Cycling is a great skill for children to learn; not only is it fun, it’s excellent for staying active and even getting around. When choosing the right bicycle for your child, it is important to make sure that you have the appropriate bike size as this will play a massive part in making sure it’s comfortable and easy to ride.

Choose the right size bike for your child using our helpful charts below:

Size Guide: Child’s Height

 

Child Height (Feet)

Child Height (Centimetres)

Wheel Size

2’9”-3’1”

85-90 cm

10 inches

3’1”-3’3”

90-100 cm

12 inches

3’3”-3’7”

100-110 cm

14 inches

3’7”-3’8"

110-115 cm

16 inches

3’8”-4’0”

115-120 cm

18 inches

4’0”-4’5”

120-135 cm

20 inches

4’5”-4’9”

135-145 cm

24 inches

5 Feet and taller

Taller than 145 cm

26 inches

 

 

Size Guide: Child’s Inseam

Measuring your child’s inseam (inside leg length) is the most effective way to find the correct size bike frame and ensure that your child can touch the floor safely. To get an inseam measurement simply measure from inside the top of your child’s leg down to their foot.

 

Inseam Length (Inches)

Inseam Length (Centimetres)

Wheel Size

12”-12”

85-90 cm

10 inches

14”-17”

35-42 cm

12 inches

16”-20”

40-50 cm

14 inches

18”-22”

45-55 cm

16 inches

20”-24”

50-60 cm

18 inches

22”-25”

55-63 cm

20 inches

24”-28”

60-72 cm

24 inches

28 inches and longer

72 cm and longer

26 inches

 

Size Guide: Child’s Age

 

Age

Wheel Size

2 years

10 inches

3-4 years

12 inches

4-5 years

14 inches

5-6 years

16 inches

6-8 years

18 inches

7-9 years

20 inches

9-11 years

24 inches

11-14 years

26 inches

 

What to do next?

Once you understand how to ensure you can get the right size frame, there are some other key factors into choosing the right bicycle for your child:

Let your child choose (…to a certain extent)

Although the sizing will need to be correct, there’s no better way to encourage your child to cycle than by letting them choose and be enthusiastic about what style & design they’d like. After all it is them who will be riding it! Once your child has made their decision you can then ensure it is robust and of suitable quality…not to mention cost effective to your budget!

Get the right equipment

Finding the right bike is just the start, there are many other pieces of equipment required to make sure that your child is safe and can go on to enjoy their cycling adventures. It is essential to have  a high quality helmet and reflectors for paramount safety but then you may also want to think about investing in chain guards, panniers and a safety bell plus loads of other cool accessories!

Regular maintenance

A child’s bike should also be serviced on a regular basis in order to maintain safety and overall performance. As children’s bikes are extensively used and often passed down to others in the family, they are naturally subjected to quite a bit of wear and tear. Having the bicycle serviced regularly will ensure that it can be enjoyed for many years to come. Book your service here.

 

Best teaching techniques

It is highly recommend that you get your child to practice their balance by using a scooter or a balance bike first. This will give them much more confidence to get into the saddle and often means they won’t require any stabilisers or push offs. Our top tip is that you encourage the rider to sit upright and look forward and just go for it! You can obviously intervene at any time if you think a crash is imminent but from our experience, often if you let the child go off on their own, they’ll be cycling in no time!

 

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