Kids love riding bikes and we love gear so, we have picked out some of the best accessories REI has to help outfit your kids on their bikes. From the littlest on the balance bike to your big kid ripping down the mountain, this list has something for everyone.
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Best for Toddlers
Whether your tiny human is on a balance bike or riding along in a seat or trailer, they are going to need some accessories. Check out our favorite picks for our littlest riders:
This is a great first helmet for your little. Easy to adjust with MIPS protection, this helmet is great on a bike or in the Burley thanks to its flat back. XS fits 17.75-19.25 inches around and S fits 19.25-21 inches around.
Minishades are a favorite TMM Team pick when it comes to eye protection for the littles. With a price that won’t break the bank, polarized lenses and 100% UV protection, these are a winner with both parents and kids. Bonus: Manufacturer’s warranty covers scratched lenses, breakage and even loss! Minishades come in toddler and kid sizes.
Need to dress up an older bike or just add some personality, grab a pair of ribbon streamers. They easily attach to the end of the handle bars on a bike or scooter.
Best for Little Kids
If your little one is mastering their balance bike or starting on their first pedal bike, this gear will help them get where they are going!
The Tremor is a great helmet once you outgrow the Scamp. There are lots of vents for breathability, an easy adjust system, and a removable visor. It fits 50-57 cm head circumference and also includes an integrated Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS®), which can redirect energy and provide more protection during certain impacts, the latest technology in head protection.
Nutcase Little Nutty MIPS Helmet
If your kiddo is one who likes to regularly ride bikes and scooters or skateboards, then check out this “skater style” helmet. This helmet comes with MIPS protection and easy to use No-pinch Fidlock magnetic closure. Toddler size fits 48-52cm heads and youth size fits 52-56cm heads.
Osprey Moki 1.5 Hydration Pack
This small pack is great for little riders! They can have their water easily accessible, room to shed a layer and store a snack. The zippered reservoir sleeve comes with the Hydraulics LT 1.5-liter reservoir included. Additionally, the adjustable sternum strap helps perfect the fit and the mesh back panel helps keep the little shredders cool. It fits torsos with a length of 11-17 inches.
Although these are not biking specific pants, the Mountainmakers are a good choice for little kids biking. The cuffs have elastic in the back so they are not too loose at the bottom and the elastic waist with a drawstring ensure a good fit. Loose enough to fit a baselayer under, but not too loose where they will get caught. They also have reinforced knees, are quick to dry, and move easily for the active kiddos. Mountainmaker Boys & Mountainmaker Girls start as size XS (4-5).
This quick drying jersey will keep your little cool and looking stylish on the trail. The Livia has a quarter zip in the front and two pockets in the back. This jersey comes in youth sizes S, M, L.
These fingerless gloves are built for little hands. They have an adjustable wrist closure to get a good fit and have padding throughout the palm to keep your rider comfy. The gloves also have an absorbent fleece pad on the thumb to wipe away the inevitable runny nose and they are best for ages 4-10.
These lightweight pads are great for little riders. Maximum protection in a little package. The compression sleeves have silicone grips to keep the pads in place. Bonus: They are machine washable! They come in 2 sizes: Youth S/M and Youth L/XL. Check the size chart on G-Form to make sure you get the correct size. You can also check out G-Form elbow pads here.
Salsa Side Entry Water Bottle Cage
Youth bikes don’t always have enough room for a top loading water bottle cage, this side entry from Salsa solves the problem. It is perfect for small spaces! Not only does the 3/4 wrap keep your bottle secure, but it also can be flipped so you can switch it for right or left entry.
Biking shoes for little kids are hard to find/non-existent. If your little one is on pedals, you want something with a firm sole and grippy tred, therefore, I have found hiking shoes to be the best! The Terradoras have a bungee closure for a secure fit and good traction to help prevent pedal slips.
Best for Big Kids
As your kid starts to ramp up their biking ability, you might need some more bike specific gear. Check out some of our favorites below.
Five TEN Freerider VCS MTB Shoes
The Five TEN Freerider VCS shoe helps keep your kid’s foot on the pedal where it belongs. Rubber bottoms give the shoe great traction and a suede/synthetic mesh upper keep them breathable. Best paired with metal pin platform pedals. They come in sizes 13Y-3Y here, but seem to be available from 10.5Y-5Y if you do a little searching.
