Bike-riding is a great way to help kids hone their balance, build core strength while getting fresh air, and (if you join them!) spend quality time with Mom and Dad. It’s also just plain fun. There’s no better time than springtime to get your budding cyclists out there, so whether you’ve got a toddler who just wants a ride or a big kid who’s ready to ditch the training wheels, here are our picks for the best bikes for kids right now.

For Wee Riders: The SmarTrike

If your little mover wants a more active role in your round-the-block strolling, the SmarTrike might be the way to go. Designed for budding bikers ages six months to three years, this luxe three-wheeler starts as a stroller (the most recently-released "Dazzle" even reclines!) and ends as a standalone trike.

The trike's innovative parent handlebar is easy to maneuver—even with one hand. It also has a large storage bag, a protective canopy, over-the-shoulder safety belts, and a cup-holder.

Best for: Kids ages 10 months to 36 months.

Cost: $44.97-$159.99

photo: SmarTrike via Facebook

What’s your kid’s favorite way to ride? Tell us about it in a Comment.


Editor’s Note: Whatever bike you buy, follow these guidelines for finding the right bike size for your little cyclist.

— Melissa Heckscher