What Size Bike Do I Need For My Child?

01 April 2019

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Choosing the right size bike for your youngster is critical to ensure they have a happy cycling experience. At Liv, we understand the importance of making bikes for future generations and we want to ensure that riding a bicycle is simply the wind in their hair and a smile on their face. No matter what bike you select for your aspiring athlete, choosing the correct size is essential to ensure ...

Choosing the right size bike for your youngster is critical to ensure they have a happy cycling experience. At Liv, we understand the importance of making bikes for future generations and we want to ensure that riding a bicycle is simply the wind in their hair and a smile on their face. No matter what bike you select for your aspiring athlete, choosing the correct size is essential to ensure a controlled and balanced ride.

Picking the correct size bike for your little one can often be harder than choosing a bike size for an adult as usually, it is the size of the wheels rather than the frame size that dictate the final choice. Selecting a bike with wheels that are too big could result in balancing issues, while going too small may mean the child has difficulty controlling the bike, so it’s paramount to find the right size bike (and wheels!) to suit your youngster.

One way of deciding which size bike your child needs is to match their age range and their height to the size of bike. Some of our stores have a handy chart on the wall which can allow you to do this with your child, but as a general rule of thumb you can follow the below guidance;

  • 2-4 years old and 94cm - 112cm tall – 12” wheels
  • 4-6 years old and 112cm – 124cm tall – 16” wheels
  • 6-9 years old and 124cm – 138cm tall – 20” wheels
  • 9-11 years old and 138cm – 148cm tall – 24” wheels
  • 11 years old + and 148cm – 154cm tall – 26” wheels (these are full sized adult wheels so now you can choose a bike based on frame size)

Many of our stores use this chart to make selecting the right size for your child as easy as possible!

The sizing information is intended to be used as a guide, and we would always recommend visiting a Giant retailer in person so the store staff can guide you on which bike would be most suited to your child and hopefully even let them try out a few before you commit.

There are a number of things you can look out for when it comes to finding the right size bike for your youngster –

-    The child MUST be able to put the balls of their feet firmly on the floor while sitting on the saddle. This is an important safety factor and will ensure the child can ride with confidence.

-    With the child seated on the bike, their arms should be just slightly bent when the hands are on the handlebars. If their arms are too straight, the bike is too long and therefore too big, the opposite being if their arms have a significant bend, the bike is too small and will be difficult for them to control.

-    The nature and design of a child’s bike put the youngster in an upright controlled position, so it’s worth noting that the rider should have very slight lean forward while on the bike to support a stable and balanced ride.

-    The rider should be able to stand over the top tube of the bike with both feet flat on the floor.

Many parents think that buying bikes for youngsters to grow into does sound like a cost-effective solution, however, remember buying a bike that fits the child perfectly offers a safety first cycling experience that will reap the rewards all around, including a happier and more controlled experience for your young rider. It’s also worth remembering that purchasing a quality bike does hold a second-hand value or could even be passed on to younger siblings.

The ARX ranges of children’s bikes from Giant is available in a choice of sizes so whether you’re looking for a 16” kids bike, a 20” kids bike or a 24” kids bike, Giant have you covered. All of our ARX bikes are constructed using an ultra-lightweight aluminium frame and are the lightest bikes in their class making them comfortable and easy to ride. A lower bottom bracket means a lower centre of gravity and added stability offering your little one a perfect fitting bike. With five super fun colourways and performance design inspired by big brother Giant, ARX comes with colour matching helmets so your young rider can choose their style, whether they want to blend in or stand out! ARX features versatile tyres that can handle rough roads, paths and even some dirt, so the bike can take whatever your child throws at it. It’s time to start planning your next adventure…

To read Cycling Weekly's review of the ARX, in which they awarded the bike a perfect score of 10/10, click here.

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