Cool things Metro Parent editors love and you gotta have
May 15, 2012
Cool Bikes and Accessories for Kids
May is National Bike Month! Roll out your family's wheels and get riding with these fun new bikes and awesome doodads, from horns to sweet exhaust systems.
Why drive when you can ride? Not only is bicycling a great workout for everyone in the family; it's an earth-friendly way to travel, too. So, in honor of National Bike Month, we've rounded up the hottest bikes for all levels of riders, plus fun accessories to upgrade anyone's two (or three) wheeler. Ride on!
Training wheels are so last summer. The Strider allows little ones ages 1-5 to learn two-wheeled riding on a model designed to teach balance for beginners. In place of pedals are integrated footrests so riders can lift their feet on and off the ground whenever they feel ready (or wobbly). Available in additional colors. Snag it at Target for $89.
(For a similar version of the PREbike, check out the Kazam Balance Bike, built for riders ages 3-6, $99 at Walmart.)
Say good-bye to plain-old spokes! These easy-to-attach lights will not only jazz up your bikers' wheels, but they're also great for lighting up nightriders. Creativity is a must for personalizing with these fun spinning light shows. Lights come with 16 different colors and can be set to spin in 19 different designs. 3 AA batteries required. Available for $50 at Monkeylectric.
Take a ride back in time with this vintage-inspired beauty. With wide tires for smooth riding and a classic cruiser handlebar for a comfortable upright position, this beach bike is perfect for leisurely trips around the neighborhood. Plus, the adorable floral detailing makes it extra sweet and summery. Find it at Newegg.com for $151.
Throwback must-haves for any pair of wheels, these retro-styled horns are great for cyclists of all ages. The bright colors and sleek silver designs make these fun, affordable accessories perfect for your next riding adventure – beep, beep! Grab 'em for $5 each at Schylling.com.
For those who ride on the wilder side, here's a pair of wheels perfect for the latest racing, jumping and dirt track exploring. Its sleek frame, tough tires and powerful brakes let your adventurous ones ride like the pros. Recommended for ages 8-12. Available for $100 on Amazon.
Rev up your engines with this sweet bicycle addition that'll turn your "average" into "awesome!" A snazzy device attached to the back bicycle wheel turns your pedal power into motorbike engine sound effects so riders will feel like they're on a real motorcycle. Runs $22 on the Turbospoke.