My daughter has turned 2, want to buy a bicycle for her. What are the things I should be looking at. From where to buy one?
Reasonable, sturdy and basic. 2 years ago
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Hi Dr. Surbhi,
2 is a wonderful age - but puts you in a bit of a dilemma.
Because your daughter would have passed the age of tri-cycles and push carts or walkers.
She would be curious and would want to explore the world herself.
Any bi-cycle that you buy now will last typically upto 5 years of age. Beyond which you will need something bigger and more practical.
Cycles that are availabel for this age group - are typically either BSA / Hero or - of unknown origin (read chinese).
They usually feature adjustable seats and handle bar - which ensures it is good for the next 3 years or so when she will grow quickly. But the length of these adjustments is not good enough to go beyond that height.
The tyres are usually tubeless and solid - which is a good thing - especially at this age - avoid frequenthand pump exercises or visits to the nearest filling station. Do try and look for good quality rubber here than PVC or vinyl wheels. You will find them in a vareity of colours.
Add ons like baskets, bottle holders, tassles, mirrors with flowers on them - sky is the limit.
Ofcourse - side wheels - they will all come with side wheels which can be removed later.
Bicycles made for this age group typically come with a 2 part seat - 1 that serves as the base & 1 for back support. (biger bicycles loose out on the back support). You may also find some variants with both sides arm rest and / or a strap.
Avoid the cycles that come with a foot rest - you would want to encourage your child to continue to pedal and not just sit back while you push.
You can have a look at the BSA range here.
Price range is usually Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3500.
Some well know shops with good variety:
Kalbadevi (quite a few shops in the same vicinity - don't hesitate to compare and bargain)
Happy riding and wishing you both many fun times.