As a mom, and anti-training wheel advocate, I am so happy to see the push bike market growing for children. The more readily available options there are will hopefully create more buzz around teaching children how to ride without the training wheels. Public Bikes was created “to make riding more enjoyable, practical, and chic.” Their adult city bikes aren’t known for fancy parts, or being overly durable (and expensive). They are simple, classy, and getting people back into the everyday neighborhood bikes. They entered the kids market with the Mini V and Mini C push bikes and we have had one in for review for the past few months.

Public Mini V Kids Bike Details

  • Currently $129
  • Pneumatic (inflatable) tires
  • Steel frame
  • 25.4 stem which would allow you to install other cut down handlebars
  • Sized for 3 year olds and up
  • Minimum seat height: 16.25″
  • Maximum seat height: 21.75″
    Taller seat post available

Unboxing the Public Mini V

The Mini V comes in the cutest little mini-bike box, and wrapped carefully with bubble wrap and cardboard. Tucked away in the stem was an allen wrench to adjust the seat and handlebars. You will need a small adjustable wrench or open ended 15mm box wrench to check the bolts on the wheels. The wheels are small, so some pumps may not fit between the spokes but my Joe Blow pump fit carefully in there.

Public Mini V Kids Bike Review

Kids Riding the Public Mini V

This little push bike is designed for 3+ year olds. With the seat in the lowest position it fits about the size of a maxed out Strider. This won’t be the push bike you give a child that recently learned to walk, but it is closer to a large 12″ or small 16″ bike. Aesthetically all the kids (and parents) LOVED the bike. The color matching bell was a real winner, and I personally like the pneumatic tires for kids that are trying to push the limits and going through dirt or gravel. The Mini C version of this bike has a lower step over which I actually prefer for kids to get on easily. The Mini C photos give the impression that it is for girls, but they aren’t!

Love At First Ride Or Your Money Back

Public has a great guarantee that could be worth the few extra dollars that this cost over competitors:

Just like our adult bikes, we offer our Love at First Ride guarantee. If your little one does not love their new bike from the very first ride, we’ll take it back. Period.

Wrap Up

The Public Mini V is very easy to build and the small details like the grips, bell, and racing stripes really are pleasing to the eye. Easy online ordering and the money back guarantee is something worth looking at if you are on the fence with the whole push bike idea. If your child fits in the size range of this bike I would give it a hard look just in time for a perfect holiday gift!

Go check out the Public Mini V and all of their amazing kids bike accessories.

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review. We were not paid nor bribed for this review.


  1. Why not just get a small bike and leave off pedals and training wheels until the child can balance? I did that for my grand daughter.

    • Nina, great question! Going in to the holidays I had planned on writing an article on balance bike pros and cons.

      Balance bikes have a much lower stance than traditional kids bikes because there are no pedals to hit the ground or corners. A lower and longer bike allows for more control and balance when a child is learning. Also, because of less parts like a brake and crank these bikes are much lighter.

      Taking off pedals is a great way for kids to try the balance bike idea. I recommend people to do this for kids new bikes that are going from a balance bike to a traditional kids bike. It’s also how we did it about 5-10 years ago before Strider hit the market so hard. It really depends on the child’s comfort, strength and over all balance if taking off the pedals will work for them.

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