How to Choose a Mountain Bike for Child

Your child now masters his little bike and is now comfortable and large. It’s time to buy him his first mountain bike. But how to choose?

How to Choose a Mountain Bike for Child

What are we talking about ?

We talk here about children who exceeded the size of one meter and generally older than 6 years. To qualify the ATV type, we define it according to the size of the wheels.
So the child will evolve on an ATV with a wheel size of 20 or 24 inches. For information here is what is generally recommended in terms of wheel size, theoretically:

Bike 20 inches

  • Age of the child between 7 and 9 years.
  • Child size between 1.20 meters and 1.30 meters

Bike 24 inches

  • Age of children between 9 and 12 years
  • Child size between 1.30 meters and 1.50 meters

We emphasize that this is only theoretical, and must of course be adapted to the morphology of your child!Remember that the child is in initiation phase and a bad position on a bad bike does not necessarily put a lot of pleasure or vocations.

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What does it do?

The goal is to go start playing off-road. This means that your child will face many stresses related profile type and the condition of it (earth, sand, pebbles, mud …).
Generally this type of ATV sees the appearance of a gear system. This combined with changes in off-road made a lot of factors to master, which therefore require a good learning period!

>> Dossier: The different types of ATV

The choice of framework

Boys or girls, a 20-inch prefer ATVs with an upper tube worked so the crossover is facilitated. On models 24 inch one begins to be a difference. The boys opt for a frame with the top tube is high enough, because more resistant to lateral torsion, while girls choose a frame whose upper tube will be much lower.

The design of the frameworks adapted to receive the wheels 20 or 24 inches is generally made of aluminum in order to have a light and rather resistant MTB. These bikes are still heavy to wear for children. Teach them to intelligently move the bike rather than wear it as he did with a balance bike or a small bike!

The brake system

On models 20 inch riding is generally of the type V-Brake(brake caliper with pads) This type of braking is not the most optimal, but it allows a good approach to start and simplified maintenance.

How to Choose a Mountain Bike for Child 1

On models 24 inches you have a choice. Either you opt for the V-Brake , the cost is so affordable and corresponds to most children, or you opt with discs and brake pads with hydraulic.This system is the quality with progressive and effective braking in all weather. It is more complicated to maintain, but is better suited to a child who is already starting to get excited about the evolution in off-road.

In the 2 cases consider adjusting the hanger distance to brake handles to facilitate good grip (fingers instead).This must be an important selection criterion!

The gear system

ATV 20 inches are usually the first mountain bike equipped with gears at the rear in the stage of development of the child.Thus, the rear derailleur appeared with sprockets on the rear wheel. The gears are in number of six (for most). The front always sees a fixed platform.

On the handlebar, the gear shift system is made in the handle and this indexed manner. Indeed, the speeds are happening by turning the first part of the right handle up or down.
The most qualitative models have figures that indicate the position. Handy to explain to the child that position 1 is the easiest and the hardest position 6, but one that helps pick up speed on the flat or downhill.

Remember to introduce your child to the shift, although the qualitative models offer more tolerance. The principle of the shift: release the pressure on the pedals, move the speed while turning the pedals without jerks.

Please note also, the bike is not protected as a small MTB bike at the transmission! See MTB definitions on http://www.transporthint.com/2016/08/15/what-is-mtb/.

On the mountain bike 24 inches, you have a choice. Either you go for speed with change in the handle or, for the more experienced, you opt for a classic speed pressure system on two levers located below the handle.

The 24 inch models also seen riding a front derailleur and three trays to optimize the passage or hump crossing. It is identical to an adult bicycle at the transmitting system. (But not of gears, and scope)

Suspension

ATV 20 or 24 inches are type semi-rigid. That is to say they have a suspension system on the front. It is ideal for beginners and learn to handle his ATV. This also allows a certain comfort in any terrain.

How to Choose a Mountain Bike for Child 2

The telescopic fork must be adjustable in hardness, which can be adapted according to the practice of the child. A knob is used to adjust the pressure on the top of the suspension. The adjustment of the compression corresponds to the smoothness of the suspension during the insertion of the spring which is on the inside. This allows more or less slow the descent of the plunger in an oil bath by adjusting the opening of a duct.

The Pedals

On a 20-inch, wide flat pedals with small spikes for the good adhesion of the foot plenty. Think your child learns a lot about this model and need to put foot down frequently. On a 24-inch model, we can already envisage automatic pedals for the more experienced!

Evolutionary Adjustment

Your child grown! You’ve probably noticed alone, but have you thought of adapting the bike based on its scalable size. Thus it is important to perform at As some adjustments to seat height.Then go for a mountain bike with a quick release seatpost. also perhaps the decline in brake handles if hands grow.

Maintenance Monitoring

It is important ! Children tend to be less cautious. Remember to check regularly:

  • Power brakes and tightening the state of the ducts and cables
  • Wear skates or pads
  • A straight saddle
  • Right handlebar
  • tires in good condition with adequate pressure
  • Lubrication of the transmission system, state of the ducts.

Make workshops

As this takes place in cycling school, make small workshops in your yard. Teach your child to use the bike:

  • short turns
  • narrow passages
  • Mounted sidewalks
  • small bumps
  • Passes under bar
  • Grab a can then ask the further
  • Shift gears to accelerate or anticipate a steeper path

How to Choose a Mountain Bike for Child 3

Accessories

This is usually the end of the small gadgets (bell, basket …) However, you can opt for a crutch on a 20 inches to facilitate parking for models 20 inches.

Also remember to teach your child how to properly apply a bike against a wall! Two contact points remote from the derailleur. The wheel and the end of the hanger are on the wall.

Visibility

You will need to equip the ATV with lights at the front and at the back if your child needs to evolve at night or in bad weather. Remember to equip with a suitable safety vest.

Equipment

Obviously helmet is recommended, as well as adequate outfit. Gloves may be useful to counter the falls.

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