The Perfect Bike Size

January 16, 2014
The Perfect Bike Size

Buying the perfect bike for your child doesn't have to be hard thanks to Tinitrader. Read on for great tips and advice when purchasing a bike for your kids.

On Your Bike!

Zooming around on a bike is like a rite of passage through childhood. Learning to ride gives a child coordination skills, confidence and a slice of freedom. Tinitrader have plenty of advice on buying wheels for tiny tackers.

Buy for today, not tomorrow

Buying a bike that is too big for your child (with the aim that they will one day grow into it), should be avoided. At best it makes for uncomfortable, impractical riding. At worst it could compromise your child’s ability to control the bike and/or create unnecessary aches and pains.

So what bike size is right?

The best way to determine this is to go to a bike store and have an expert help answer this question. Some general rules of thumb include:

  • Avoid your child stretching too much to reach parts of the bike

  • Ensure your child can safely and easily reach the controls (e.g. the bike handlebars, the bike brakes, the bike pedals)

The way kids’ bikes are measured is by the wheel size. At the end of the day there is no cookie cut-out formula, but the rough guide is as follows:

12” kids bike wheel

This bike size is usually good for kids aged between three and five years

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14” kids bike wheel

Designed for children between the ages of three and five, 14-inch wheeled kids bikes are often an ideal first pedal bike

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16” kids bike wheel

This bike size is usually good for kids aged between five to eight years

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20” kids bike wheel

This bike size is usually good for kids aged between seven to 10 years

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24” kids bike wheel

This bike size is usually good for kids aged between seven to 10 years

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26” kids bike wheel

This bike size is usually good for kids aged from 12 years

L Platers

Few of us take to bikes on that very first right like a duck takes to water...! Normally the process requires at least training wheels (which are tentatively removed for the ceremonious first real ride). These days you can also opt for balance bikes, which are a precursor to training wheels and help establish your child’s balance and coordination.

Fun (and Soft!)

The backyard or a quiet local park (where nobody feels like they’re on centre stage) is a great place for kids to find their riding mojo. The odd spill is pretty much inevitable so avoid cement/ footpaths and opt for green expanses in those early days. Your child needs to feel comfortable on their bike before they can feel comfortable in traffic. Take the journey bit-by-bit – maybe take them out on your bike (with an appropriate child carrier) and talk them through what you are doing and why. Make sure they have a good knowledge about road rules and their standard bike skills are developed before you go near traffic. And it goes without saying that they will need an Australian standards approved bike helmet, appropriate (bright) clothing and lights. Get them into the grove of bike safety right from day dot!

Most importantly – enjoy this time. Bike riding is such a terrific way to be social, see the world around us, and stay active. Getting kids on bikes is great for the whole family!

Shop Tinitrader's full range of kids bikes and balance bikes