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Balance Bike Sizing Chart | Kids Bike Sizing Guide

Balance Bike Sizing

HoMeasure Childs Inseamw do you pick the correct size balance bike?  Look no further.

We want to make sure you buy the correct sized bike, so we made it easy to measure your child's inseam and then use that information in this handy balance bike sizing chart below.

The best way to fit a child to a balance bike is by measuring the child's inseam (see image below).  To do this, make sure the child is wearing shoes and while standing measure the distance from floor to crotch area.  Once you have this measurement, subtract 1”.  This new measurement will be the maximum seat height for your child to ride the bike safely. For example; if your child’s inseam measurement is 19”, you would subtract 1” bringing the maximum seat height value to 18”. Now you can shop for bikes with seat heights that are 18” or less.



 If you have any questions about bike sizing, give us a call and we would be more than happy to help you out.

WOOM1   Alum 12" Yes 10" - 15" $199 1-4 Years  
Cruzee OvO   Alum 12" No 12" - 18" $159 2-4 Years  
Cleary Starfish   Alum 12" Yes 12" - 18" $199 2-4 Years  
TykesBykes Scamper   Alum 12" Yes 12.5" - 17" $119 2-4 Years  
KinderBike Mini   Alum 12" Yes 11" - 20.5" $109 18m - 5  
KinderBike Laufrad   Alum 12" Yes 13" - 22.5" $109 2-6 Years  
KinderBike BMX   Alum 12" Yes 13" - 22.5" $109 2-6 Years  
Yedoo TooToo   Steel 12" Yes 12" - 16" $160 18m - 4 Years  
Saracen   Alum 12" Yes 13"-16.5" $189 2-4 Years  
Ridgeback Dimension 12   Alum 12" Yes 14" - 20" $299 3-5 Years  
Ridgeback Scoot   Alum 12" Yes 14" - 20" $169 3-5 Years  
Ridgeback Dimension 14   Alum 14" Yes 15" - 21" $299 3-5 Years  
TykesBykes Charger   Steel 16" Yes 16" - 22" $129 4-9 Years  
Ridgeback Scoot XL    Alum 14" Yes 16" - 22" $179 4-8 Years  
 Early Rider Alley Runner    Alum  14"  No  14.5"-18.5"  $209  3-5 Years  





We can't stress enough about the proper fitting and sizinng of a balance bike or pedal bike for kids.  I understand how parents want to purchase a bike that will last a few years for kids and end up buying a bike for kids to "grow into".  This ends up creating a bad "first experiences" with kids on bikes that are way too tall for their kids and they end up using training wheels to keep them upright.  The kids are brealy able to touch the pedals and in most cases can't even touch the ground!  This is such an unsafe situation that almost always leads to kids being turned off about biking and sometimes creates accidents.  So, focus on the bikes geometry and size and contact us with any questions you have regarding the proper sizing of a balance bike or pedal bike for kids.



Pedal Bike Sizing

 When choosing a pedal for your bike, here are a few of the things to look out for:

  • You want a bike with plenty top tube clearance, also called stand over height, so they can safely hop off the saddle.  You need to be able to stand over the frame when stopped and not pedaling.  A bike that is too large will cause a teetering affect that usually results in a child falling to one side when dismounting or stopping.
  • You want a bike that’s easy for a child to manage. A bike that’s too long is harder to control and harder to steer. A bike with 12″ wheels will not only be shorter in height than a 16″ wheeler, it will also be shorter in length. Then again, you also don’t want a child that is too big for a big and their knees hit the handlebars when making sharp turns.
  • The weight of a bike also affects maneuverability and comfort. You want a bike that’s easy to manage. Heavy bikes are hard for younger riders just building their strength. A great deal of weight comes from the frame material but also the components.  Some steel bikes can be as light as aluminum bikes due to lightweight components.  In contrary, some of our aluminum bikes can weigh more than a steel bike due to the amount of features and components; suspension bikes tens to weigh more than non-suspension bikes.
  • You want a bike that will last as long as possible: Small enough to straddle, yet big enough to offer years of growth, and of good enough quality to pass on or be able to sell and recoup some of the initial cost. We offer kids bike from well-respected, quality brands.


Bike Sizing Based Upon Height

Wheel SizeAgeHeight
12″ 2-3 2’10”-3’4″ 85-100 cm
14″ 3-4 3’1″-3’7″ 95-110 cm
16″ 4-5 3’7″-4’0″ 110-120 cm
20″ 5-8 4’0″-4’5″ 120-135 cm
24″ 8-11 4’5″-4’9″ 135-145 cm
26″ 11+ 4’9″+ 145+ cm