A bike is like a badge of honor for most kids, and once they kick the training wheels, it becomes the definition of freedom. Kids feel ownership over their bikes and customizing them has offered a sense of pride for bike owners since their inclusion into our everyday lives. So what are some of the best bike accessories to have?
You might ask how you even customize a kid’s bike, but the truth is that there are a lot of cool products out there! Here are some of our favorites which will make kids happy and add features you didn’t even think of, and often they have added safety benefits. Win-win!
What to look for when buying bike accessories
The best accessories for bikes are ones that have longevity and that are made from high-quality materials. They will be exposed to the elements (and to kids) so you want them to last! Take into account what their interests are and what their friends are into and look for accessories that complement these interests.
Below we have listed our favourite bike accessories for kids.
Shopping Guide: best accessories for bikes
LED Bike Lights
These things are so cool that I may want to put them on my bike. I can’t imagine a kid wouldn’t want to light up their tires with these multi-colored LED lights. Kids will love how they look, but parents love them too because it makes your child’s bike more visible to cars. Parents will also love that they only take a few minutes to install and are completely waterproof, so they don’t need to be replaced every time your kid rides through a puddle. One more defining feature that sets these lights apart from similar products is that they can attach to nearly any size wheel, which means that kids with tiny training wheels to those with full-sized mountain bikes can use from this product.
Spokester Bicycle Noise Maker
It used to be that kids would put baseball cards or clothespins in their spokes to make a satisfying clicking noise any time you rode. Baseball cards are not as popular as they once were, but using your spokes to make noise is still something that is cool for kids. For that reason, Spokester created a device that gets the job done and is a lot more durable than a baseball card. It installs in seconds with a simple snap-on design and fits most bicycle frames. This device comes in multiple colors, which helps it blend into the bike or stand out depending on how you want it to look. Not only does the clicking sound cool to a kid’s ear, it’s a great indication of where they are, which is an excellent safety feature.
A bike basket seems like such a little thing, but it opens up a world of possibilities for kids. A basket gives kids a hands-free option to carry their prized possessions from one place to another with ease and is one of the best accessories for bikes that have stood the test of time. These particular baskets are pretty sweet because they are easy to hook onto any set of handlebars, and the wicker style baskets are so cute. The same design makes them easy to remove and store if the need ever arises. These accessories add a little flair to the bike as well, and with multiple color options, you’re sure to find one your kids will like. My kids love to throw their stuffed animals in their baskets so they can bring them to the park to play.
Bike License Plate
I can’t begin to tell you how much I wanted something like this as a kid, but I never got one. This license plate for your bike offers the ultimate in customization with over 150 letters and numbers from which to choose. Like the other accessories on this list, one of the key features of this license plate is how easy it is to attach. One word of caution, do not put anything too identifying on these license plates because you never know who is going to be reading them.
Bike bells are one of the best accessories for bikes and another right of passage for young bike owners. They have been a staple on kids’ bikes for decades. While the technology hasn’t changed much, this item brings the bell into the 21st century with a translucent color that makes a statement while allowing your child to see how the bell works. It comes in multiple colors to suit the tastes of the discerning bike owner and fits most handlebar diameters. While they are not as much of a safety tool as the LED lights, bells do come in handy to let the people around you know exactly where you are. Though the parts of this particular bell are made of plastic and not metal, they are still fairly sturdy, and the plastic makes the bell lightweight and very transparent.
Any of these cool new gadgets would go great with the right kid’s bike. The good news is that almost all of these devices can fit on a bike at the same time, so your kid can seriously pimp his or her ride. What’s more, all of these items are relatively inexpensive, and the best part is that some of them even double as safety features. Any day you can make mom and kid happy at the same time is a good day.
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Samara Kamenecka is a VA specialized in SEO and writing, living in Madrid. When she’s not chained to her desk working, you can find her exploring the city with her boyfriend, their kids, and their dog. She blogs about everything from baby shower gifts to baby-led weaning over at www.tinyfry.com.