Learning to ride a bicycle can be a challenge. Having a bicycle that fits the size of your young rider, can help them learn faster and enjoy the pleasures of bike riding.There are 3 measurements that matter most.
How are bikes sized?
Bikes are measured by the diameter of the wheel. Small bikes with a 12″ diameter wheel are for riders of 26-34″ in height. The next step is 16″ for riders 34-42″ tall. After that 18″ for riders 42-48″ tall, and 20″ wheels for those 48-56″ tall. Once the rider is nearing 5 ft in height, they are ready for a bike with 24″ wheels.
What size does my child need?
The key measurement for any rider, is the height of the frame’s cross bar and the height of where your child’s legs come together. Have your child stand over the bike with their feet flat on the ground. There should be a few inches (about the size of a water bottle) between cross bar and crotch. If there is too little room, move to a smaller bike.
How high do I put the seat?
A rider’s leg should be only slightly bent, almost fully extended when the peddle is at the bottom. While seated your child should still be able to reach the ground with their tip toes. However, with a first time learner, you should adjust the seat to make your child comfortable and encourage them just with moving the bike forward.
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