How to Fit a Bike for a Child

How to Fit a Bike for a Child
Choosing a bike for a child is not a difficult task---but it is an extremely important one. A poorly sized bicycle can increase the chances of an accident and endanger the child's life. Children's bikes are sized by wheel diameter rather than seat height so recommended age guidelines may not apply to children taller or shorter than average. Take your time to make sure that the child can ride comfortably and properly maneuver the bike before making a purchase.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Take the child with you when you are shopping for a bike to make sure that you choose an appropriate-sized bike. A bicycle that is too small or too large could pose a potential safety hazard to the child.
Step 2
Place bikes on the floor of the store to test for the correct size. Ask a sales associate for help if necessary as you cannot determine the correct size by looking at the bike on display.
Step 3
Instruct the child to sit on the bike seat with both feet on the ground. If the child must lean the bike to the side in order to touch the ground, then adjust the seat to a lower position until the child can touch the ground. If this is not possible, then the bike is too large.
Step 4
Have the child ride the bike a few feet and observe his knees. If the child's knees come into contact with the handlebars of the bike, the bike is too small.
Step 5
Instruct the child to squeeze the hand brake if applicable. If the child does not have adequate hand strength to apply the brakes, she may not be able to stop the bike when necessary.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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