kmart bikes may seem like an affordable option, there are some key differences between Kmart bikes and Kidvelo bikes that are important to consider. If you’re keen on learning more, simply read on to find out more.
Kidvelo Kids Bikes
Size & Fit:
First and foremost, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a bike for your
child is size and fit. The right size bike will not only be more comfortable for your child to ride,
but it will also be safer. A bike that is too big can be difficult for a child to control and can lead to accidents. On the other hand, a bike that is too small can be uncomfortable and may not provide
the proper support for your child’s growing body. As a general guide for different age ranges, the following tire sizes are typically suitable:
- For 3 to 5-year-olds: 30cm/12in
- For 4 to 8-year-olds: 40cm/16in
- For 7 to 11-year-olds: 50cm/20in
At Kidvelo, we offer a diverse range of lightweight kids bikes in different sizes, that cater to boys
and girls of all shapes and sizes. We are passionate in our belief that a balance bike will give
your child the necessary skills for a lifetime of fearless riding, all the while building their
confidence, coordination, and muscle development. To get that boost, kids need to be
comfortable on their bikes, therefore the bikes should be lightweight, durable, and capable.
Some of our most popular Kids Bikes include:
- Kidvelo Rookie 12 inch Balance Bike
- Kidvelo Rookie 14 inch Balance Bike with Pedals
- Kidvelo Rookie 18 inch Balance Bike with Pedals
With a low standover height to help boost confidence while learning, the Rookie geometry has
been optimised for a growing kid’s body. Combined with adjustable components, you can dial in
the best fit for your child.
Additional Features Unique To Kidvelo Bikes:
- Balance bikes can be converted into pedal bikes, allowing you to get the most bang for your buck;
- Pneumatic tyres; and
- Taller balance bike ranges for older kids.
Brakes are a crucial safety feature in kids bikes, as it allows the child to stop the bike quickly and safely, thus preventing accidents and injuries. Hand brakes, in particular, are easier for kids to use and give them more control over the bike. Additionally, brakes can help children build confidence in their riding abilities, allowing them to explore different terrains and riding conditions without fear of losing control.
Kidvelo offers brake systems on all our 14, 18 and 24 inch balance bikes, ensuring that you have peace of mind, knowing that your child is safe at all times. These bikes feature proper V brakes (front and back) that stop on a dime, depending on the bike model. They are lightweight, easy to use, and provide sufficient stopping power for most children’s riding needs.
It’s no surprise that kids’ bikes are subject to rigorous use and potential mishandling, such as drops and crashes. With this in mind, a well-built frame made from sturdy materials (like steel or aluminium) can withstand these demands and offer durability. A strong frame contributes to the overall safety of the bike, ensuring it can handle the stresses of riding and protect the rider in case of accidents. However, at the same time, a bike frame shouldn’t be too heavy as this can be cumbersome and make riding more challenging, especially for younger riders who may have less strength and coordination.
Thankfully, all Kidvelo bike frames are made from extremely lightweight aluminium, and more importantly, they are guaranteed to never rust…ever! We also provide a 5-year warranty on the frame and forks, ensuring that your chosen bike is well taken care of for years to come.
Colour & Style Options:
When it comes to choosing the perfect kids bike, looks certainly do matter. As a parent, it’s no secret that children often have preferences and interests when it comes to colours and designs. As such, allowing them to choose a bike with their favourite colours or featuring characters, patterns, or themes they enjoy allows them to express their individuality and personality. This can help to create a sense of ownership and pride in their bike, making them more excited and motivated to ride.
At Kidvelo, we offer a variety of bikes in different colours and designs, regardless of your child’s age, gender or personal preference.With a sleek and beautiful design available in four charming colours, our bikes provide a smoother and safer ride. Trust us when we say that this bike is the ultimate gift for any child.
Our girls bikes and boys bikes include a variety of colours and designs including:
- Neon Red
- Neon Green
- Neon Pink
- Azure Blue
- Gunmetal Grey (perfect for older kids)
Kmart Kids Bikes
Size & Fit:
Kmart is a well-known department store that offers a variety of affordable bikes for kids. Their bikes are typically made with lower-end components and materials, which can make them less durable and comfortable than higher-end bikes. Kmart also offers a variety of kids’ bikes in different sizes to accommodate children of different ages and heights. They typically offer bikes in sizes ranging from 12 inches to 24 inches, which can fit children from ages 2 to 12 years old.
