ADAC has proven it: one factor is decisive: how you recognize a good children's bicycle

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In a test, the ADAC tested 14 16-inch children's bicycles (up to 450 euros) and found significant differences in quality and safety. The automobile club recommends that bicycle buyers not only pay attention to the cheapest price.

The short summer interval in April marks the beginning of the cycling season. Parents know how quickly children outgrow old bikes; then it is necessary to buy new ones, because only a bicycle optimally adapted to the size of the child can offer safe fun.

The ADAC tested 14 current bicycles. These are the results:

  • The model is the clear winner of the current children's bicycle test. Originals 3 by Woom, which impresses with its low weight of just 5.9 kilograms, easy adjustment of the brake lever and saddle height without tools and efficient, smooth brakes. With a price of around 450 euros, the motorcycle is also the most expensive in the test.
  • This follows in second place. Puky children's bicycle. (390 euros), which together with Woom shows that renowned manufacturers are ahead when it comes to quality and safety.
  • The loser of the test is Pyro's Sixteen model. for 420 euros, something that the ADAC described as “poor”, mainly due to the distance between the pedals and the ground being too small and the consequent safety deficiencies when cornering.

ADAC tests children's bicycles: the best models

The test revealed significant safety deficiencies and technical weaknesses in some models. Five manufacturers did not meet the specified number of reflectors and eight models lacked a complete chain guard. The Royal Baby Freestyle especially stood out on the proving ground due to its poor braking performance.

Security defects in some models.

In terms of contaminant levels, all the bikes tested met the legal requirements, but only the two cheapest models in the test were actually free of contaminants. Particularly striking was Orbea's MX 16 2023 model, as plasticizers were found in its handles. The ADAC asks manufacturers not only to respect the limit values, but also to ensure that materials are free of harmful substances.

Weight determines how well children master the bike

During test rides it turned out that the lighter the bikes were, the better the children got along with them. Therefore, the ADAC recommends parents take their children to a specialized store and test the bicycle before buying it. After the purchase, a specialist must adapt the height of the saddle, the position of the handlebars and the accessibility of the brake levers to the size of the child. (increase)