*I am a Dynacraft Blog Ambassador and received product/compensation. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Summer biking is one of my favorite family activities. It’s an excellent way to get the kids active, and it promotes family togetherness. My husband and I have always loved biking, and now that the kids are old enough, we’re getting them involved as well. In fact, it’s become one of our frequent family activities. The kids love to get out and see the world fly by, and they love to be doing big kid activities with mom and dad.
We recently got a new bike for my son, and we love it. He’s so happy to be riding with the rest of the family, and I love to see that look of pride on his face when he hops on his bike to go for a ride with mom, dad, and his big sister. It took us a while to find a really great bike for him, and since I already did the footwork, I thought I’d share what to look for in a bike with my readers.
Summer Biking – How to Pick the Right Child’s Bike
When you get right down to it, almost any small bike with training wheels could be called a child’s bike, but does that make it a good child’s bike? Not really. You want to get out and enjoy summer biking with the family. You don’t want to waste time returning a bike that either broke down or that doesn’t fit your child’s needs. Here are some of the pointers I learned while looking for a bike for my son.
The first thing to remember when looking for a bike for your child is that it’s for a child. Moms, you know what I mean. Summer biking means summer energy from your child. Summer energy means maybe riding too fast or trying to do too much too soon. Which in turn leads to spills. Make sure you opt for a bike constructed of steel, NOT aluminum, so that it can survive the spill as well as your child can.
Always look for a bike with a rear break. Remember, your child is still a summer biking novice. With a rear brake, if your child throws on the brakes too hard, he or she won’t end up flipping head over heels the way they would if they braked using a front brake.
Summer biking should be fun. It’s hard to have fun when you’re uncomfortable, so make sure you get a bike with a nice, padded seat. Generally speaking, nicer model bikes will have a padded seat, but not all of them will. Some bikes come with hard plastic seats, which are just terrible. Only get a hard plastic seat if you want your child to NEVER use his or her bike. 😉
Summer biking for the beginner will involve training wheels. Whatever bike you get, make sure the training wheels are strong. The last thing you want to happen is for the training wheels to go out on your child while he or she is biking. That’s a recipe for them never wanting to get on the bike again.
Of course, most of our husbands are going to say, “If it has wheels, it’s good to go.” We moms know better. Summer biking may be family time, but it also involves seeing the neighborhood kids and being seen by them. Kids want to look cool, so get a bike that’s “cool”. This will largely involve knowing what your child is into, but take that into account. Summer biking feels better when you look awesome.
Summer Biking in Style
These tips can help you find the right bicycle for your child’s summer biking pleasure. I learned all of these as I looked for a bike for my son, and they all lead me to the Dynacraft 12″ Boys’ Tonka Bike. It’s the perfect match for my son AND for me.
So far, my son is loving it. He’s in love with the colors and the graphics on both the body of the bike and the protective cushions, and he loves the big chunky wheels on both the actual bike and the training wheels. He is so excited to get out and bike with the family! Neither one of us could be any happier with this bike! Yay!
Dynacraft 12″ Boys’ Tonka Bike
- All-steel construction
- Rugged frame
- Padded seat
- Rear brake
- Classic Tonka graphics
- Durable training wheels
If you’re looking for a great starter bike for summer biking. This Dynacraft 12″ Boy’s Tonka Bike is a great choice for your son. The bike also comes in other great styles for both boys and girls, so there’s a bike that’s perfect for every child and perfect for summer biking.
Giveaway: One winner will receive the Tonka bike. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to visit Dynacraft and tell me your favorite product. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Mindy DeLisi says
OMG! Monster High scooter is pretty awesome! My daughter would like that, never saw that before!
Cami Valenzuela says
My son would freak out over this.. TONKA 12V MIGHTY DUMP TRUCK. Saw it was only available at toy r us so gonna have to look into it.
Stephanie Phelps says
I love the FAIRY TALE HIGH 6V COUPE
Brooke Bumgardner says
The 14″ You and Me bike is so cute! My younger daughter loves taking baby dolls with her everywhere, and this makes it super fun.
vickie Couturier says
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Will G says
The BMW 6V i8 CONCEPT is pretty sweet!
Belinda Bell says
My granddaughter would love the Monster High Scooter. She has wanted one of them. My little grandson would love this Tonka bike. He is just big enough of it.
Anita Duvall says
Oh my goodness! Any little Princess would love to have the 24V Disney Princess ride in Carriage. So cute.
tina m says
I like the MONSTER HIGH 24V CITY SCOOTER
ken ohl says
my little niece would love the disney princess ride in carriage. thankyou, ken
Jerry Marquardt says
My nephew would love the 700C Dynacraft City Scape Pedal-Assist bike .
I like the 26″ DYNACRAFT WAIKIKI CRUISER.
