BIKE SIZING ADVICE
Buying a bike which is the right size is probably the most important part of choosing your new cycle. But how do you work out what size to get? A good shop should be able to advise you and let you try different sizes, but there are a few guidelines which help:
If the bike is for a child, they generally fall into age categories based on the average size of a child of a specific age. There is no hard and fast rule that says that you must buy a bike of a particular size for a child of a specific age. If the child is comfortable and not too stretched on the bike, and they can manage all the controls ie turn the handlebars safely, reach the brake levers and operate them AND touch the floor with the ball of their foot, then there is nothing to prevent you from selecting a bike in a bigger age category.
- 12" Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 2½ to 4
- 14" Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 3 to 5
- 16" Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 5 to 7
- 20" Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 7 to 9
- 24" Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 9 to 11
- 26"+ Wheel Cycles - Suitable for ages 11+ (These are classed as adult cycles.)
First Bikes; 12" & 14" wheels, suitable for average ages 2½ up to 5. Larger and slightly older children should benefit from the 14" wheel bicycles.