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7 Best Girls Bikes (Big Girl and Little Girl Bikes) – 2019

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Shopping for a bike for your daughter or granddaughter? It can be difficult to know where to start.

There are a plethora of girls bikes on the market, and the bad news is that most of them are junk. Seriously. All those bikes at Walmart with the streamers and Disney princesses are heavy, cheaply made, and difficult to ride.

If you want your child to have a great experience riding bikes, pick a good girls bike instead. All of the bikes on this list are lightweight, durable, and intelligently designed to help girls learn to ride and continue developing their skills.

In this article, we’ll help you decide whether your daughter needs a balance bike or pedal bike, which girls bikes are best, which size bike your child needs, and things you should consider before buying a bike.


But First, Do You Need to Buy a “Girls” Bike?

Kids bikes are kids bikes are kids bikes…..Many bike brands market “girls bikes” or “boys bikes” but there is absolutely no difference for kids this age. If your daughter (or granddaughter) wants a “boys” bike, there is no reason she shouldn’t have it.

That said, there are plenty of girly girls out there (myself included) who want a GIRLY bike. They want a bike that is pink or purple. They want streamers or a basket or a doll baby bike seat. I get it.

For all the girls who like pink (like me), we’ve included a list of girly girls bikes for every age. We’ve also included a round-up of girls bike accessories, so if your daughter wants streamers or a basket, you can make sure she gets them.


Balance Bikes vs Pedal Bikes

We’ve tried to include every age group on this list (little girls AND big girls) alike. Therefore, you’ll notice a mix of balance bikes and pedal bikes.

If you have a 10-year-old, it’s obvious that they need a pedal bike. But this might not be so obvious for a 3-year-old for instance.

gomo balance bike in action

We STRONGLY recommend sticking with a balance bike (a “scoot” bike that doesn’t have pedals) until your daughter has mastered gliding and balance. Rather than buying a pedal bike with training wheels, we believe you should start your kiddo on a balance bike and only get them a pedal bike once they are truly ready.

For more information on why we don’t recommend training wheels, read this article: 7 Things You Need To Know About Training Wheels.


Criteria to Make The List

In order to be listed here, we considered a few things that we think are key for girls:

  • Is the bike lightweight? Girls tend to be more petite and weigh less than their male counterparts. Bike weight is key to them having fun.
  • Does it come in feminine colors? We know lots of girls that specifically want a pink or purple bike.
  • Does it inspire confidence? We want girls to feel confident and empowered on a bike, not timid! Things like a low standover height, geometry that creates stability, and an upright riding position help inspire confidence.
  • Is it safe? Durable? Fast? We don’t want you to waste your money on a bike that is going to fall apart quickly or cause your child to get hurt. The bikes on this list aren’t cheap, but they are high quality. If you have multiple kids, you’ll be able to hand them down.

The Best Girls Bike BRANDS

In general, the best way to shop for girls bikes is by brand. Regardless of which size bike you need, these brands are well known for providing high-quality bikes that also happen to be pretty.

BrandWhat We Love
1Woom Ultra-lightweight, intelligently designed
2Prevelo Great customer service, custom-designed components
3ClearyDurable steel frames, beautiful, bright paint
4Pello Brand-name components, kid-specific geometry
5Frog Huge offering, variety of colors/designs
6Guardian Emphasis on safety, affordable options
7PriorityMaintenance-free design, belt drive

Woom Bikes

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Woom makes fantastic kids bikes. In fact, they are our FAVORITE kids bikes. And their gender-neutral colors make them a great choice for girls.

Why do we love Woom bikes so much? First off, they are incredibly lightweight. You won’t find another kids bike brand that makes lighter bikes. Considering the girls tend to be more petite and weigh less than their male counterparts, this is particularly important.

They also have a low standover height and upright geometry which helps inspire confidence–this is another area where girls often need a little help.

Woom offers all kinds of fun accessories to match their bikes, including helmets, gloves, and more.

