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The Best First Pedal Bike

Updated Dec 12, 2022
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If the walls are closing in on your and your kindergartener, maybe it’s time for their first pedal bike. After spending 30 hours evaluating 13 pedal bikes on pavement, dirt, and grassy hills, we’re judging the REI Co-op Cycles REV 16 Kids' Bike as the best first pedal bike for most kids. Lightweight and highly adjustable in size, it comes pretty much pre-assembled, with removable training wheels, a midrange price tag, and REI’s reputable customer service.

REI Co-op Cycles REV 16 Kids' Bike, a lightweight, uncomplicated pedal bike

REI Co-op Cycles REV 16 Kids' Bike

A lightweight, uncomplicated pedal bike
This solidly built aluminum-frame bike from a trusted outdoor retailer won testers (and their parents) over with its easy assembly, smooth ride (on and off pavement), and ability to grow with the rider.
We recommend
Raleigh Jazzi 16, better for pavement

Raleigh Jazzi 16

Better for pavement
Heavier and not as trail-friendly as our top pick, the aluminum Jazzi 16 nonetheless boasts child-friendly geometry and a low price. (A matching “boys version”—differentiated only by a higher top tube—is currently out of stock.)
Another good choice
Woom 3 16-Inch Pedal Bike, the kid equivalent of a sports car

Woom 3 16-Inch Pedal Bike

The kid equivalent of a sports car
Beautifully built and appointed, the Woom 3 is super-light, super-zippy, and chock-full of kid-friendly features—for a price.
A better upgrade

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