Some of the most popular Kmart Kids Bikes include:
- Kmart 30cm Racer Balance Bike
- Kmart 40cm Cruiser Bike
- Kmart 50cm Bella Cruiser Bike
As mentioned earlier, brakes are a critical component of any kids bike. Kmart bikes feature front straightforward and easy to use calliper brakes, rear coaster brakes, allowing children to stop the bike without having to coordinate their hands and feet simultaneously. Caliper brakes provide good stopping power and are generally easy to operate for older children who have developed sufficient hand strength and coordination. Additionally, rear coaster brakes are intuitive to use, especially for younger or less experienced riders, as they eliminate the need for hand coordination.
Kmart bikes feature sturdy steel frames, ensuring that your child’s bike can withstand the demands of rough handling, occasional drops, and impacts that may occur during kids’ bike riding. However, it is important to note that steel frames tend to be heavier compared to frames made from materials like aluminium, and this additional weight can make the bike feel less manoeuvrable and may require more effort from younger riders, particularly when climbing hills or accelerating.
Additionally, steel frames are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for or if exposed to moisture. Regular maintenance, such as applying protective coatings or keeping the frame dry, is necessary to prevent rust and ensure the longevity of the frame.
Colour & Style Options:
When it comes to the variety of colours and styles on offer, we truly cannot fault Kmart. Kmart offers numerous bikes in a variety of patterns and hues, including their Disney Pixar Cars Bike and Barbie Malibu Bike which is perfect for little girls. For older kids, there are also many options including BMX bikes, light-up bikes and mountain bikes that are sure to delight. However, many of these bikes, although pretty to look at, may not be as durable or reliable as Kidvelo bikes that are made with your child’s safety and riding experience in mind. Food for thought!
Which Kids Bike To Choose – Kmart or Kidvelo?
So, which is the better option for your child? The answer really depends on your priorities and budget:
If you’re looking for a more affordable bike and aren’t too concerned about durability or advanced features, a Kmart bike may be a good option. With a wide variety of bikes at a highly affordable price point, Kmart bikes offer parents the chance to introduce kids to biking without breaking the bank.
However, if you want a high-quality bike that’s designed specifically for kids and will provide a more comfortable and enjoyable riding experience, a Kidvelo bike is the perfect choice. Our Australian-designed bicycles are not only lightweight and durable but also provide safety and comfort. They are specifically crafted to smoothly transition from balance bikes to pedal bikes as children become more proficient in riding.
Style & Features:
When it comes to style and features, you really can’t go wrong with either retailer. At Kidvelo, we offer a wide variety of bikes in different colours, ensuring that your child finds a bike that truly resonates with their style and personality. Similarly, Kmart offers numerous bikes in different colours, patterns and styles, allowing for ultimate customisation.
By considering these factors, you can find a bike that is safe, comfortable, and appropriate for your child’s age and riding abilities. Remember to also prioritise your child’s preferences and interests to ensure they enjoy riding their bike and continue to develop their skills and love for cycling.
Find Your Perfect Bike Today
Ready to give your child the ultimate biking experience? Choose Kidvelo for the perfect kids’ bikes that will fuel their love for adventure. With our top-notch craftsmanship, adjustable features, and focus on safety, Kidvelo offers the perfect ride for your little one. Explore our range today, or get in touch if you have any questions or require guidance on choosing the perfect bike for your child. Don’t miss out on the joy of Kidvelo biking!
At our Australian company, we are dedicated to making cycling a fun and enjoyable experience for children. We specialize in designing and manufacturing lightweight bikes specifically for kids. Our range includes a unique next-generation design of balance bike that can easily convert to a first pedal bike when the child is ready, thanks to the included easy-ride pedal kit. We strongly believe that the lighter the bike, the easier it is for children to learn to ride and enjoy the experience as they progress. Many children’s bikes on the market are nearly as heavy as the child themselves! That’s why we took on the challenge of redesigning kids’ bikes, creating a lightweight yet strong aluminum frame and carefully selecting components that offer high performance without compromising on weight.