So you’ve gotten your little ripper a shiny new bike. Now all they need is the right kit to get them rolling around safely and in style.
Here are the essential pieces of gear for your kid:
A Helmet (This Ain’t the 1950s)
Kids should operate on the condition that no helmet = no biking. It’s a simple accessory that can turn otherwise devastating injuries into stand-up-and-dust-yourself-off spills — and we have a killer selection of kids’ helmets.
You won’t find any cheap styrofoam coffee-cup helmets in our selection. These things are made to actually shield a kid’s skull from dangerous impacts. Kids’ helmets have advanced in the past decade to be on par with adult helmets, and ours include top-of-the-line choices by Specialized, NutCase, and Giro.
A good helmet has exactly one job and is ready to do it at all times. And remember that the helmet only gets to do its job once, meaning if the kid falls and bangs it up, it’s time to replace it. The reason for this is that helmets are a finely tuned marriage of foam, adhesives, and plastics, and they’re designed to absorb an impact one time only. You should replace your kid’s helmet every few years.
Bells and Whistles (or Bells and Horns, Actually)
A bike bell lets your kid signal to pedestrians and other bikers that they are approaching. Awareness is the biggest element of bike safety, and a bike bell gives kids the power to practice this awareness. It’s also a pleasant, nostalgic sound that won’t drive you crazy.
Now, if you really want to guarantee your kid will be audible as they approach, look at our horns instead. Sunlite makes horns in both squeeze-ball trumpet form and caricature form, letting your kid reach out to squeeze fun characters like a panda, whale, turtle, or even a sumo wrestler.
Once biking fever hits, it’s time to deck your kid out in gear that gets them excited about riding. Choose from jerseys like the Enduro GROM Kid’s Jersey, which comes in several different designs to make them look like a million bucks.
Our very own kids’ Lodown Gloves protect their hands from impact when they take a tumble. Racing titan Fox also makes some killer elbow pads for kids to protect their arms. If you need it, you can find it here.
Making sure kids develop a loving relationship with cycling is more than just a moral issue for us — it’s a great investment in everyone’s future. That’s why we don’t take kids’ gear lightly. So come to us for high-quality kids’ bike accessories and apparel, and we’ll make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for.
About Mike’s Bikes: Mike’s Bikes is a growing family of local bike shops, all with a singular purpose - to get as many people on bikes as possible. We locally own and operate twelve wildly successful stores in Northern California. In addition to our brick-and-mortar shops, mikesbikes.com is one of the top online bicycle retail sites in the country.