How to Know What Size Bicycle to Buy Children

How to Know What Size Bicycle to Buy Children
Biking is one of the outdoor activities that is very well suited for families. Parents need to know what size bike to buy their children. Having a properly sized bike is important so that kids can enjoy the experience instead of struggling, but also so that they can control the bike safely.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cloth measuring tape
Step 1
Measure the child's inseam with the cloth measuring tape. This is done by measuring from a point just below the child's crotch down his or her leg to the ankle. Record this measurement.
Step 2
Understand that bikes for children are divided by wheel sizes. This is different from adult bikes, which are sized by the frame of the bicycle. The most common sizes for kid's bikes are 12 inch, 16 inch, 20 inch and 24 inch. Use these figures as a general guide to size. But, remember they are not necessarily an exact measure of the bicycle's rim or tire diameter.
Step 3
Refer to the chart, and find the bike size that corresponds to your child's inseam measurement.
Step 4
Visit bike stores and have your child get on and off models of bikes in this size category. They should be able to do this easily, and also be able to stand and straddle the bike with their feet flat on the ground.
Step 5
Have your child take the bike for a short test ride. Look for a bike that they can get started easily. A sure sign of a bike that is too big is if your child has difficulty leaning it over, getting their bottom on the seat and starting to pedal. If the bike is too small, your child's knees will come up too high near the handlebars. Choose a bike that allows them to ride and pedal comfortably.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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