Children’s Bicycle Test (2022) | do you

A children’s bike should be easy, safe to use and inexpensive to buy. Testing of twelve 20-inch children’s bikes, conducted by ADAC in collaboration with Stiftung Warentest, showed that there was still room for improvement in terms of price, safety and weight.

  • Five kids bikes with ADAC ruling as ‘weak’

  • Many test candidates are contaminated with pollutants

  • Only three bikes have an ADAC rating of ‘good’

  • The cheapest children’s bike is among the top 3

Finally, drive to the sports field or to school by yourself: for Children of primary school age The private bike plays an important role. Together with Stiftung Warentest, ADAC has twelve children’s bikes in categories to treatAnd RidingAnd suitable for babyAnd Safety And durability Like pollutants been tested. Realistic result: Five of the candidates failed with a “poor” grade.

Test winner with some weaknesses

Low entry, lightweight and only three gears: Puky Skyride test winner © ADAC / Ralph Wagner

This takes first place in the comparison of 20 inch wheels Bucky Skyrid 203 Hello Light. The children’s bike, weighing just under twelve kilograms, withstood all the stress tests. Its deeply curved frame facilitates entry 3the hallwayinner gear axle It is sufficient and can also be operated when stationary. The test winner was negative, among other things slippery pedals and the Missing quick release on the seat tube. The Purchase cost Of the candidates for the test Between 430 EUR and 575 EUR. who – which 20″ D4 Rock City Bike By Decathlon it is included as a price breaker at €270. All the more so pleasing with that too The cheapest kids bike in the test It has an ADAC rating of “Good”. In addition to good driving characteristics, the Decathlon impressed with the best light, including parking lights in the front and rear. The third “alimentary canal” secured it Kid 200 Street by Cube With the best results in durability tests.

20 inch bikes for kids: test results

Heavy wheels with insufficient braking effect

Children's bicycle brakes are tested
Several candidates fail the test at the same time on the brake test bench © ADAC / Ralph Wagner

Five of the twelve children’s bikes could not cross due to safety issues ADAC حكم judgment InsufficientPlus the losers in comparison bull wheelsAnd Raymond and Scholl. In the test, they lost those criteria Minimum required hysteresis values On the brake test bench. This must be done with a specific manual force On the brake lever of the front wheel Appropriate braking effect can be achieved in different loading conditions (60kg and allowable gross weight) in order to brake the bike safely.

Seven wheels polluted with pollutants

Woom . losing bike
Woom kids bike: cracks on pedal crank and saddle contamination © ADAC / Test and Technology

in model winora kick Cracks in the seat clamp The bike also did not achieve the required braking values. Along the same lines Insufficient“Cut the children’s bike” Austrian brand Woom Away. Thanks to its driving characteristics, the light weight is especially suitable for children, but it is frequently kicked Cracks in the forearm employment. In addition, Woom and six other bikes Pollutants in the saddle is found. These are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (abbreviated PAH) or plasticizers DPHP (short for dipropyl heptyl phthalate). Plasticizers are added to plastics, for example, to make them flexible. In animal experiments, the plasticizer DPHP caused damage to the thyroid and pituitary glands. There is no ban yet, but the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment recommends against using it. in the exam , Chips in the saddles from RaymondAnd S’coolAnd VictoriaAnd bullsAnd KTM and Woom proven.

When placed in the center of the field Avanti 7 20 by Pegasus falls to him Allowed gross weight 115 kg up – A value that doesn’t seem really necessary for a kids bike. However, the allowable gross weight plays a role in Safety A big role was also given to Pegasus in brake test to death. In addition, the Avanti 7 20 with more than 15 kg The heaviest kids bike in the test and therefore weighs twice as much as the model woom

Test results in detail

The lighter the better

In the hands-on portion of the tests, it soon became apparent that kids handled better with the lighter 20-inch bikes by comparison. But many models weigh from 13 to 15 kilograms – that may be a lot for less powerful children. When driving, especially when pick up a wheel It quickly shows if the child can handle the weight of the bike. In addition to its light weight woom (VIIIAnd5 kg) count Both models are from BUCKEY For the lighter weight children’s bike models.

You should pay attention to this when buying a children’s bike

  • Before transferring bicycles from one child to another, it is advisable to take a close look at the individual components to see if they can crack. A specialist retailer may be able to help you with this.

  • Correct tuning of the wheel as well as experience riding at the specialized dealer is beneficial.

  • Brake handles, position and access should be adjusted so that the child can operate them as easily as possible.

  • Ideally, the first riding practice with children should be conducted in an enclosed area.

  • A bike helmet must be worn at all times and here too parents are role models.

This is how I tested ADAC

  • 20 inch kids bikes (without mountain bikes)

  • Popular Brands

  • Freewheel and brake coaster mixed

  • Products from specialized stores and from the Internet

  • Instructions for use / assembly

  • Children’s bike assembly, adjustment and modification

  • Upgrade / Unmount / Capture (daily use)

  • Riding

  • Cleaning / Repair

Baby Fit – Anthropometric Check

  • Anthropometric dimensions and size customization: Children’s bikes should be examined for their ergonomic design and equipment characteristics that justify the designation “kids bike”. Particular attention should be paid to safety-related components.

  • Carrying and transporting: Children’s bikes must be carried. Handle options, center of gravity, and weight should be evaluated. Transport should be evaluated using the smallest measured transport dimensions.

Safety and durability

The following are tested based on the corresponding DIN criteria:

  • Steering unit / Steering unit

  • Front and frame assembly

  • defenses

  • Pedals, pedal drive system/crankset and pedal axle/pedal

  • to cut

  • Seat post and seat post

  • Leadership in the face of obstacles

  • brakes

  • lighting system

  • to treat

  • wear or tear

During the examination, components that children and adults can touch, eg B. Saddle handles and handlebars in mind.

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

  • plasticizer (phthalate)

Technical advice: Stefan Grabmaier, ADAC Technik Zentrum

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