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Keeping Kids Safe While Riding Bikes

Bicycle safety gear is of utmost importance when it comes to kids and cycling. By using the appropriate safety gear, children are less likely to be injured, which naturally makes a more joyful experience for both kiddo and parent.

Here are some essential safety items for young riders:


A properly fitted helmet is the single most important safety gear for a child riding a bike. It protects the head from potential injuries in case of falls or accidents. Make sure the helmet meets safety standards and fits snugly on the child's head. Also, keep in mind that a helmet should be replaced every 3-5 years (depending on usage) or after a crash (no matter how minor), whichever comes first.

At Epicenter Cycling, we carry a wide range of quality helmets for kids. We especially recommend helmets designed with MIPS and WaveCel technology. Additionally, Bontrager helmets offer a 1-year crash replacement guarantee.

Lights and Reflectors

Attach front and rear lights to the bike and ensure they are functional, particularly when riding in the dark. Additionally, use reflectors on the bike's pedals, wheels, and frame to enhance visibility from different angles.

We love the Bontrager Ion 100 R/Flare R City light as it’s small, easy to put on and take off the bike, rechargeable, bright and visible from up to 1KM away.

Bike Gloves

Kids’ bike gloves offer better grip on the handlebars and help protect the hands in case of falls. They also provide some cushioning to absorb vibrations and reduce fatigue.

Elbow and Knee Pads

Elbow and knee pads provide additional protection to vulnerable areas during falls. They help prevent scrapes, bruises, and fractures in case of impact.

Reflective Gear

Reflective clothing or accessories, such as vests, armbands, or ankle straps, are crucial for increasing visibility, especially during low-light conditions or when riding at dusk or dawn. They make it easier for motorists and pedestrians to spot a child cyclist.

Handlebar Bag

Well, this isn’t quite a safety item for the child, but it will certainly keep their treasures and goodies safe as they adventure around on two wheels! We suggest Bontrager and Electra handlebar bags which are simple to mount and come in an array of fun patterns.

Children should also be dressed in clothing suitable for riding a bike; for example, anything long and flowy can get caught up in moving parts and cause a spill. Also, be sure your child is wearing close-toed shoes — sandals and flip-flops are an injury waiting to happen.

Final Thoughts

Ensuring that children wear their safety gear and teaching them about proper road etiquette and traffic rules can significantly enhance their safety while cycling.

Plus, remember, setting a good example as an adult cyclist and supervising children's biking activities are also vital for promoting bicycle safety!