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Best Kids Pedal Bike of 2020

By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday July 22, 2020
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Searching for the perfect kid's pedal bike to enjoy the great outdoors? We research and purchased 6 of the top pedal bikes for kids in this roundup for testing. We tested each bike for ease of assembly, quality, features, and more to find the right bike for every tyke. If you've been wondering which bike is right for your little one, our hands-on, side-by-side testing process can give you the information you need to find the best bike for your needs and wallet.

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Best Overall Kid's Pedal Bike


Diamondback Venom


Editors' Choice Award
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$120.00
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Brake style: Coaster | Tire sizes: 12
Better quality
Training wheels
Included mud guard
Seat is not quick release
Coaster brakes only

The Diamondback Venom is a cool looking kids' pedal bike that comes with training wheels and a mud guard/fender, the only guard in the group. It is a eye-catching color and feels and looks higher quality than the competitors in our review. This bike has rubber handgrips, dense plastic rims, and knobby tires for good traction.

This bike's seat is not quick release, so making height adjustments on the fly will be difficult. It also only sports coaster wheels, which isn't a deal-breaker to us, but if you are hoping to get your child used to handbrakes, this isn't the bike for you. Overall, we think this is the best quality bike in the review and it feels like it will last through multiple children or make a great hand-me-down.

The Diamondback bike is a good all-around option that is higher quality and has the features most kids need to get pedaling.
The Diamondback bike is a good all-around option that is higher quality and has the features most kids need to get pedaling.

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Budget-Friendly Biking


Huffy Moto X


Best Value Award
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$122.99
at Amazon
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Brake style: Coaster/Hand | Tire sizes: 12,14,16,18
Cool BMX styling
Quick connect parts
Number plate not for everyone

The Huffy Moto X is a nostalgic throwback bike you'll likely remember from your youth. This cool looking bike comes complete with training wheels, wire-spoke wheels, number plate, folding pedals, rubber handgrips, and two types of brakes. It has quick connect parts, and is one of the lightest in the group.

There isn't much to dislike about this bike and compared to the competition, it fared well. We imagine some kids won't like the number plate, but this accessory is optional and easy to skip. We think this is a good option for parents on a budget or looking for something with a handbrake for prepping for future bikes.

Some parents might remember the look and feel of this Huffy  which is much like the Huffy from a bygone era with BMX styling.
Some parents might remember the look and feel of this Huffy, which is much like the Huffy from a bygone era with BMX styling.

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Best for Sturdy Construction


TOMY John Deere


Top Pick Award
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$153.00
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Brake style: Coaster | Tire sizes: 12
Sturdy construction
Rear storage rack
Heavier
Poor instructions & packaging

The TOMY John Deere is brightly colored in green and yellow and includes training wheels and a rear rack for strapping adventure supplies. This kids' pedal bike was a tester favorite and is sturdy enough that it felt like it could carry two kids. The Tomy has spoke wheels and rubber handgrips.

This bike came poorly packaged with parts somewhat floating around in the box. This meant the final product was already sratched before it was ever ridden. Not a big deal, but could be a bummer if you buy the bike as a gift. Also, the instructions are so badly written we tossed ours aside and built it without them. Assembly isn't too hard, considering we winged it, but still disappointing. Overall, this bike was a tester favorite and we think it is a good option for parents who love John Deere or are looking for a bike with a rack.

The Tomy John Deere is a sturdy  long-lasting kids pedal bike.
The Tomy John Deere is a sturdy, long-lasting kids pedal bike.

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Most Nostalgic


JOYSTAR Vintage


Top Pick Award
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$109.99
(8% off)
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Brake style: Coaster | Tire sizes: 12,14,16
Cool look
Attached basket
Subpar quality
Scuffs easily
Heavier

If you're looking to reminisce about the 50s, then the JOYSTAR Vintage is the kids' pedal bike for you. This white and tan bike has under seat springs and a front basket that will have you seeing peddle pushers and poodle skirts. It comes with included training wheels, faux leather grips, and spoked wheels.

This bike is one of the heaviest in the review and the quality is only so-so. The weld points have visible holes in them and some of the parts are literally rough around the edges. In our tests, this light colored bike easily scuffed, and we suspect the basket won't stay attached very long. Overall, we think there are better bikes to be had, but if you simply can't resist the cool nostalgic feel, this bike works well and will likely last as long as your child is the right size to ride it.

The Vintage has a nostalgic feel and looks cool.
The Vintage has a nostalgic feel and looks cool.

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Most Basic Bike


JOYSTAR Totem


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$129.99
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Brake style: Coaster | Tire sizes: 12,14,16,18
Multiple accessories
Less expensive
Poor quality
Expensive for what you get

The JOYSTAR Totem is a basic kids' pedal bike with lot of accessories compared to the competition. This less expensive bike includes stickers for naming your bike, a bell for alerting others you're on the path, training wheels, and reflectors. This bike is available in multiple sizes and has spoke wheels.

The Totem is heavier than much of the competition and it lacks the level of quality we saw in some of the other contenders. With holes in the weld points and rough edges on some parts, it has an unfinished, cheaper feel. That aside, this bike will get your little one from A to B without a hiccup and the quality doesn't seem to effect the overall functionality. However, there are better bikes to be had with similar price tags.

The Totem comes with a parent handle on the back of the seat to help steady uncertain little ones.
The Totem comes with a parent handle on the back of the seat to help steady uncertain little ones.

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Cool but Currently Unavailable


Dynacraft Duzy Customs


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$129.99
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Brake style: Coaster/Hand | Tire sizes: 12,14,16,18
Dual brake option
Folding pedals
Stiff forks
Wheels don't spin freely

The Duzy Customs has dual brake styles and comes with a parent handle to help little ones stay upright. It has folding pedals for storage and comes with spoke wheels in a variety of different sizes. It features rubber handgrips and a roller pad on the handlebar.

