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How to choose a bike helmet for a child

The most important factor in choosing a Bike Helmet for a child is understanding the size. Once you which size helmet your child needs (discussed in a previous article here), you’ll need to decide which helmet is the right one for them. In this article, we discuss the factors that can determine which helmet you should buy for your child and why.

First of all, understanding the type of riding your child will be doing needs to be taken into account. Will they be riding their own bike, or are they going to be riding with you in a bike seat or trailer? If your kid is going to riding along in a bike seat or trailer, a helmet with a smoother, flat back will prevent it from being pushed forward on their head during a ride.

If not, you may want to consider what they’ll be using their helmet for. If in their spare time there’s a chance of them heading down the skatepark or out on a scooter then consider a skater-style helmet such as THE……. with it’s additional coverage. If it’s just days on the trails riding alongside friends and family, a traditional bike helmet like the……. will be the way to go, offering a lighter, more adjustable and breathable option. This tends to be the more common choice for most parents.

Next up you can take a look at the buckle options available. It may not seem like something you need to worry about, providing it keeps your kid safe and secure in their helmet, but it can be a big deal. A standard buckle is the classic tried and tested option, simply clip it into place and rest assured your child’s helmet is secure. Be careful not to pinch them when fastening it however as it can put them off wearing a helmet in the future if it’s a painful experience. Magnetic buckles offer a wonderful pinch-free alternative and are becoming more common on kids’ helmets.

Adjustability plays a big part in which helmet you might opt for, different manufacturers use slightly different internal adjustment systems. The most common being a traditional dial adjuster at the back of the helmet. Some will come with different size internal padding, with these you can simply swap out in removable internal pads for varying thickness pads to find the best fit. In addition to internal adjustment systems quite often you will find strap sliders, these allow you to adjust where the ‘V’ of the strap sits below the ear. Proper adjustment is essential to prevent the helmet from tilting forward or back.

Visors offer additional protection in a way that may have not even crossed your mind. Keeping the suns’ harmful rays out of kids’ eyes not only protects their eyesight, but also makes their ride a far more enjoyable experience. After all they want to see where they’re going and take in all the fantastic sights along the way!

Multiple Impact Protection System – MIPS
MIPS is offered on several of our kids’ helmets now. It’s a fantastic additional safety feature that in the worst-case allows energy from an impact to be absorbed by the helmet no matter what direction the impact is from. Studies show that MIPS can decrease risk of brain injury by up to 30%.

Some kids’ helmets even come equipped with built in lights ensuring your child stays safe and seen when riding their bike! While not all helmets feature a light most will have some reflective details for maximum visibility.

Shop our range of Kids Helmets from brands such as MET, Specialized and Troy Lee Designs to make sure your child is protected for every ride. If you need further assistance with finding the right helmet for your child visit one of our stores located in Southampton, Winchester, Chichester and Swindon.

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Bikes Buying Guide Featured Kids

Choosing the right size bike for your kids

Choosing the right size kids bike for your child plays a big part in ensuring they enjoy the cycling experience and make the most of the health benefits associated with cycling.

Kids love bikes. They allow them to discover the environment around them with friends and family creating magical memories of fantastic adventures.

This year, in the lead up to Christmas, kids bikes are proving as popular as ever and with our Click & Collect service along with V12 and Klarna finance options we make it easy and affordable to get your kid on two wheels!

There are some questions every parent asks when buying their child a bike and this guide will help answer those and explain the best way to determine which size bike your child needs.

Which size bike does my child need?

Kids’ bikes are sized by wheel diameter rather than frame size. The wheel sizes from 12 to 24-inch fall loosely within age groups, but at Hargroves we have found that height is the best indicator for which bike to buy your child, rather than age. The sizes within the age range are a rough guide that you can use to help find the right bike for your child.

The below guide should let you know what size wheels you are looking for.

Hargroves Cycles Kids Bikes Size Chart Guide

12 inch wheels – Balance Bikes

These bikes have changed the way kids learn how to ride, with the main focus on them keeping their balance and learning how to steer. Research has shown that kids who learn how to ride with Balance Bikes progress quicker onto pedalled bikes, rather than kids who learn via stabilisers.

Cube Cubie 120 Kids Bike
2021 Cube Cubie 120 Walk 12in Kids Bike in Silver
£149.00

14 Inch Wheels

Moving on from the balance bikes you have the 14-inch bikes that introduce pedals, brakes and usually a single speed drivetrain. These bikes will go everywhere, from the pavement to fields, through mud and through puddles. They are durable and light and will give your little rider confidence in their riding.

Ridgeback Honey 14 Kids Bike
2021 Ridgeback Honey 14 Kids Bike In Pink
£179.99

16 Inch Wheels

Much like the 14 inch wheeled bikes, the 16 inch is the next step in your tiny cyclists’ life. Again they’re durable and easy to throw around. Most of these bikes are designed to be tough, thrown around and crashed into bushes. A perfect jumping off point to the larger bikes.

Ridgeback MX16 Kids Bike
2021 Ridgeback MX16 Kids Bike in Blue
£199.99

20 Inch Wheels

This is probably the bike that will define your kid’s childhood. Including more gears, stronger tires and light but sturdy frame, these bikes are for the kids who want to explore and have fun whilst riding. Most are equipped with V-brakes but some even have disc brakes for ultimate stopping power.

