Kids bikes are a popular Christmas gift. And quite an obvious one, shaping into a huge gift wrapper silhouette, parked against that wall next to the Christmas tree.
But for all the potential joy and independence a kids bike promises, it can become a dreadfully compromised experience. Misaligned and incorrect components can ruin the riding experience for kids and create a DIY burden for parents, who are often unskilled regarding all things bicycle.
What are the principal issues and considerations when selecting a kids bike? And why is there so much frustration in the kids bike market, despite the bicycle being such a mature design?