Best Big Wheels for Kids to Travel Around in Style

You know that feeling your husband gets when he sees an awesome motorbike while you’re out and about? That buzz of excitement and drive that makes him say ‘ooh, I want that.’ And then he spends the rest of the day talking about it and imagining himself getting one?

Well, that’s a feeling that isn’t new. In fact, many children have the need for speed at a young age. I mean, we all have it deep down. Children love big fast cars just as much as anybody else.

Fortunately, the big wheel toys meant for children are a lot more eco-friendly, and a lot more beneficial to your kids than their adult counterparts.

Best Big Wheels to Make Your Children Gasp in Excitement

Obviously, you’re not going to go out and buy your child a brand-new Harley Davidson. However, I’m here to show you the next best thing. Here are five of my favorite big wheel toys that your kids are going to love.

1. The Original Big Wheel 48727 Tricycle

This is one big wheel big that is exactly what it says it is: the Original Big Wheel bike. This awesome bike comes with an incredible 16 inch wheel that’s more than enough for your children to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

What I really love about this bike is the three different seating settings that it has. When we first had the Big Wheel, my children were quite small, but as they grew, we were easily able to adjust the seat so they could sit comfortably.

The bike is incredibly easy to use and is simple to operate using the pedals found on the front wheel. Also, the bike holds children up to a maximum weight of 70 pounds. What more could you need?​

What's Great About It: The best thing about this bike is the quality, hands down. The Original Big Wheel Company has been in the industry since the 1960’s and is backed by over five decades worth of experience. From the moment you get your new big wheel through the door, you can just tell that this is a trike that will last.

2. Fisher-Price Barbie Lights & Sounds Trike

There are a lot of big wheel bikes out there for our children to love. However, this doesn’t mean your daughters can’t enjoy them as well. We all know that many gender neutral colors, such as black and red, are common with bikes. Why not treat your little girl to a pink bike of her own?

And when it comes to girl bikes, my daughter loved nothing more than the Fisher-Price Barbie bike. As the name suggests, the bike is a stunning pink color that’s covered with Barbie graphics that helps this bike to stand out from the crowd.

What’s more, Fisher-Price has covered everything. Durable tires, check. High grip and easy to use handle bar? Check. Patented slip-resistant peddles, check. This bike really does have it all.

There’s even a ton of built-in Barbie related sound effects to make this one of the most entertaining bikes around.

What's Great About It: So you don’t have to keep paying out for a bike, this one comes with a ‘grow-with-me’ seat. This is easily adjustable, and as your child gets bigger, you can simply make the seat larger. This makes sure that your daughter is comfortable, no matter how old she is.

3. Razor FlashRider 360

I love everything about this big wheeler and, as it turns out, so does the rest of the world. This multiple award-winning big wheel bike is unique and extremely entertaining, for both kids and parents to watch.

Let’s start with the most obvious features - the Spark Bar. On this bike, there’s a set of wheels which turn the alternate way to the rest. This means your child can spin into fast 360° turns with minimal effort. Once in a 360°, your child can pull up the Spark Bar for a display of sparks that fly out of the back.

It’s honestly a showstopper, and it’s definitely a great way to lighten up the evenings. In terms of the quality of the rest of the bike, the framework is made from high-quality, insanely durable aluminum metal.

The front tire is completely impossible to burst. All of this makes sure that this is one big wheel bike that will last for many years.

The only downside to this bike is the lack of an adjustable seat, but the bike will easily fit your child from the age of six and above.

What's Great About It: This entire bike is built with quality in mind. All of the joints are professionally welded, and the wheel itself is joined to the bike using a superior dual fork design. This gives your child full control over the bike, no matter where or when they’re riding it.

​4. The Original Big Wheel (Frozen)

Similar to my favorite big wheel bike at the start of my list, this is a bike that’s designed for the ladies of the house. This awesome bike features an enormous 16 inch wheel at the front that’s both durable and grips to any surface that your children are riding over.

As you would expect from the Original Big Wheel Company, there’s a three-point adjustable seat. This means your children can start using the bike when they are younger and it will grow with them as they get older.

What's Great About It: As the title suggests, this is a bike that your daughters are going to love. This version of the bike comes in a gorgeous aqua-turquoise color and is covered in graphics from the Disney Frozen franchise, making sure this bike will become one of your daughter’s most prized possessions.

​5. Radio Flyer 474 Big Flyer

Now for something a little more cutting edge. The Radio Flyer is an outstanding tricycle designed with a unique racing theme. At the front, you’ll find a large 16 inch wheel with a unique performance-enhancing grip.

This stops the bike from spinning out while traveling at high speeds, perfect for kids who want to show off their speed. Also, both the seat and the handlebars are completely adjustable.

This means that you can get your children learning how to ride their bike during their younger years, but they’ll still be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

The seat itself is positioned low to the ground, creating a low center of gravity. This helps the bike to stay stable when zipping around corners and always makes for an exciting experience.​

What's Great About It: So much attention has been placed on the details of this bike. The chrome handlebars create a sleek and professional finish while the paint work is made to look fresh, sharp and exactly what your children will want.

Why Big Wheel Bikes Are an Essential Toy That Your Children Need

What’s great about these bikes is that they aren’t just all about the fun. In fact, there’s an absolute heap of other beneficial features that your children will be able to enjoy by getting them a big wheel bike.

Learning to Ride a Bike

The most obvious benefit that a big wheel bike has is teaching your children how to ride a bike. Some children, especially my youngest, found an adult bike far too intimating to learn straight away.

However, using a big wheel bike allowed him to learn the basics, especially when it came to movement and learning how to speed up and slow down.

Developing Independence

Children love to be independent. When they reach this age, it’s important for them to remember that they are not just part of mom and dad, but they’re their own person. A big wheel bike is a perfect way to encourage and nurture these feelings, a trait that will benefit them throughout their lifetime.

Improves Balance

There are not many toys out there that can proactively help children to improve their balance. However, a big wheel bike is one of them.

Because these bikes come with three wheels, there’s enough stability for children to remain balanced. However, there’s still enough leeway for children to practice balancing themselves. This is very important when your kids are flying around corners at speed.

Increase Confidence

Imagine if you were 4 years old again and were going on a big wheel bike for the first time. To us adults, it may seem like nothing, but for a child, it can be a scary and exhilarating experience.

Let your child practice getting onto the bike and using it in their own time. This will help to build inner confidence in themselves, yet another trait that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.​

Conclusion

As you can see, big wheel bikes are fun, entertaining and extremely beneficial for your children’s development. By taking the time to pick the right bike for your child, you can make sure that you’re choosing one that they’re going to love. This gives them a toy that they’ll use for many years to come.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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