Time sure flies! It doesn’t seem that long since we were last tucking into our Christmas dinners and navigating minefields of wrapping paper, but here we are again.

That’s right, Christmas will soon be upon us and the search begins for the perfect present for your little one. If you need a little inspiration or are simply stuck for ideas, we’re here to help. We have a wide range of kids’ and junior bikes that will bring gleaming smiles to many this Christmas, without hurting your wallet.

So, we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourites – and you don’t have to just talk our word for it, as we’ve also included the top customer reviews.

Invert Lil Flex Balance Bike – 12″ Wheel (First bike)


If the time has come to buy your child their first bike, the perfect place to start is with the Invert Lil Flex Balance Bike. Balance bikes are a great way for a child to learn to ride, as they’re easy to use and install the idea of balancing on two wheels without needing to introduce pedals.

The BMX-style handlebar and tough frame combine durability and style, and the dolphin-grey and black finish is sure to satisfy your image-conscious little ones. With lightweight alloy rims, it’s an ideal choice for the school run or a family day out.

What our customers had to say:

My son loves this and uses it all the time when he’s outside.


Buzz Lightyear Kids’ Bike – 12” wheel (3-5 years)

If your little one has an imagination that takes them to infinity and beyond, they need this Toy Story-inspired bike.

Featuring funky Buzz Lightyear character graphics and stabilisers that can easily be removed as your child gains confidence, it’s perfect for children progressing from a balance bike.

Its wide EVA-moulded tyres provide extra stability, and the bike has front and rear calliper brakes that will bring your child to a safe stop.

A great Christmas present, this one is also exclusive to Halfords.

What our customers had to say:

I bought this bike for my son’s 3rd birthday as he loved his balance bike, and this was the next stage up. Huge success, he loved it! Great for getting them outside and enjoying the fresh air. Fab bike and design. Brilliant for any Toy Story fan.


Apollo Claws Kids’ Bike – 14” wheel (4-6 years)


If you’ve got any dinosaur fans, then the Apollo Claws is the bike for them. With a fun orange frame and striking blue graphics on the saddle and chainguard, your little ones are sure to have a truly Jurassic adventure!

It doesn’t just look cool either, and it comes with everything your child needs to develop confidence on the bike, including removable stabilisers and calliper brakes. Whether it’s the school run or a trip to the park, there are no limits to the adventures they can enjoy!

What our customers had to say:

I bought this for my son for Christmas and it made him so happy, the quality of the bike is amazing, and he loves the design!


Carrera Cosmos Kids’ Bike – 16″ Wheel (5-7 years)

One of our favourite 16” wheelers is the Carrera Cosmos Kids’ Bike. With its stylish purple frame and colour-matched pedals, powerful Mini V-brakes and lightweight aluminium frame, this one looks as good as it rides.

Perfect for any adventure, the Cosmos is designed with your child’s comfort in mind, from the adjustable seat post and brake levers to the child-specific saddle.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can also personalise the bike with your child’s name to make the present extra special. Learn more about how you can personalise any of the bikes in this list here.

What our customers had to say:

Stunning bike. Really solid and light – quality is fantastic. My daughter loves the colour and finds it really easy to ride. Should last her years as well given how high the seat can go.

(Kenny R)

Apollo Outrage Kids’ Bike – 18” wheel (5-7 years)

Taking elements from Apollo’s range of adult mountain bikes and applying them to a kids’ version, the Apollo Outrage is perfect for those who simply love to get muddy.

With a strong steel frame, reliable V brakes and a partial chain guard, it’s got everything needed to enjoy safe adventures.

What our customers had to say:

I bought this bike for my son’s birthday. He absolutely loves this bike and can ride it with ease and it looks great. We had it built in store too for no extra cost which was brilliant.


Apollo Chaos Junior Mountain Bike – 20” wheel (6-9 years)

Prepare your child for some serious off-road adventures with the Apollo Chaos Junior Mountain Bike. Whether it’s trails, rugged off-road paths or adventures in the park, the front suspension absorbs any bumps in the journey for a smooth ride.

Plus, with Shimano 6-speed gearing, your little one will have no problems conquering any hills, before racing back down the other side.

What our customers had to say:

Bought this as a first bike with gears and my son loves it. It is giving him confidence on beginner trails, and we are enjoying great father/son time!


Apollo Kinx Junior Hybrid Bike – 24” wheel (8-11 years)

Got a little speedster? Then the Apollo Kinx is the perfect present this Christmas.

Thanks to its 18-speed gearing, your child will never lose a race against their friends and they’ll easily power along the flat and up any hills. Of course, at the end of any race they’ll need to come to a safe stop, and you won’t need to worry thanks to high-performing V brakes.

What our customers had to say:

I bought this for my daughter. It’s a good solid bike with a well-designed frame which is very comfortable to ride. The wheels are large which makes biking easy. She’s extremely happy with it.


Carrera Vengeance Junior Mountain Bike – 26-inch wheel (9-12 years)

You’ve probably heard of the Vengeance before. It’s our best-selling bike ever, and this junior version is just as impressive.

The perfect ride for junior mountain bikers of all abilities, the Vengeance is packed with amazing features including a lightweight aluminium frame, Suntour suspension fork, 16-speed Shimano gearing, and mechanical disc brakes.

Every aspect of the bike is carefully designed and it’s a great option for confident trail riders and first-time off-road adventurers alike.

What our customers had to say:

I bought this bike for my son and he loves it. Best bike he’s had. Would definitely recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.


Hyper Nitro Circus Jet Fuel BMX Bike – 20” wheel (8+ years)

Not all bikes are about going on epic adventures or winning races, and this bike is perfect for children more at home in a skate park.

Helping your child stand out from the crowd, the frame, fork and handlebar are all finished in a custom jet fuel paint finish just like those ridden by athletes at the Nitro Circus.

The bike is also designed with BMX-specific components so your child can hone their skills and discover new tricks.

What our customers had to say:

I love this bike. Its colour is amazing and it’s perfect for boys or girls. The strength, style and overall quality is fantastic, and I would definitely recommend it.


Must-have accessories

Want to make the gift extra special? We have a wide range of kids’ cycling accessories that will be great stocking fillers.

The best place to start is with a helmet and we have lots of stylish helmets that will help your little one look cool while keeping them safe. Some are even designed around bikes within this list, including the Apollo Firechief Kids Bike Helmet. You can also kit your little one out with other essential accessories like pads and bells. There are lots of styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find the best option for your child.

Finally, personalise the bike and complete the look with styling accessories including baskets and lights – you’ll find many more options over at Halfords.com.

Choosing only ten bikes was difficult and there are lots more we could have included. To discover many more options, head over to Halfords.com. Don’t forget, we also have a wide range of accessories so you can add extra gifts alongside your child’s new bike, and many of the bikes included in this list are available in bundles with the must-have accessories.

If you want added peace of mind, why not let our experts build the bike for you? You can have your bike built and collect it in-store for only £10, or have it built and delivered to your home for £20 (available for selected junior and BMX bikes only).

And that’s not all! If you find your bike of choice cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match the price through our price match promise. If you find the cheaper price after you’ve bought the bike, we’ll refund the difference within 7 days of receipt of your purchase.

You want the perfect Christmas present, you want Halfords!