This bike has stiffer forks than the competition and the wheels didn't spin as freely as we'd like. However, it is a child's bike and we suspect kids won't notice the difference in performance. Overall, it is a flashy and cool looking bike kids are drawn to.

The Duzy Custom is a higher-quality bike than some of the competition with fun accessories for kids.
The Duzy Custom is a higher-quality bike than some of the competition with fun accessories for kids.

We bought and tested all the pedal bikes hands-on and side-by-side with real kids to find the best options in the bunch.
We bought and tested all the pedal bikes hands-on and side-by-side with real kids to find the best options in the bunch.

Why You Should Trust Us


Our pedal bike review is led by Bob Wofford, Senior Review Anlyst and father of 7. Bob spends a lot of time outdoors and on his bike commuting to work when the weather permits in the great mountains of Colorado. Bob has led our other bike related reviews and has assembled almost every product that has come through the BabyGearLab doors over the last 8 years. The team also includes Wendy Schmitz, Senior Review Editor and mother of 2 bike riding fiends. Wendy reviewed and assessed Bob's testing results to help determine bike ranking and award winners. Each bike was tested side-by-side with the competition for ease of assembly, features, quality and more to help you make buying decision you'll be happy with.

The seat height on the Diamondback is only adjustable with a tool.
The Huffy is a fan favorite and fun for most children.

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased and tests some of the best kids pedal bikes in the business to find the right fit for every goal and budget.

The Joystar Vintage has a lot of parts and took 18:27 to assemble.
The Totem took about 15:30 minutes to assemble.

Assembly


Every bike requires some level of assembly. Depending on your knowhow or building savvy, this experience can be something that causes anxiety or barely registers in your buying decision. We respect that not all parents want to assemble a bike, and this is where our experience putting these bikes together can come in handy. If you're worried about bike setup, this is the section for you!

The Huffy comes with quick connect parts and is simple to assemble taking just under 6 minutes in our tests.
The Diamondback comes with the tools you need for assembly and is relatively simple with much of the hard work already done.

The fastest assembly time is about eight and a half minutes for the Huffy. This bike has what the company calls quick connect parts and they are right. The instructions are only average and they miss a step where you need to remove a plastic part included for shipping, but it quickly becomes clear it can't work with the plastic in place. Putting on the training wheels is a tool free operation which can be useful if you need to add or remove them while biking. The second easiest to setup is the Tomy John Deere. This simple bike has terrible instructions, but there are only a few parts and it is somewhat intuitive to put together.

The Duzy Custom needed a little modifying in the brake line department to work.
The Tomy has some of the most complicated instructions  so we set it aside and went by instinct instead.

We do acknowledge that we know a thing or two about assembly, but it still feels like something most parents can handle. The hardest to assemble is the Duzy Custom. The Duzy is a little intense for a kids bike and we had to adjust the brake cable length on the front brakes to make it work. The front tire is the hardest part because you have to take the brakes apart to get the tire to fit through. We also had trouble with one of the handlebar bolts stripping while hand tightening.

The Huffy comes with a number plate  rubber handgrips  handbrake and more.
The Huffy comes with a number plate, rubber handgrips, handbrake and more.

Features and Quality


Many of the bikes come with additional features. Few of these features impact overall performance or a child's ability to use the bike, but they definitely appeal to kids on different levels. All comes with training wheels and some are even tool free to add them to the bike. Its the unique features that set each bike apart, like the Huffy number plate and rubber grips, or folding pedals.

The Vintage comes with a basket on the front for carrying all your treasures.
The Vintage comes with visible springs under the seat  but these springs are largely for looks and don't provide any flex.

Other standouts include the Joystar Vintage, with the seat springs and front basket. Both look cool, but the springs are for looks only and the basket may not last long in its front placement before falling or being taken off.

The rack on the back of the Tomy made it a big hit with our little testers.
The rack on the back of the Tomy made it a big hit with our little testers.

The Tomy John Deere has a rear storage rack suitable for strapping all kinds of treasures and supplies and our testers loved the idea of pondering what they might place there. Even if it is just giving a ride to a favored stuffed toy, we can see how this rack will get a lot of use.

The Duzy comes with a handbrake  roller handlebar pad and more to personalize your ride.
The Duzy comes with a handbrake, roller handlebar pad and more to personalize your ride.

Some of the bikes like the Duzy and the Huffy have handbrakes in additional to coaster style brakes, which can be useful for prepping kids for more grownup bikes. And the Totem comes with a handlebar alert bell, naming stickers, and reflectors. It also features a parent handle on the seat back.

Don't be fooled into thinking accessories make a product better or higher quality. Unfortunately, in this review, it seems to mean the opposite. Both Joystar bikes have multiple accessories, but they are also the lowest quality options compared to the competition. While their quality is unlikely to impact everyday use, we suspect parents might find them disappointing given their prices. The Diamondback is one of the highest quality options in the group with the Huffy and Tomy coming in right behind it.

Finding a great pedal bike will have you enjoying adventures with your child sooner than you think.
Finding a great pedal bike will have you enjoying adventures with your child sooner than you think.

Conclusion


Finding a great pedal bike for your growing child expands their world and gives them the power to join more adventures under their own steam. Learning to ride a bike is a time-honored right of passage for many and finding the perfect first bike can be daunting. Your little one could potentially remember this bike for decades to come, making it an essential purchase for many families. We think there is an option for just about every child in this lineup of cool choices and our details can have you selecting a bike quickly, so you can enjoy new adventures together as soon as possible.

Wendy Schmitz