Colleen Maurina says
I also really like their 24V-Dynacraft-Black-Ice-eDrifter. They have an amazing selection – the kids would love them all!
Richard Hicks says
I like their SURGE 12V ROADSTER ride on. SO cute and kids would love it.
Kristin Goodson says
I like the 16′ nerf bike! That looks really cool.
custom paper says
I had the same little whills on my bicycle when I was a child! Thanks daddy! I remeber it by now!
Denise Sachs says
I like the Trolls 3-Wheel Scooter.
Karen Giasson says
I love the Spiderman web rider. OMG my grandsons would love to own that one.
I also like the MONSTER HIGH 24V CITY SCOOTER
Marty Crosson says
The Oasis Cruiser is pretty cute.
elizabeth miller says
I love the 26″ SUPERCYCLE NITROUS26 BIKE. The bike looks great in blue and it looks like it would be really fun to ride on.
I love the SURGE 12V CAMO 4X4
Karen A. says
I’d love to have the 26″ SONOMA SUNSET CRUISER for myself.
Patty wright says
The Hello Kitty bike with training wheels
Sarah Osborne says
I love the hello kitty folding scooter!
Trisha Burgess says
I love the surge 6v camo 4×4!!
Brittney House says
My niece would love the monster high scooter.
Klydra Pugh says
Zombie Princess 24 City Scooter
Thanks for the chance
Melissa Hartley says
I really like this bike the best:
26″ SONOMA SUNSET CRUISER 😀
Cheryl Everitt says
My granddaughters agree with me that we like the MONSTER HIGH 24V CITY SCOOTER.
Robin Abrams says
I love the BMW 6V S1000RR MOTORCYCLE
Brigitte Bauman says
I like the 14″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke. This product will make a great gift for my nephew.
P.J. Coldren says
I’m not a Mom – I’m an Auntie. Should I be fortunate enough to win, there is a family in my (poor) town to whom I would donate this bike. Thanks for the chance to do this.
Cool bike and giveaway- perfect for my 3 year old grandson!
My grandson would like the Thomas bike best!
Heather B says
The Thomas & Friends Foot to Floor Car would be a HUGE hit in my house!
Justin Sparks says
I really love the power vehicles for the kiddos
Would like to win this Dynacraft 12 Boys Tonka Bike for my son 🙂
Tiffany Seybold says
I like the Minion three wheel scooter
Lauryn R says
I would love to get the Tonka 12V Mighty Dump Truck for my son! He would love this so much! 🙂
CHRSITY SWEENEY says
I LIKE THE MINION THREE WHEEL SCOOTER THE BEST!
My kids would like the nerf bike
Trinity Rosario says
My grandson would love the Dumptruck or BMW 6V i8 CONCEPT
I love the FAIRY TALE HIGH 6V COUPE
Mi Webber says
What a great giveaway!
Kelly D says
I like the Trolls 3-Wheel Scooter.
Kathleen Moss says
I like two items…the 2 in 1 Thomas and Hello Kitty…twins are coming soon.
The giveaway bike would be wonderful for their big brother.
Ada Miller says
I love the hello kitty 6v car.my niece would love it
Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim says
I like the Hello Kitty car.
Carly D. says
I love the mini beachcomber! It is so cute! And it looks so fun!
Amy Stonger says
I love the Monster High 24V City Scooter and know my daughter would too!
Marcia Goss says
I like the Tonka Mighty 12V Dump Truck. This would be great for my grandson.
crystal martinez says
My sons would the the ride on surge 12v camo 4×4
Bridget Calfee says
Jenna Hudson says
I really like the TONKA 12V MIGHTY DUMP TRUCK. My kids would have a blast.
Kirsten Perez says
6v hello kitty car it’s so cute I wish I would fit in it……
Sarah Oswald says
This is my favorite item my niece would love this ride on toy.
Cecilia Pipitone-Oliveto says
My grandson Lucian would love the Dynacraft 12 in. Tonka bike.
brittany marie thompson says
I really love the 18″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke
Omg, this bike is so cute, my son would love this.
Brandy Y. says
I like the 12V Spiderman Web Rider! Such a cool vehicle! My son would love it!
Anne Marie Carter says
I love the Tonka Bike because it is made of steel and it is rugged. My grandson would love it!
Elizabeth H. says
I love the 18″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke!! My great nephew would really like it!!
Deborah W. says
I love the 16″ Magna cheerleader bike. My granddaughter would love it too. It’s so cute!
Laurie Nykaza says
THOMAS TALKING TRIKE W/COAL CARRIER is so cute
My son would love a hot wheels bike since he loves the cars he would love the bike.
