To make riding safer, comfortable and more fun, the purchase of the right vehicle and patiently improving under the watchful eye of the parent isn't enough. Your little cyclist is fully ready for adventure only when they're using bike accessories. Some of them are a must for safe riding, while others transform the bike into a practical vehicle for little treasure seekers on walks. Still others determine the aesthetics of a given model, transforming it into a personalised companion for your child's fun and adventures. Children's bike accessories are a small contribution resulting in a big change: they protect, improve and provide great fun.
The most important one is a protective helmet for your little one. Which one is the right one? Which features should it have to ensure safety in the event of a fall? We calculate, discuss and give you tips to make your choice easier!
Safe bike accessories
You don't have to convince anyone how important it is to ensure the safety of children learning to ride a bike. The first attempts are unavoidably also the first failures and falls. That's why a child helmet often makes the list of what parents are buying with the first bike.
Two wheels and everything else: accessories for a children's bike
Riding in a helmet is not mandatory from a legal point of view – there are no specific provisions for this. Despite this, in parks, playgrounds and bike trails, there are many children equipped with this extremely important element of a cyclist's kit. We definitely recommend this responsible approach. Riding in a helmet is a good habit and is common sense, and this is what the parent should be guided by when ensuring their little one's safety.
In addition to a helmet, your children's bike accessories should include a bell. It'll allow your youngster to learn to notify pedestrians and other cyclists about their presence on the pavement. It's good to explain to your child that although they can play with their bell from time to time, it also has a warning function. This lesson is the first stage of learning road traffic rules. Most of our balance bike and tricycle models come with a simple-to-use bell, which kids will love.
A handy solution can also be all types of baskets, pockets and bags that your little cyclist can affix to the handlebar or frame to transport their favourite toys, drink bottle or treasures they've found on your walk.
Which helmet should you choose?
Purchasing practical accessories and decorations is a matter of individual preference, but when deciding on a bike helmet for your child, you should check several important things. A good bike helmet should have:
- a hard outer shell – it should be lightweight but built from durable material that'll provide effective protection for your child's head in the event of a fall,
- a shock-absorbing inner layer – it'll reduce shocks caused by a fall,
- a certificate of compliance with standard EN 1078 and a CE certificate – these confirm that the helmet meets the requirements of the European directive on personal protective equipment,
- extensive adjustment options – offers the option of perfectly tailoring the diameter of the helmet to your child's head circumference and expanding it as they grow,
- anatomical structure – the helmet should not weigh a little cyclist down or limit their field of vision; good helmets are designed taking into account the anatomy of the child's skull.