How to Select a Right Size Bicycle for Your Kid?

Every parent wants to see his/her kid happy. That is why; parents try to buy everything that can bring smile on their kids’ faces. If your kid has reached the age at which he can learn to ride a bike then bicycle is one of the best gifts that you can buy for your child. Bicycle riding is a fun activity that offers immense pleasure and a sense of independence to kids.

It is to be noted that whenever you buy bicycle for your kid always choose the right size bicycle for your kid – the one that fits him well.  If you buy a bike that is too small for your kid, he/she will feel cramped and discomfited. On the other hand, if you buy a bike that’s too big for your kid, he/she will not be able to control it well and might injured him/herself. Therefore, you should never buy a wrong size bicycle that makes your kid feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

Everyone knows that bicycles have different sizes. While, kids have different ages and height. There is not a single bike in the market that is fit for all sizes of kids. Then, how you can choose the right bicycle for your kid? For your help and guidance, we are presenting useful guidelines below so that you can buy a right size bicycle for your kid.

  • We love to give surprise gifts to our kids. But, when you go out to buy bicycle for your kid, it is good to take him/her to the bicycle shop so that he can try out bike there and buy the one that fits him/her well and is comfortable enough for him/her.


  • The reference point while choosing bicycle for kids is diameter of the wheel. Kids’ bicycles are sized in the light of diameter of wheels. Kids’ bicycles usually come with 12, 16, 20 and 24 inch diameter wheels. A bike with12 inch diameter wheel is considered perfect for kids aged 3 to 5 years. While, 16 inch wheeled bike is good for kids aged 4 to 7 years. Kids who are 5 to 10 years old will need a bike with 20 inch diameter wheels. Kids aged 8 to 14 years require a bike with 24 inch diameter wheels.


  • According to International Bicycle Fund, kids’ bike should be chosen by keeping in view child’s age and inseam measurement. Inseam is the length of the leg, from crotch to ankle. A kid aged 2 to 4 years having 14-17 inch inseams requires 12 inch diameter wheels. Kids aged 5 to 8 years with 18 to 22 inch inseams need 16 inch diameter wheels. While kids that have ages between 7 to 10 years having 22- 25 inseams require 20 inch diameter wheels. Kids who are 9 years old and older than 9 years having 24 to 28 inch inseams need 24 inch diameter wheels.