Some of my best childhood memories involve riding a bicycle: playing cops and robbers with the other kids on my block, hurrying home from a baseball game just as streetlights came on, and racing on the "off road" track my friends and I built by the telephone company. My bike helped keep me active and healthy and established the love for biking that I carry with me today.
Children's bikes come in a variety of sizes and styles, from tricycles and push bikes to pedal bikes with and without training wheels. All of these options make it easy to fill the needs of every kind of young rider. Many companies even produce bicycles that grow with your child, offering easy-to-adjust parts that compensate for sudden growth spurts.
Sizing for children's bikes is based on wheel size. Generally speaking:
- · A 12-inch bike will fit a child aged 3 to 4.
- · A 16-inch bike will fit a child aged 4 to 6.
- · A 20-inch bike will fit a child aged 6 to 9.
- · A 24-inch bike will fit a child aged 9 to 12.
It is very important to note, however, that these are just estimates. Kids grow at different rates, so it's best to bring them with you to make sure the bike fits well!
Lindsay Capacio of Belmont Wheelworks says: