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Kids Bikes Buyers Guide + Video

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Sizes for kids' bikes might seem a bit confusing, so here's a handy guide to get you started.

Kids' Bikes Buyer's Guide

There are a few things to be aware of when buying bikes for children. Making sure that the little ones enjoy their first experiences helps to set them up for a lifetime of active living.

Choosing a Bike

It can be confusing looking at children's bikes, as of course children vary in size much more than adults! Because of this, children's bikes are often split into sizes based upon the size of the wheels, from 12 inches to 24 inches (and beyond, but 26 inches is a standard size for adult mountain bikes).

It's important to pick a bike that will be the right size for your child, as one that's too large can be uncomfortable and difficult for them to ride. Of course, if your child is between sizes, it's sensible to pick the larger one, but forcing them onto a bike that is too big might mean that they won't enjoy it.

But Won't That Be Expensive?

We know that smaller sizes are going to be grown out of more quickly, and that's one of the reasons why they tend to be a bit simpler in terms of features. That way, you don't have to splash out on a bike that might not last forever! We also include some other features on our bikes like covers on the drivetrain (to protect them from any dirty moving parts) and fun accessories (to keep them interested!) so that they're as kid-friendly as can be.

Getting the right size

The best way to find the right size child's bike is to get the child on the bike! If you can, pop into a store and try them out. You're looking for a bike where your child can put their toes on the floor when on the saddle and gives enough room for them to stand over the top tube when they're not. It's also good to look at them from the side, to see if the bike is long enough for them. Children tend to ride in a more upright position, but if they're squashed onto a short bike then it can be unstable and uncomfortable.

Of course, sitting your child on a bike might spoil the surprise if it's going to be a gift! We've included a size guide below, so you can sneakily measure your child's height or inner leg (inseam) to get some idea of what might be a good size. You can find out your child's inseam by measuring the distance from the floor to the top of their inner leg.

Age Height Inseam Wheel Size
2-4 yrs 88-105cm - Balance Bikes
3-5 yrs 98-112cm 46-55cm 12"
4-6 yrs 105-117cm 51-60cm 14"
5-7 yrs 112-127cm 56-66cm 16"
6-8 yrs 112-127cm 56-66cm 18"
7-9 yrs 117-136cm 68-81cm 20"
8-11yrs 127-145cm 75-88cm 24"

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