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Best Pedal Bike for Kids

Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Monday April 12, 2021
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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 Pedal Bike


Dynacraft Duzy Customs


Dynacraft Duzy Customs
Editors' Choice Award
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$159.99
at Amazon
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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 as 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 various sizes and five different colors. 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 that works well.

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

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Budget-Friendly Biking


Huffy Moto X


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

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Best for Longterm Quality


RoyalBaby Freestyle Bike


RoyalBaby Freestyle Bike
Top Pick Award
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$169.99
at Amazon
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Brake style: Coaster/Hand | Tire sizes: 12, 14, 16
Sturdy construction
Quality materials
Water bottle holder
Heavy

The RoyalBaby Freestyle pedal bike is a great option for parents thinking long term. This quality bike is put together nicely with impressive materials and attention to detail. It includes two brake styles, a water bottle, alert bell, and comes in a variety of bright, eye-catching colors. This bike is easy enough to put together, with a good majority of parts coming pre-assembled.

This bike is one of the heavier options in the group, so it might not be the first choice for petite riders. That said, a three-year-old tester managed to transition from a balance bike to this option with nary a hiccup. The print on in the user manual is oddly tiny, making reading the setup instructions harder than they need to be. Overall, we love this sturdy, well-constructed bike, and experience tells us it will last for years, making the slightly higher than average price worth the cost of admission.
The RoyalBaby has a lot of features that allow kids to grow with the...
The RoyalBaby has a lot of features that allow kids to grow with the bike and the quality means it will last longer than it will fit them so it is ready to pass on to another happy biker.
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Best for Sturdy Construction


TOMY John Deere


TOMY John Deere
Top Pick Award
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$114.19
(25% off)
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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 scratched before we ever rode it. Not a big deal, but it 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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

5

Most Nostalgic


JOYSTAR Vintage


JOYSTAR Vintage
Top Pick Award
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$145.99
at Amazon
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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. This light-colored bike was easily scuffed in our tests, and we suspect the basket won't stay attached very long. Overall, we think there are better bikes to be had, but if you 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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

6

Quality Pedal Bike


Schwinn Koen


Schwinn Koen
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$143.19
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Brake style: Coaster/Hand | Tire sizes: 12,14,16,18,20
Dual braking
Training wheels included
Parent handle
Loose seat
Stiff wheels and pedals

The Schwinn Koen is a steel frame bike with a parent holding handle on the seat. It comes in various wheel sizes for children of various heights, and it has included training wheels if your little one needs them. This bike has hand and coaster brakes so kids can switch or get more comfortable with a hand brake commonly found on more grown-up bikes.

The bike we purchased had a loose seat, and no amount of tightening solved the problem, which led to some seat shifting. It also has stiff pedals and wheels that prevent free-flowing rotation. This might cause more concern in an adult bike, but it could still be taxing for little ones to push harder all the time to gain forward momentum. Overall the Koen is a nice-looking bike and feels well constructed. However, the loose seat and hard-to-push pedals mean it may not be the best choice for everyone.

The stiff pedals and wheels made the Koen harder to use for little...
The stiff pedals and wheels made the Koen harder to use for little ones during testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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Most Basic Bike


JOYSTAR Totem


JOYSTAR Totem
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$150.00
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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 a 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 affect 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...
The Totem comes with a parent handle on the back of the seat to help steady uncertain little ones.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We bought and tested all the pedal bikes hands-on and side-by-side...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Our pedal bike review is led by Bob Wofford, Senior Review Analyst 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 friends. 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 decisions you'll be happy with. For this update, Abriah Wofford joins the team with assembly and testing analysis. Abriah has been with BabyGearLab since 2015.

The seat height on the Diamondback is only adjustable with a tool.
The Huffy is a fan favorite and fun for most children.
The RoyalBaby isn't hard to assemble, but it does have more parts...

Analysis and Test Results


We purchased and tested some of the best kids' pedal bikes on the market to find the right option for every need 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.
The instructions for Koen weren't as clear as they could be with...

Assembly


Each option requires some effort of assembly. Depending on your know-how or assembly savvy, this process can be anxiety-inducing or barely impacts 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 putting a bike together, this is the metric to pay attention to.

The Huffy comes with quick connect parts and is simple to assemble...
The Diamondback comes with the tools you need for assembly and is...

The quickest 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 that can be useful if you need to add or remove them while biking. The second easiest to set up 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...
The Tomy has some of the most complicated instructions, so we set it...

We 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...
The Huffy comes with a number plate, rubber handgrips, handbrake and more.
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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 come with training wheels, and some are even tool-free to add them to the bike. It's 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...
The Vintage comes with visible springs under the seat, but these...

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...
The rack on the back of the Tomy made it a big hit with our little testers.
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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 RoyalBaby FreeStyle includes training wheels, reflectors, water bottle holder, alert bell, chain cover, and parent handle on the back of the seat.

The Duzy comes with a handbrake, roller handlebar pad and more to...
The Duzy comes with a handbrake, roller handlebar pad and more to personalize your ride.
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Some bikes like the Duzy, RoyalBaby, and the Huffy have handbrakes and 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 back.

The Freestyle has a cool and useful water bottle holder to ensure...
The Freestyle has a cool and useful water bottle holder to ensure adequate hydration on longer rides.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 RoyalBaby, Huffy, and Tomy are the group's highest quality options, with the Duzy coming in right behind it.

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

Conclusion


Finding the best pedal bike for your child can help expand their world and increase their ability to join in on outdoor adventures using their own energy and skills. Learning to ride a bicycle is a time-honored tradition for many kids, making choosing the perfect first bike intimidating. Your little one might remember their first bike for years, making it an important purchase. We think there is a bike for almost every child in this lineup of cool competitors, and our test results can help you choose the right bike for your child so that you can enjoy new adventures together as soon as possible.

Wendy Schmitz