Playing it safe – with a VICTORIA children’s bicycle
When it comes to children and youth bicycles, VICTORIA has specialised in classic, fully equipped school bikes for the ride to kindergarten and the school playground. Safety is our top priority. For this reason, the equipment always includes StVZO-compliant lighting with hub dynamo, mudguards and carriers.
Take your time when choosing the appropriate youth bicycle
Children have lots of fun riding around on their bikes and roaming the neighbourhood. Parents will take their offspring on trips into nature, or will ride with them daily on the way to school. Children’s bicycles should have several crucial components to increase their road worthiness and simultaneously ensure the safety of the child. This is what you should look out for when purchasing a children’s bike.
The following generally applies: Parents should give considerable attention to posture, wheel size and seating position. If these are not right, then their offspring will not have any fun riding their children’s bike. The field of vision for an under twelve does not extend to a full 180°, it is approximately 30 percent less than that of their parents. Therefore the seating position for children on a bike should be more upright, as they will not have the right overview. Furthermore “Growing into a bike” should be categorically ruled out.
Children sometimes grow quickly and it is always a guessing game when the next growth spurt will happen. A bike that is too big takes the fun from cycling and is very dangerous too. If your child cannot reach the ground safely when stopping, this may lead to dangerous situations.
Trained staff will gladly help you determine whether a youth bike truly fits your child. VICTORIA bicycles for children and teenager in 20-, 24- or 26-inch are therefore exclusively available through bicycle retailers.
VICTORIA children’s bikes are available with 20-, 24- or 26-inch wheels. They are suitable from primary school age – depending on your child’s height. As a manufacturer, it is important to us that VICTORIA children’s and youth bikes are 100% roadworthy and comply with StVZO specifications (German road traffic licensing regulations).
Which wheel size should it be?
VICTORIA children’s and youth bicycles are designed for children of primary school age. However it is difficult to make a general statement about which wheel size is the right one for which age. Much of this depends on your child’s height development. This table provides some orientation:
|Age||Stride length||Height||Size in inches|
|2 to 3 years||40 cm||98 cm||12 “|
|3 to 4 years||44 cm||104 cm||12 – 14 “|
|4 to 5 years||48 cm||110 cm||12 – 16 “|
|5 to 6 years||51 cm||116 cm||14 – 18 “|
|6 to 7 years||55 cm||122 cm||16 – 20 “|
|7 to 9 years||59 – 62 cm||128 – 134 cm||18 – 20 “|
|9 to 10 years||66 cm||140 cm||20 – 24 “|
|10 to 11 years||69 cm||146 cm||22 – 24 “|
|11 to 12 years||72 cm||152 cm||24 “|
|13 to 14 years||77 cm||164 cm||26 “|
We use a hub dynamo on the small bikes for infant school children to provide light. And even a 3-speed hub is fitted here too. This offers a sufficiently large gear ratio if the road suddenly goes up a short climb, but does not overwhelm offspring on the other side. In any case, children often only ride in the preset gear.
24-inch is probably suitable from Year 3 or 4. Your child will feel a degree of responsibility and can handle the bike. He/she may ride alone to school and use the bike to catch up with friends after school. VICTORIA has a small but select choice of several colours and gearing options.
From a height of about 1.60 m, it is time for a large youth bike with 26 inch wheels. These are then already small adult bikes. The two models with derailleur are also here for the first time a fork, are certainly driven with these longer trips. And there the comfort should not be neglected even for the offspring.
Buy children’s or youth bikes from specialist retailers or as used?
The question of whether you buy children’s or youth bikes new or used is entirely up to you. Certainly, a lot can be said for buying a new model through specialist retail.
The disadvantages of a used bike:
- No guarantee or warranty
- Possible damage to the bike may remain undetected
- Repair work may be necessary before being put to use
Reasons for buying a new children’s bike from specialist retail:
- The bike can be used straight away and is roadworthy
- There will be guarantee and warranty cover
- High resale value as people often look for used bikes and thus the resale prices are relatively high
- State-of-the-art and functioning technology
In the end, it is up to you whether you look for a brand new children’s bike or a used one. What is important is: When you buy a bike, do listen to your child and your gut feeling. If your child says that the bike does not fit properly after a test ride, do not ignore what has been said. It’s not you who has to ride the bike, but your child.