Cube Acid 200 Kids Mountain Bike
2021 Cube Acid 200 Kids Mountain Bike in Green
£329.00

24 Inch Wheels

Probably the last stop before your child moves onto an adult size (they grow up so fast). This is essentially a full sized bike scaled down for a child. Some have double or triple chainsets and even front suspension forks. Much like the 20 Inch bikes, brakes can be V-brakes or disc.

Scott Roxter 24 Kids Bike
2021 Scott Roxter 24 Kids Bike in Teal
£429.00

Mountain bikes for kids

Some kids and teenagers may find that an adult bike is the best fit for them and with that in mind, we have a huge range to choose from with 26”, 27.5” and 29” wheel options. At Hargroves our adult mountain bikes are sized in the traditional way.

Our selection of kids bikes are available in all of our stores, located in Southampton, Winchester, Chichester and Swindon and can be purchased online using our Click & Collect option.

We also have a variety of safety accessories, such as kids helmets and lights, which will ensure your child stays safe on their new bike.

Kid Riding Cannondale Bike
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Hargroves Cycles RT Kids News Road

‘Alf’ d’Huez

When Alfie Earl told his dad at the age of seven that we wanted to ride up all the legendary mountains of the Tour as soon as he could, plus a few other challenges to boot, it seemed a tall order.

But now aged 10, and supported by Hargroves, that’s just what he has done after climbing Alpe d’Huez recently.

It brings his palmares to the Tour of Flanders at just seven years-old, the Col du Tourmalet at eight, Passo dello Stelvio, Mont Ventoux, London to Paris via Dover and the Col du Galibier at nine, and now the infamous Alpe.

“I wasn’t going to stop until I’d done Alpe d’Huez too, and we were going near it on a cycling trip to Annecy, so I had my chance,” said Alfie, who lives near Horsham in West Sussex.

“Those first few kilometres were a killer and I had to get out of the saddle a lot, but the top was a lot easier. Now I want to try the Zoncolan because since we moved house I now have roads like Barhatch Lane and Leith Hill to train on, so 20 per cent is hard but I can do it. I like proving that I can. The most important thing is to enjoy it though and challenge myself to keep going.”

Alfie is also targeting Paris-Roubaix for next year, having done Flanders twice already.

“Last time I went up the Paterberg without stopping while most of the adults were walking, so I know Paris-Roubaix has worse cobbles but I’m used to them now. Also I’m now on a Ridley full-size bike from Hargroves so it was born for it!”

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Kids Bike Buyer Guide

The classic gift you see crop up in every Christmas film, one that is hard to hide and even harder to wrap. The bike is the essential childhood vehicle that will see your little rascals pedalling about the neighbourhood and exploring woodland trails. There are some questions every parent asks when purchasing a kids bike, hopefully, this guide will help answer those important questions and give you a clue on what to get!

What size do I need?

Unlike adult bikes where the different sizes are measured by frame size, kid bikes are differentiated by their wheel size. The wheel sizes from 12 Inch to 24 falls loosely within age groups but we at Hargroves have found that height is a better gauge on which bike to buy your child rather than age group. Seeing as kids grow so fast, it’s hard to shoehorn them into an age range. The sizes within the age range are a rough guide that you can use to help find the right bike for your child.

Balance Bikes

These bikes have changed the way kids learn how to ride, with the main focus is keeping your balance and learning how to steer. Research has shown that kids who learn how to ride with Balance Bikes progress quicker onto pedalled bikes, rather than kids who learn via stabilisers.

Ridgeback Scoot
Our pick: Ridgeback Scoot £99.99 – This is the perfect little bike for your little one. Simple design and helps them grow their sense of balance and control on a bike.

14 Inch Wheels

Moving on from the balance bikes you have the 14-inch bikes that introduce pedals, brakes and usually a single speed drivetrain. These bikes will go everywhere, from the pavement to fields, through mud and through puddles. They are durable and light and will give your little rider confidence in their riding.

Ridgeback MX14

Our pick: Ridgeback MX14 £139.99 – The next step up from a balance bike. The wheels are durable and ready for any adventure your child will take this bike on.

16 Inch Wheels

Much like the 14 inch wheeled bikes, the 16 inch is the next step in your tiny cyclists’ life. Again they’re durable and easy to throw around. Most of these bikes are designed to be tough, thrown around and crashed into bushes. A perfect jumping off point to the larger bikes.

Specialized Hotrock

Our pick: Specialized Hotrock 16 Coaster £134 – Much like any other bike this size, the Specialized Hotrock has durable alloy wheels, ready to take on any trail and urban course your kid can tackle.

20 Inch Wheels

This is probably the bike that will define your kid’s childhood. Including more gears, stronger tires and light but sturdy frame, these bikes are for the kids who want to explore and have fun whilst riding. Most are equipped with V-brakes but some even have disc brakes for ultimate stopping power.

Cube Kid 200

Our pick: Cube Kid 200 £279 – A bike designed for kids going off-road. An easy to change derailleur for any accidents that could happen on the trails. This is made for the kids to tackle the trails and to show the parents whose, boss.

24 Inch Wheels

Probably the last stop before your child moves onto an adult size (they grow up so fast). This is essentially a full sized bike scaled down for a child. Some have double or triple chainsets and even front forks. Much like the 20 Inch bikes, brakes can be V-brakes or disc.

Specialized Riprock
Our pick: Specialized Riprock 24 £350 – Made from premium aluminium, for a lightweight hardwearing frame. With 2.8 inch tires, that are comfortable and easy to take on any terrain, paired with mechanical disc brakes. This is a great bike for any kid who loves to ride.