Cleary bikes are light, strong, attractive, well-specced, and well-reviewed. Even the smallest 12" models come with front and rear hand brakes, with special light-action, short reach levers. It's always seemed to us that hand brakes offer a shorter, easier path to safety and confidence on the bike than coaster brakes, whose main virtue is cheap indestructibility. Smart sloping top tubes and long wheelbases assure a wide range of adjustment to serve several kids many years.