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Video:How to Size a Kid's Bike

with Bob Copeland

Size a kid's bike properly so that your child can ride his or her bike comfortably and safely. Here are some tips on how to size a kid's bike.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Size a Kid's Bike

Hi, I'm Bob Copeland with Bike Source in Denver, Colorado and BikeSourceOnline.com. Today I'm going to share with you what to look for when trying to find the right size bike for your kid.

Difference Sizes for a Kid's Bike

Behind me, I've got a couple of different sizes that we're going to be looking at here, and I like to break it down into age ranges. We've got a 12-inch kid's bike here. The 12-inch is typically going to be for a 2 to 4 year old. A 16-inch bike is generally for a child aged 4 to 6. A 20-inch wheel usually fits kids who are 6 to 8. And a 24-inch bike is for little ones from 8 to 10.

There are definitely a lot of variations in those, so those are guidelines. But here are some other things to look for. Keep in mind; we're trying to make this as confident as possible for your child. You want them to ride and grow in the sport of cycling.

Look at Top Tube and Saddle to Size a Kid's Bike

So I've brought with me a very big adult bike here that's my size to demonstrate some of the things that we're looking for. First of all, when your child is getting on their bike, we want to make sure that they're able to stand over the top tube with plenty of clearance to keep them comfortable. It would be really bad for them to get off of the saddle, sit down on the top tube, and hurt themselves.

Secondly, we want to make sure that when they're sitting on the saddle, they can have the balls of their feet on the ground. Having the balls of their feet on the ground is going to give them the best age range to grow with this bike. It's also going to keep them very confident if they have to get off the bike quickly.

Consider Reach When You Size a Kid's Bike

The last thing that we're going to look for is making sure that the reach of the bike is good for them. It's really bad when your kid is holding onto the handlebars and they go to turn, but they can't turn because their arms just aren't long enough to do that. So make sure the reach is good for them, the saddle is in a comfortable position to keep them comfortable on the ground and confident there, and also that they have some clearance over the top tube.

Some other things you want to be sure to look out for when you're getting a kid's bike is there are a lot of what I like to call bicycle-shaped objects out there. These are kid's bikes that have adult parts on them. So we're talking adult saddles, adult break levers, and maybe even adult pedals. It looks like a kid's bike and acts like a kid's bike, but it's not going to offer the best experience for your juvenile.

That's about all I have for you on how to size a kid's bike. To learn more about kid's bikes, join us on the Web at About.com.
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