Buying Your First Bike (Kids’ Edition)

Buying Your First Bike (Kids’ Edition)

Do you still remember the thrill of riding your first bike? We bet it is one of the presents you will never ever forget.

It’s a known fact – kids love riding bikes. In addition, cycling gets kids fit, gets them to enjoy the outdoors, and it also offers them some freedom and independence. Kids can start properly riding bikes as early as 2 years of age. However, kids do not stay the same size for long. This is why choosing the right bike for your kid can seem quite confusing at first, but it is also crucial to their being able to ride safely and with confidence.

When selecting a bike for the younger ones, the important things to ensure are:

*They look and feel comfortable on the bike;

*They think the bike is cool.

Do not get your child a bike if they do not like how it looks – they might, but they also might not. You do not want to scar your child emotionally for life by buying them a bike that is not to their liking.

What size bike does your child need?

For adults, the proper way to choose our bikes is by reference to the frame size. As long we can stand over the bike with our feet planted on either side of its upper tube, we know, with some certainty, that it fits. With children, it is not the same.

To discover which size is perfect for your child, it is best to use a sizing chart. They are available from all good bike shops and websites. There could be some slight variations in some, especially when moving to adult sizing charts, but for kids, they are fairly consistent.


Below is a good example of a sizing chart:


We can also use the diameter of the wheel as the reference point. Kids’ wheel sizes determine the proportions for the rest of the bike. They are generally available in 12, 16, 20, and 24 inches.


Another useful chart for determining the right size of the bike is the inside leg length approach:

Height charts, on the other hand, are not the definitive factor when choosing children’s bike. If a sales person at a local bike store insists on only using a height chart, know better.

Get an Expert’s Advice

Do not underestimate the power of good advice from an expert. Five minutes with an experienced bike expert can definitely save you hours spent scouting the internet for answers.

Here at Fort Myers Schwinn Cyclery, we have been providing expert bike advice and services for over 20 years. Visit our website today or contact us for more information. We hope to hear from you soon!

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