Woom Girls Bikes Line Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Woom 112″ Balance Bike$199
Woom 1 Plus14″ Balance Bike$269Read: Woom 1 Plus Review
Woom 214″ Pedal Bike$359Read: Woom 2 Review
Woom 316″ Pedal Bike$389Read: Woom 3 Review
Woom 420″ Pedal Bike$479Read: Woom 4 Review
Woom 524″ Pedal Bike$499
Woom 626″ Pedal Bike$529

Prevelo

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For a long time, Prevelo only offered silver bikes, but now they’ve added purple to the line-up too!

These bikes have everything we look for in a kids bike: dual handbrakes (with no coaster), high-quality components, lightweight build, and child-appropriate geometry. The company also offers superior customer service, which puts them on high on our list of bikes that we’re willing to recommend.

Like Woom, Prevelo also offers a trade-up program that can help make your initial investment a little less painful.

Prevelo Girls Bike Line Up

BikeSize/TypePrice (MSRP)Reviews
Prevelo Alpha Zero12″ balance bike$199
Prevelo Alpha One14″ pedal bike$359
Prevelo Alpha Two16″ pedal bike$369Read: Prevelo Alpha Two Review
Prevelo Alpha Three20″ pedal bike$499Read: Prevelo Alpha Three Review
Prevelo Alpha Four24″ pedal bike$499

Cleary

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Cleary makes our very favorite first pedal bike for the tiniest riders–the Cleary Gecko. This super small 12″ bike fit little girls as young as 2.5 years old.

Of course, if you are looking for an older girl, Cleary offers plenty of options as well. We like that their frames are made of high-quality steel (not aluminum) that are durable and will last for years. The steel frames are powder coated with bright beautiful paint, and their saddles are faux-leather. All around, beautiful bikes.

Cleary Girls Bike Line-Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Cleary Gecko12″ pedal bike$310 Read: Cleary Gecko Review
Cleary Hedgehog16″ pedal bike$375Read: Cleary Hedgehog Review
Cleary Owl20″ pedal bike$425
Cleary Meerkat24″ pedal bike$594

Pello

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All the Pello bikes are well suited for multi-terrain conditions. If your child wants to ride on pavement, dirt, gravel, gras, whatever–these bikes are a good choice. All sizes have beefy brand-name Kenda tires, while the larger bikes come with disc brakes. Disc brakes are great for riding in wet or dirty conditions and provide far better stopping power than traditional v-brakes (rim brakes).

We also like the bright pink paint scheme that looks even better in person. We can also attest to its durability. Over several years of testing Pello Bikes, they’ve all held up spectacularly.

Pello Girls Bikes Line Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Pello Ripple12″ balance bike$198
Pello Romper14″ pedal bike$219Read: Pello Romper Review
Pello Revo16″ pedal bike$349
Pello Reddi20″ pedal bike$399Read: Pello Reddi Review
Pello Rover20″ pedal bike$499Read: Pello Rover Review
Pello Reyes24″ pedal bike$599

Frog

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Whatever your daughter’s favorite color, you are sure to find a Frog bike to suit. These beautiful little bikes come in a wide array of fun colors and designs.

Fortunately, these bikes don’t just look good, they are well designed also. Expect to find child-appropriate geometry, custom-made components, dual handbrakes, sealed bearings, and more.

Frog Girls Bike Line Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Frog Tadpole Mini10″ balance bike$210
Frog Tadpole12″ balance bike$215
Frog Tadpole Plus14″ balance bike$260
Frog 4014″ pedal bike$360
Frog 4816″ pedal bike$395Read: Frog 48 Review
Frog 52/ Frog 5520″ pedal bike$510/$520
Frog 6224″ pedal bike$550

Guardian

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Guardian is known for making safe bikes. Thanks to their proprietary SureStop braking system, your child is less likely to have an over-the-handlebars accident. The system uses one brake lever to provide appropriate braking power to both the front and rear wheel.

