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Kids Bike Sizes: A NEW Trick to Finding the BEST Fit



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when you're buying a bike for your child

it can be challenging to figure out what

bike size your child needs while kids

bikes are typically sized according to

their wheel size which is the diameter

of the wheel in inches bikes with the

same wheel size can vary drastically in

overall size for example look at these

two bikes they both have 14-inch wheels

and have their seats set to their lowest

point while they are both marketed

towards three and four year olds they

are certainly not designed for the same

sized kid so while wheel size does

provide a good place to start when

choosing a bike for your child it does

not guarantee a best fit so what's the

secret to finding a bike that fits your

child perfectly two things the seat

height of the bike and your child's

inseam the seat height of a bike is the

distance from the floor to the lowest

point on the bike saddle similarly your

child's inseam is the distance from the

floor to their crotch these two things

are the secret combination to finding

the right bike after testing out almost

a hundred different bikes with many

different kids we've come up with four

easy steps to help you confidently

purchase the right size bike for your

child

number one measure your child's inseam

number to narrow down wheel size number

three determine rider ability and seat

height and number four select a bike for

current fit and growth step one measure

your child's Enzi your child's inseam

not their height is the most accurate

way to ensure your child will properly

fit on a bike regardless of the bikes

wheel size to measure your child's

inseam have them first stand against a

wall with their shoes on and their feet

slightly apart then gently slide a

hardbound book between their legs and

raise it until it is snug against their

crotch next make sure the book is level

with the floor and mark the wall measure

up from the ground to that point this

measurement is your child inseam step 2

narrow down the wheel size armed with

your child's inseam use our wheel size

chart to narrow down which wheel sizes

will best fit your child because bikes

vary greatly in size it's very possible

that your child's inseam falls into two

wheel sizes just like our little kid

bike tester here

if so it is generally best to buy in the

larger wheel size to allow for more room

for growth for future reference a link

to this chart is provided in the

comments below

step 3 determine ideal seat height based

on child's writing ability now that you

know what size bike is likely best for

your child it's time to take your

child's riding ability into

consideration why because the seat

height of a bike is set differently

based on if your child is a beginner is

experienced or is using training wheels

the seat height is the distance from the

ground to the top of the seat and will

help you narrow down your options even

further and guarantee a great fit from

day one number one beginning riders feet

flat a beginning writer including

balanced by graduates should be able to

sit on the bike seat and have their feet

flat on the ground at this stage it's

essential for a child to be able to

easily stop their bike using their feet

as a result their bike seat height

should be set equal to their inseam

number two experienced riders on their

tiptoes an experienced rider who knows

how to comfortably start and stop a bike

as well as use either a hand brake or a

foot brake should be able to sit on the

bike saddle and have their tiptoes touch

the ground this means that the seat

should be set two to four inches above

their inseam raising the seat allows for

proper leg extension while pedaling

which maximizes the efficiency of each

pedal stroke and number three on

training wheels feet flat or tiptoes for

those who plan on using training wheels

feet flat or tiptoes both work depending

on the confidence of your child because

the child doesn't have to balance the

bike or worry about falling over just

set the seat according to what is most

comfortable for them this means that the

seat should be set zero to three inches

above the child's inseam step 4 select

your bike for current fit and growth now

that you know the desired seat height

for your child's bike you can begin

shopping

you'll find a bike that has a minimum

seat height that's as close to but

without going over the seat height you

determined in step 3 this allows the

bike to fit perfectly now but also

offers the most room for growth so you

don't have to buy another bike too soon

here's an example using the bikes we

just saw and our little kid bike tester

she's 5 and has an inseam of 19 and a

half inches each of the following bikes

are a great fit for a child her size but

which one is best depends on the child's

experience and riding ability bike

number one is the pillow rev Oh 16 inch

bike with a minimum seat height of 19

and a half inches bike number two is the

womb 420 inch bike with a minimum seat

height of 22 inches and bike 3 is a

Schwinn 16 inch bike with a minimum seat

height of 21 inches if our little kid

bike tester is a beginning writer the

pillow Robo is a perfect fit because

it's minimum seat height matches her

inseam and allows her to sit with her

feet flat on the ground if our little

kid bike tester is experienced the wound

4 is a much better option

with its minimum seat height set two and

a half inches above her NC she can sit

on the saddle and reach the ground with

her tiptoes and it offers plenty of room

for her to grow if our little kid bike

tester is using training wheels the 16

inch twin is a great option if she's an

average too confident writer with a

minimum seat height an inch and a half

above her inseam she can reach the

ground with her tiptoes and get good leg

extension for more efficient pedaling

when selecting your child's bike be sure

to narrow down several options so that

other factors such as price weight brake

type and even color preference can be

taken into consideration this is all

great information but where do you find

the seat height of a bike check our

website we have tested almost a hundred

kids bikes and have personally measured

each bikes seat height range check below

for links to the appropriate pages which

are broken down by wheel size our site

features list of our favorite kids bikes

as well as detailed reviews of

individual bikes to help you shop

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