How do you choose the correct size kids bike?
Choosing the correct size of a child’s bike is done by age as opposed to height. Kids are still learning to ride, so it’s important that a child can reach the ground and the bike you buy them fits correctly! It is understandable that parents want to get your child’s use of the bike as long as possible, but when the child is learning they often need to step in to the frame and if the top tube is in the way they risk hurting themselves when this happens.
Our guide gives you an idea of which size bike to go for, there are always exceptions to the rule, if your child is very tall for their age go for the bigger size. The best way is to try your child on a bike. Below suggests which wheel sizes are most suitable for which age range. You know your child best. If you buy a bike too big, there is a risk your child wont enjoy it as much and it can inhibit his/her learning experience .
- 10 inch – 18 months to 3 years
- 12 inch – 3 to 4 years
- 14 inch – 3.5 to 5 years
- 16 inch – 4 to 6 years
- 18 inch – 5.5 to 7 years
- 20 inch – 7 to 9 years
- 24 inch – 9 to 11 years
- 26 inch – 10 to 13 years
A good way to measure your child’s inside leg measurement is to put a book between his/her legs and measure from the top of the book down to the ground.