We especially like this for timid girls and those that have struggled to learn to use brakes in the past.

The Guardian bikes come in two different versions–Original and Ethos. While the Ethos bikes are built with nicer parts and are lighter, the Ethos version is a great option for parents on a budget.

Guardian Girls Bikes Line Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Guardian Orginal 1616″ pedal bike$359Read: Guardian Original 16 Review
Guardian Ethos 1616″ pedal bike$259Read: Guardian Ethos 16 Review
Guardian Original 20 Small20″ pedal bike$379
Guardian Ethos 20 Small20″ pedal bike$279
Guardian Original 20 Large20″ pedal bike$379+Read: Guardian Original 20 Review
Guardian Ethos 20 Large20″ pedal bike$319
Guardian Original 2424″ pedal bike$439Read: Guardian Original 24 Review
Guardian Ethos 2424″ pedal bike$339

Priority

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Priority Bikes are ideal for parents who don’t want to spend a lot of time on bike maintenance. Rather than a traditional chain (which can rust), the Priority bikes have a belt drive (which won’t). You don’t have to mess with lubing a chain, or even adjusting a derraileur. The 20″ and 24″ bikes come with an internally geared hub rather than a rear cassette and derraileur.

All of this means that these are great bikes for leaving outdoors on the school bike rack, riding in rain, or cruising at the beach.

Priority Girls Bikes Line Up

BikeSize/Bike TypePrice (MSRP)Review
Priority Start 1616″ pedal bike$319
Priority Start 2020″ pedal bike$369Read: Priority Start 20 Review
Priority Start 2424″ pedal bike$399

How To Choose a Bike for Your Child

Size

The first step when shopping for a bike is to figure out what size your child needs.  While we’ve included a general age-range for each size bike below, each child (and each bike) is a little different.  The best way to determine which size bike your child needs is to measure their inseam and compare it to the minimum seat height of the specific bike you are considering.

Kids Bike Sizes

Weight

The next thing to look for is the bike’s weight.  After making sure a bike is the right size for your child, the single most important thing is how much it weighs.  This is doubly important for girls who tend to be more petite and less muscular than boys in the same age range. 

Unfortunately, weight and price generally go hand-in-hand: the less a bike weighs, the more it costs.  For this reason, we recommend buying the lightest bike you can afford.

Training Wheels, Brakes, Gears, And More

Other slightly less important things you will want to think about before buying a bike are whether or not you want training wheels, whether or not you want a coaster brake, if your child is read for a bike with gears. 

We go into all these topics in more detail in our guide to choosing a kids bike.  


Girls Bike Accessories

These accessories are great to add even more fun to one of the bikes listed above OR to add a feminine touch to a less-than-girly bike.

Ride Along Dolly Doll Bike Seat

dolly bike seat

Little girls who have seen mommy biking with a baby seat will love having their own seat for their baby doll.  This one fits American Girls dolls–as well as pretty much any dolly or stuffed animal you can throw at it.

Mirrycle Incredibell

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The Incredibell is one of our favorite bicycle bells for young children.  (My son could use it at 2 years old).  It makes a nice (not annoying) ring, and kids can watch the gears move inside the bell as they turn it.

WINOMO Bike Streamers

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Streamers are a cheap and easy way to add color to a bike.  Little kids also love them, and they make a great stocking stuffer or Easter basket filler.

Biria Basket

Woven bike baskets break easily, which is why we like this wire mesh basket instead. It comes in several fun colors, is easy to take on and off teh bike, and will last for years.

Girls Bike Picks By Size

If you already know which size bike your daughter needs, one of these girls bike by size guides will help you.

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2 thoughts on “7 Best Girls Bikes (Big Girl and Little Girl Bikes) – 2019”

  1. We have that bell in purple! Even I love how you can see inside of it. And, streamers! What kid doesn’t love streamers on their bike? I’m all for girly bikes, so long as it means more girls/women on bikes.

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