Thinking of getting one for my ds for christmas when he will be a couple of months shy of 4. I have been looking on ebay but am not sure whether a 12" bike or a 14" bike is more suitable. I am only going to buy something cheap and cheerful so if he grows out of it fairly quickly then I am not too worried! What do your little ones have?
thanks for that ... I was thinking of bidding on a tonka one on ebay but it is only 12" so maybe I will hold off. It was pretty much new ... and cheap! He is fairly tall but doesn't have very long legs. Perhaps I will try and measure him - I just don't want to get him involved in picking etc as he will want it before Christmas that way!
I got ds1 a 12" one for his 3rd birthday, he's still fine on it but would buy a 14" for a four year old to get the use out of it (you can normally adjust the seat). We got a fire chief one from Halfords, was £35 on sale I think but we have got the use out of it, best pressie we've ever bought him!
DS is average height for a barely 4yo & is currently riding a 12". Without stabilisers (for last 6 weeks). Depends on frame geometry, but he can't manage the 14" bikes we have (several ). I would go for 12" wheels myself. All my dc learnt to ride w/o stabs on the 12" (age 3-5). They need an undersized bike to balance w/o stabilisers.
as flack has just said a smaller bike is easier to learn to cycle without stabilisers.
ds got a 16" bike (tesco bargain) for his 4th b'day on the advice of the lovely man in Halfords based on the fact that he was tall enough for it. A year on he'd hardly cycled it (with stabilisers) as it was too big and heavy. Then we were given a 14" hand on and he's just learned to cycle it without stabilisers. We were out for a walk/cycle after tea tonight and I was thinking that he looked far too big for it, but it's given him the confidence to go for it! He was 5 in April and the 14" is perfect for him so I'd consider a 12" if your wee guy's still going to be 3.
This Xmas, ds then aged 3.8 had a 14" bike. We measured him against the height chart at Halfords which suggested the 12" one but when he sat on it his legs were clearly too long. In fact my dd aged nearly 2 could just about fit the 12" one.