Tips how to buy play bicycles
Basics / our wish (demands on your child)
Please do not try to project your own expectations for a bicycle on your child. As with every other children's vehicle, it is particularly important when selecting a children's bike that your child is not overtaxed, but supported in its development. This recommendation primarily relates to the size, but also the type of bicycle. A bike that is too big or too sporty can easily overtax your child and increases insecure behaviour (particularly in dangerous situations). Take note of your child's insecure behaviour. A good bike is optimally tailored to the anatomy and requirements of children, which makes it easy for them to control it. This is the only way that your child will enjoy cycling (and learning how to cycle) right from the start, which also promotes their ongoing development.
Children have a smaller field of vision than adults, i.e. they only take in their surrounding with a limited viewing angle. This limitation carries risks, especially in areas close to traffic. For this reason, it is particularly important that children are in the most upright position possible when sitting on a bike. Only a relaxed, upright posture makes it possible for children to perceive their surroundings in an optimum way when riding a bike, which provides the basis for safe driving behaviour. PUKY® takes into account meaningful adjustment ranges for individual growth phases and thereby ensures a useful working life. Because children's centre of gravity, unlike that of adults, is located in the upper half of the body, it is also especially important to design the frame geometry so that a children's bicycle exhibits a particularly balanced driving behaviour. The child-friendly positioning of the pedal bearings and the optimal distance between saddle and handlebars are additional important factors for a child-friendly frame geometry.
Child-friendly bicycle components
The well-thought-out selection of the individually coordinated bicycle components also makes PUKY® bicycles different: Child-friendly driving and braking characteristics, smooth, ergonomic controls and a wide variety of passive safety elements serve to protect the child. The PUKY® safety set, which includes a high-pitched bell, extra-thick impact protection, safety handlebar grips, front and back reflectors and plastic edge protectors on the front mudguards, forms part of the standard equipment of every PUKY® children's bicycle.
Child-orientated braking system
All PUKY® children's bicycles are equipped with a back pedal brake hub. In addition, they have a high-quality cantilever rim brake on the front wheel, which allows children to learn how a handbrake works in a playful way. The braking deceleration of the front brake on a children's bicycle must under no circumstances be equivalent to that of a road bicycle during emergency braking (danger of locking). Children are not yet skilled in operating such brakes and often (especially in moments of shock) cannot apply this brute braking force correctly. Many tests with children confirm this risk (front wheel skids or bicycle turns over). For this reason, PUKY® never uses biting V-brakes on children's bicycles!
A PUKY® children's bike is not a scaled down copy of an adult bike, but it corresponds to the specific requirements of children with its child-friendly frame geometry and selected bicycle components.
Cycling begins by mastering balance, which can only be learned without training wheels. Training wheels disrupt this learning process, because children get use to an artificial way of cycling and then have to make a lot of effort to unlearn it after the training wheels are removed.
Our advice: Do not use training wheels! We recommend our bicycle training aid for learning how to cycle without training wheels.
- Play bicycles with a low step through frame that make it easy to get on and off, in order to provide more security to children in the learning phase
- A child-friendly frame geometry guarantees a seating position that is healthy, comfortable and safe as a result
- A well-thought-out safety kit (thick handlebar pads, safety handle grips, mudguard edge protection)
- A robust frame (powder coated), as well as high-quality components for a long service
- No use of training wheels
- No children's bicycles that use so-called V-brakes as a front wheel brake
Determining the correct bicycle size
When buying a children's bicycle, take care that your child can touch the ground with the ball of their feet in the lowest saddle position (not just with the tips of their toes), so they have the necessary stability. Base this on the minimum inseam length provided by us beside the bicycle product images.
Determining the inseam length
Place the child (preferably without shoes) upright with their back against a wall and ask it to clamp a book (or similar) firmly between their legs at the crotch. Now you can measure the correct inseam length using a tape measure or measuring ruler between the upper edge of the book and the floor.