Another important factor is child-friendly ergonomics. After all, children aren't just little adults – they have shorter fingers and legs,
narrower shoulders and a completely different pelvis shape. That's why it's so important for bikes and their components to
be tailored to
fit children's bodies and requirements. Make sure you look out for slim grips that are perfect for little hands and a brake lever that can
be easily reached by kids' fingers and operated with minimal effort.
What makes the ergonomics of our woom bikes so child-friendly?
First off, it comes down to the frame design, which has a huge impact on the riding experience. If you want to be sure that
your child feels comfortable on their bike and will enjoy cycling, you need to opt for a bike that provides your child with
and a smooth ride. Our bikes have a
low sitting position
(= low centre of gravity) to guarantee stability and a
flat steering angle
(angle of the head tube in relation to the road surface) combined with a
(distance between the front and rear wheel axles) to ensure the expected
Thanks to the low sitting position, children can always maintain an upright position, giving them a good view of everything they need to
keep an eye on whilst cycling. Meanwhile, the low centre of gravity makes it easier for them to keep their balance.
Our bikes also have a low entry position that makes it easy for kids to get on and off the bikes.
They can also get their feet back on the ground in no time if they find themselves in a tricky situation.
Beyond the design of the frame, we've considered kids' ergonomic requirements in all other components. The narrow hub on the rear
on our balance bikes (woom 1 and woom 1 PLUS), for instance, offers plenty of legroom for easy walking and running.
Further examples include our saddle, which has been designed to fit a child's pelvis, and our specially developed
cranks, with the crank
arms shorter to match a child's leg length and the distance between the pedals smaller to allow for children's narrower hips.
This protects the knee joints since the knees won't have to bend as much when pedalling. Shorter crank arms also reduce the risk of the
tips of the toes colliding with the front wheel, or the pedals hitting the ground when going round corners. The shorter distance
between the pedals
ensures optimum power transfer and intuitive pedalling.
Wondering whether a coaster brake is necessary? It's a very good question! After all, most of us probably learnt to ride a bike with a
coaster brake and wobbly stabilisers. Although it is a good question, our answer couldn't be a more definite no. And that is because we
believe that the concept of the coaster brake is outdated. It is really difficult to brake evenly by back-pedalling and the
have to be on the pedals with the pedals at the right angle for braking to be at all possible in the first place. This means that your child
might not be able to brake in time, hard enough or at all in an emergency situation. Plus, not having the option to freewheel when setting
off can cause problems. Say the pedals weren't in the correct position – your child would have to get off their bike and line the pedals up
properly before they could get going. Stabilisers aren't in keeping with the times either since they are counterintuitive when it comes to
developing a good sense of balance. The best way for your child to learn how to balance is indeed on a balance bike. Not to mention that
coaster brakes and stabilisers are an added weight, making bikes heavier than they need to be.
Child-friendly hand-operated brakes
that can be worked easily by little hands and with little effort are the ideal solution. For the
best results, you should encourage your child to get used to hand-operated brakes while on a balance bike. This will save them having to
learn even more skills when they are ready to switch to a pedal bike, leaving them free to concentrate on mastering the pedals.
With all of this in mind, even our smallest balance bike (woom 1) comes with a V-brake that is easy to operate with a child-friendly
We also realise that it can be difficult for younger children to distinguish between left and right,
which is why the brake lever for the rear brake on our smaller bikes (woom 1+, 2 and 3) comes in an eye-catching shade of green to
stop children from mixing up their brakes and in turn prevent crashes.
A child's bike not only has to withstand a lot of use, but also be sufficiently durable to be passed onto younger siblings. With that in
mind, you need to keep your eyes peeled for outstanding workmanship and premium components when you're
buying a bike.
For those with limited knowledge of bikes, it may well be difficult to judge the bike's production quality. Consider your overall
impression of the bike. After all, a high-quality child's bike consists of many well-considered details that have been brought together
in harmony. Is the bike heavy and cumbersome? Does it look like it's just been thrown together? Does it make clunking or rattling noises
when your child takes it for a test ride? Is it fitted with a lot of plastic parts? Do the components, like the lights and rear rack,
look far from sturdy or as though they've been fitted sloppily? If you answer yes to any of these questions, walk away.
Another thing you can check, for example, is that the handlebar grips are securely fastened.
You should not be able to turn or remove them – this is crucial for your child's safety. You should also take a closer look at the
saddle. It should be made of a robust and hard-wearing material without being excessively hard.
How do we guarantee high quality and durability with our woom bikes?
We apply multiple coats of paint to protect the premium aluminium frames of our bikes against damage
and wear and tear. We also use sealed industrial bearings all over to stop dust and water in their tracks.
The wheels are equipped with stainless steel spokes, whilst the
on our frames (where the tubes are joined together) are implemented with care and precision,
leaving them beautifully even and smooth. Our
non-toxic grips are all screwed securely to the handlebars
(woom 1 to woom 3) or have screwed-in end plugs (woom 4 to woom 6). Our saddle is made from non-toxic materials
and reinforced with Kevlar. Plus, its edges are protected so that there's no chance of scratches or tears occurring when
your child leans their bike up against a wall. In short, the premium quality of our bikes is apparent in every detail.