These stretchy shorts move with your kid as they tear down the mountain. Complete with a DWR finish and a moisture wicking waistband, you rider will be comfy all day. They have a removable liner with a dual-density chamois and a zippered pocket to keep the necessities secure. Comes in youth waist sizes 22-28in.
Fox Youth Ranger Drirelease Bike Jersey
The Fox Ranger MTB Jersey will keep your little ripper cool and comfy on warm days. It comes with TruDri™ polyester fabric that moves sweat away from the body and is available in youth sizes S-XL.
Bontrager Elite Water Bottle Cage
This lightweight but strong water bottle cage will keep your bottles secure from the trails to the streets. Choose from 4 color options to match your bike! Made of a durable nylon composite that is meant to last.
CamelBak Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle – 21 fl. oz.
Double wall insulation will keep your water chilled for hours. Squeeze bottle with a high flow rate to quench your thirst quickly. Designed to fit securely in bike cages and the lid comes apart for deep cleaning. Therefore, this is a favorite in our house!
Contained in its own little case, this multi-tool has 19 different tools to help with any trail/roadside repairs you might have. A must-have for any biker!
A durable pedal at an affordable price. This 101x110mm platform pedal is 18mm thick, has 8 pins per side, and weighs 360g per pair. Made of a durable nylon composite in 6 different colors and the hex pins are replaceable.
REI Co-op Junction Top Tube Bag
Keep essentials close by with the REI Top Tube bag. Roomy enough for a snack, phone, minipump, and tube. The 8.2 x 4 x 2.5 inch bag is coated with a DWR finish to help keep your things dry.
Cygolite Dash Pro 600 Front Bike Light
Light the way with this front bike light. 600 lumens max with 8 different modes helps you see and be seen. Water resistant and USB rechargeable.
PEARL iZUMi Cyclone Gel Bike Gloves
These gloves are perfect for those in-between weather days. Lightweight soft-shell material on the back helps protect from the elements and synthetic leather with gel padding finish out the palm. Touch screen compatible, soft nose wipe surface and a long wrist to keep out the elements. Men’s sizes S-XL (7.25″-11″ hand circumference) & Women’s sizes S-XL (6.5″-9.5″ hand circumference.)
Osprey Raven 10 Hydration Pack
Keep your water, gear, and snack organized with the Raven. A 10L pack with a 2.5L reservoir included. Fits torsos 14″-19″ long. Stretch mesh hipbelt pockets provide easy access for small items and a scratch-free zippered pocket holds your sunglasses and electronics. A shove-it pocket on the back for loose items and a LidLock bike helmet attachment stores your helmet between rides. This is a women’s pack, chosen for the smaller torso size. If you need a larger torso size, see the Men’s Raptor 10 which fits torsos 17″-21″ long.
Something for Everyone
This friendly little bike bell is a great addition to any bike. With many designs to choose from, you are sure to find one that fits your style. The lever is easy to push and it fits standard bike handlebars.
Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer
For the Moutainbikers and Road Bikers alike, this bike computer gives you all the details or your ride. You can track your ride, get turn-by-turn directions, and even get a bike alarm alert if your bike is moved when you are taking a pit-stop. MTB dynamics track jump count, jump distance and hang time as well as Grit and Flow.
Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Taillight
This little device is like eyes in the back of your head. Its more than just a taillight, it alerts you to motorists coming up behind you. Pair it with your compatible Garmin bike computer or watch and you get an alert on your screen and can “see” the vehicles approaching from behind. The taillight also blinks faster as vehicles approach.
The perfect kit to get you started: a small multi-tool, tire levers, an underseat bag, and a frame mount hand pump. The only thing missing is your bike and spare tubes to go in the bag with your tools.
Nite Ize SpokeLit Rechargeable Light
Increase your visibility or put them on just for fun. This light attaches easily to your spokes and is meant to withstand the elements. Choose your color or Disco mode to fit your style. Runs up to 6 hours on a single charge and it is backed by the NiteIze Worry-Free Guarantee.
Park Tool Bicycle Repair Stand
This stand helps hold your bike at your perfect hike for cleaning and repairs. Cam-actuated, micro-adjustable clamp allows for getting the bike in and out quickly. The stand can hold 1 to 3 in. diameter tubes and seat posts of any shape and material and folds up for storage. Bonus: Comes with a tool tray to keep your tools handy.
I hope you enjoyed out top picks, now, head to your local REI or rei.com and pick up some gear to hit the road or trail!
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