Decathlon shares how to pick the ideal bike for your child this Christmas

Shirl Orono
6 min readDec 6, 2022

With the summer school holidays approaching, many parents are thinking of getting their kids a bike for Christmas. Better than adding yet another noisy toy to a pile of toys that won’t get played with after a week, a bicycle is a practical yet fun; and more importantly, a healthy gift option.

“Giving your child a bike for Christmas is a great idea. There is nothing quite like the excitement of seeing a bike by the tree on Christmas morning. What’s more, getting it at the start of the summer holidays means they can use it for the entire break and beyond. Whether it’s your kid’s first bike or it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bike, there are some important things to remember when you go shopping,” Decathlon Australia, Wheels Commercial Director, Tamara O’Donnell said.

1. The right size for your child

“How do you find the right size bike for your child? You can tell this easily by looking at three things — seat height, standover height and brake reach,” ‘O’Donnell said.

1. Seat height. From balance bikes to their first bike without training wheels, when seated your child’s feet should be flat on the ground. After this it’s easier to balance and your child can stop and have just the balls of their feet resting on the ground.

2. Standover height. The ideal height is when it’s comfortable for them to stand over and hop on and off the bike, and they look confident doing so. This is really important for your child to get the most enjoyment out of their new bike.

3. Brake reach. Ideally, your child can easily and comfortably reach the brakes with a slight bend in the elbow. Looking for these cues will help you make the best decision for your child and ensure they can get the most out of their new bike this summer.

“Both the age and height of your child will help you find the right size bike. At Decathlon, we recommend measuring your child and then checking out our size guideline to see what bikes would be most suited to them,” O’Donnell said.

“You will notice that kids’ bikes are measured in inches. This refers to the wheel size of the bike and is the way kids’ bikes are measured.”