When you choose a Mountain Bike, you have to learn how to ride it.
First of all, you need check its fit, make sure that the child can sit on the seat and place both feet firmly on the ground, which means they'll be able to hold themself upright and get on and off without difficulty.
It's also important that children can comfortably reach the handlebars and steer. If the bars are out of reach, steering will pull them forward causing a loss of control. Plus, if the Bicycle has hand brakes, it's crucial that the child can reach and operate the controls. If the child doesn't have the hand strength to operate the levers, it's usually possible to adjust the systems to make it easier for them.
For the youngest and least coordinated kids, Mountain Bike are a great way to start. These compact, uncomplicated and totally fun learning machines are very intuitive for most children and inspire confidence because their feet are on the ground so much of the time and the Bikes are small, light and easy for them to handle.
Mountain Bike have a sturdy frame, nice wheels and tires and a seat and handlebars. And, as they quickly learn how to steer a bicycle and soon also get the feeling of balancing a two-wheeler. Once that happens they're well on their way to ride Mountain Bike.
If your child is very small, you might be able to pick out a bike for them. Once they get a little older, though, this gets tricky. Remember, that it's their bike and keep in mind that they're more likely to want to ride and to get excited about biking if they've got the two-wheeler they like best.
If the Mountain Bike is a surprise gift, to find out what they want.