9 Best Beginners Bikes for Toddlers

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9 Best Beginners Bikes for Toddlers

January 05, 2022
posted by Chelsea Lavin

Teaching your little one to ride a bike is one of the most exciting parts of watching your child grow up. Keep reading for our guide on the best beginner bikes for toddlers so you and your little one can be confident and excited for this next step in play development!


What age is best to start a toddler on a bike?

As your little one grows, you might be wondering what age kids ride bikes? The answer will change family to family, but it’s never too early to start building confidence and balance.

Balance bikes and tricycles are great places to start (see below to read about the difference between toddler bikes). These rides isolate key skills to bike riding so that your little one can learn them independently. Trikes teach pedaling, and, as the name implies, balance bikes teach balance. Our balance bikes are recommended for kids 18 months to 5 years, while some of our tricycles, like the Big Red Classic Tricycle, have an age range of 2-5 years.

Once your little ones are a little older, families can introduce a training wheel bike around 3 to 7 years old. Be sure to check the recommended age for all bikes and riding toys.


What are the different types of toddler bikes?

Tricycle: A tricycle is a beginner bike with three wheels. They are stable and help kids develop strength and coordination to steer and pedal with a stable and durable base.

Balance Bike: A balance bike is a pedal-less bike that helps kids focus and build balance. Kids can kick and glide on their balance bike while developing gross motor and spatial skills like balance, motion, and coordination.

Training Wheel Bike: A training wheel bike is a classic bike with pedals and two small rear wheels for a  total of four wheels on the bike. The training wheels are typically removable, like on our Classic 12" Cruiser™.


Radio Flyer’s Guide to 9 Best Toddler Bikes:


  1. Best Custom Tricycle: Custom Build-A-Trike®

Can’t decide between a parent push bike and a toddler trike? Build the ideal custom ride that transforms from a stroller trike by removing the optional accessories and the adjustable parent push bar and to reveal a classic toddler tricycle.

    build a trike


  • Ideal for children up to 5 years or 49lbs - starting age depends on the accessories selected
  • Each tricycle features a storage basket, sturdy steel frame and a large front wheel to guarantee smooth riding
  • Customize the color, tires, fabric, accessories, storage, and nameplate


  1. Best Beginner Tricycle with Metal Frame: Big Red Classic Tricycle

This beginner tricycle has classic styling, like a sturdy metal frame, chrome handlebars, ringing bell, and fun streamers to ride in style. Not only is this a timeless icon, but the adjustable seat grows with your child from rookie rider to tricycle expert. Available in red or pink.

     child on red tricyclechild on pink tricycle


  • Classic style metal frame for lasting performance
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Large 12” front tire for a smooth ride
  • Comfort hand grips for added control
  • Streamers and ringing bell for added fun!
  • For ages 2 - 5 years


  1. Best Toddler Push Bike: 3-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike®

This versatile toddler push bike transforms from a toddler trike to classic tricycle. With a removeable push handle and safety ring, toddlers can enjoy being pushed or independently pedal. Available in red or pink.

     mother pushing child on tricyclechild pedaling on push tricycle


  • 3 ways to ride: steering trike, learn to ride trike and classic trike
  • Adult Steer & Stroll ® adjustable push handle
  • Seat belt and safety ring for added security
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Durable, quiet ride tires
  • Fun covered storage bin
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 18 months to 5 years old


  1. Best Classic Double-Deck Tricycle: Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle™

The One You Loved as a Kid®! This classic tricycle has iconic style and high quality construction that make it a timeless icon of childhood. Available in red or pink.

     child on pink tricyclechild on red dual deck tricycle


  • Steel construction and classic styling
  • Streamers and deluxe chrome bell
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Durable rubber tires
  • Stylish chrome handlebars and fender
  • Double-deck rear step for easy on and off
  • Spoked wheels
  • 12” front wheel
  • Controlled turning radius prevents tipping
  • A FUNomenal™ tricycle for ages 2 ½ to 5 years


  1. Best Folding Trike: Fold 2 Go®

Easily fold this kid’s training bike to store between seasons or seamlessly load it in the trunk for far away adventures. Plus, the adjustable seat grows with your child as they practice and grow. Available in red or pink.

     child on red folding tricyclechild on pink folding tricycle


  • Fully assembled for instant riding
  • Folds for portability and storage
  • Easy-to-carry handle grip on seat back
  • Safety latch keeps trike secure during riding
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Quiet ride wheels
  • Low center-of-gravity and controlled turning radius for stability
  • Streamers and covered storage bin
  • Perfect for children ages 1 ½ - 3 years


  1. Best Big Wheel Chopper Bike for Kids: Deluxe Big Flyer®

This big front wheel tricycle brings the fun with its sleek style that is always race ready. The chopper design has a low center of gravity and chrome handlebars with comfort grip to add to the cool racing design. The big wheel hugs to road to prevent slipping or spinning out during racing fun.

    child on chopper tricycle


  • Chopper-style 3-wheel tricycle with racing design
  • Large 16” performance-grip front wheel
  • Adjustable seat grows with your child
  • Chrome handlebars
  • Low-ride center of gravity for stability
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 3 to 7


Balance Bikes

  1. Best Balance Bike for Older Kids: Glide & Go Balance Bike®

This balance bike will make transitioning to a pedal bike a breeze! The adjustable seat grows with your child as they develop the necessary gross motor skills and balance for beginner riders. Available in grey, red, or pink.

     child on grey balance bike


  • Pedal-free beginner bike allows child to focus on balance
  • Adjustable grow-with-me seat
  • Traction Tread™ tires hug the road
  • Sturdy, light-weight steel frame for durability
  • Fun ringing bell
  • Great for kids 2½-5 years


  1. Best Balance Bike with Air Tires: Air Ride Balance Bike

This balance bike will help kids focus on balance while ensuring a smooth ride on the 12 inch rubber air tires. This is a steady and smooth ride for beginner bikers. Available in red or pink.

     child on red balance bike with air tires


  • Pedal-less bike allows kids to focus on balance
  • 12 inch rubber air tires for a smooth ride
  • Tool-free adjustable comfort seat grows with your child
  • Grip-tape footrest on frame for no-slip safety
  • Real ringing bell for added fun
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids between 18 months to 5 years old


Training Wheel Bike

  1. Best Bike with Removeable Training Wheels: Classic 12" Cruiser™

From a toddler bike with training wheels to a big kid pedal bike, this bike will grow with your child from beginner rider to neighborhood racer. Removeable training wheels and an adjustable seat ensure years of fun riding. Available in red or pink.

     girl riding pink bike with training wheels


  • Classic red styling - just like The One You Loved As A Kid®
  • 12” rubber tires for smooth riding
  • Removable training wheels
  • Easy-to-use coaster brake is perfect for little ones learning to ride
  • Adjustable padded bike seat grows with your child
  • Ringing bell for added fun
  • Suitable for toddlers and kids ages 3 to 7 years old


We hope this guide to the best toddler bikes and baby bikes helped answer a few questions as you pick the best ride for your child. Be sure to share your memories, like the first push or pedal, with us on social media @radioflyerinc.