I like the My Little Pony 6V Little Quad for my granddaughter
Jessica Epps says
I love, love the Disney Princess Carriage. My little girl loves Disney and boy is she a princess… how fitting 😉
margaret porter says
Love the Tonka Mighty Dump Truck
The dump truck style looks like fun – okay, they ALL look like fun! lol!
Katrina Angele says
My son loves Thomas the Train so I like the 14″ THOMAS BIKE.
Melissa C says
I just love the 24V Disney Princess Carriage
patricia skinner says
I love the Thomas & Friends Foot to Floor Car. That is so adorable.
Susan Chester says
My grandson would get a kick out of the 16″ MINIONS BIKE W/FART BLASTER, lol
Darlene Owen says
This would be just the right size bike for my grandson.
Rachel C says
My Little Pony quad! My girls would go nuts over that!!
jessica souder says
great bike! and what a cutie!
Faye Gates says
I like the FAIRY TALE HIGH 6V COUPE.
I like the 24″ AVIGO MOUNTAIN RIDGE BIKE.
Cindy H says
Great Blog…I check it everyday! Thanks for all the information!
Cindy H says
SURGE 12V ROADSTER
Pam Collins says
I would love the 14″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke for my grandson.
I Love, Love, Love the Zombie Princess Bike! I think my daughter would love it too : ) Thank you!!
Krissy Daniels says
I know a little boy would love the 16″ MINIONS BIKE W/FART BLASTER!! Its so cute
The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia says
I love the 6V Hello Kitty Car. My boys wouldn’t use it, but my girls would have loved it when they were younger.
Michelle Morrison says
My little grandson would just love that
Angela Williams says
My daughter love the 16″ Dynacraft Shopkins Girls’ Bike.
Constance Tillman says
My 5 year old, Colton would love:18″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke
Thanks for the chance
Nicole Sender says
I like the MY LITTLE PONY 24V CITY SCOOTER!
I also like the MINIONS FOLDING SCOOTER! 🙂
My son would love the AVENGERS 12V 4X4 ride on jeep
Jill Rivera says
TONKA 12V MIGHTY DUMP TRUCK
My brother had a tonka truck that he could not destroy. I wonder if the tonka 12v mighty dump truck is a destructible.
Erica B. says
The 12V dump truck is great.
Grant D says
18″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike with Turbospoke
My daughter would love the 14″ YOU AND ME BIKE!
Rachel Freer says
I like the Thomas & Friends Foot to Floor Car.
Stephanie Larison says
I like the HELLO KITTY 6V 4X4, it’s adorable!
Ashley Busse says
My daughter would freak over the Monster Sky scooter! So cool!!
Allyson becker says
I love the 24V Disney Princess Carriage. So cute!
David s says
My son would love this Tonka bike
Kimberly Keithline says
I love the MY LITTLE PONY 24V CITY SCOOTER
Lyndsey R. says
My favorite product is the SURGE 24V DIRTBIKE. We love motocross in our family!
I would love the oasis cruiser for my daughter and thanks so much for the chances to win.
susan smoaks says
i would like to get the 26″ MAGNA DUCK CRUISER for myself.
jessica c says
ZOMBIE PRINCESS 24 CITY SCOOTER lots of great things hard to choose.
Jessica Lawrence says
I like the Tonka 12V Mighty Dump Truck ride on!
JoAnn F says
My grandson would LOVE the 24V Dynacraft Black Ice eDrifter!!!!
Heather d says
The Disney Princess Carriage is so cute. I would have loved any of these as a kid.
Shelby Thomas says
That little bmw is amazing would love to have that thing
jodi derryberry says
spiderman 12v e scooter would be my older sons choice, but my youngest has been wanting a bike forever! Was planning on getting Santa to drop one off this year!
Denise W says
I love the 18″ Dynacraft Hot Wheels Boys’ Bike turbo. Very cool!
Janine H says
I like the my Little Pony city scooter
Alona Y says
I really like the Dynacraft Hello Kitty 6 Volt Powered Ride On! It’s so stinkin cute!
Travis Cryder says
MY daughter would flip for the TONKA 12V MIGHTY DUMP TRUCK. She is obsessed with dump trucks which is odd to me since she is barely three.
Kristi C says
I really like the 26″ MAGNA CLIFF RUNNER 21S BIKe.
linda fulton says
i like the 16 in hot wheels bike
Pam Flynn says
I love the Dynacraft 20″ Sapphire Bike. It’s really classy and fun for girls.
jesse johnson says
I really like the hot wheels bike. My grand daughter would love them
Brandon Sparks says
I really like the ONCE UPON A ZOMBIE FOLDING SCOOTER
Carl White says
I would love to have the 27.5″ DYNACRAFT VBX3000 BIKE.
I went to their site and I love the Trolls 3 wheel scooter.
Rajee Pandi says
SURGE 12V CAMO 4X4