# Quick Answer: How To Size A Child For A Bike?

## How do you determine bike size?

How to calculate a bike size? Measure your inseam!

1. Stand close to a wall, your feet should be 6-8″ (15-20 cm) apart.
2. Place a large, hardcover book between your legs – it will simulate the saddle.
3. Mark where the book’s spine touches the wall.
4. Measure the distance from that point to the floor – that’s your inseam.

## Is a 16 inch bike good for a 5 year old?

A 16-inch bike is typically the best bike size for five-year-old or six-year-old children depending on their height. This 16-inch bike includes a freewheel and hand brakes which take kids a step closer to an adult bike. The Hedgehog’s hand brakes are durable and small – designed for little hands.

## Can a 6 year old ride a 20 inch bike?

A 20 inch bike is generally the best fit to buy for 6 and 7-year-olds. If your child is already 8 or is a very tall 7-year-old, also consider 24-inch bikes as they would offer more room for growth. If a child starts on a 20 inch bike when they are 6 or 7, they can likely continue to ride it while they are 8 years old.

## How far can a 5 year old bike?

The distance should be roughly equivalent to your child’s age, so a five-year old – 5 miles; a ten-year old – 10 miles etc.

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## Is a 20-inch bike too big for a 5 year old?

In general, children between the ages of 3 and 5 can comfortably use bikes with 12-inch diameter wheels. Kids between 4 and 7 years old will need 16-inch wheels, 5- to 10-year-olds require 20-inch wheels and kids from 8 to 14 years old will need a bike with 24-inch diameter wheels.

## What size child does a 20-inch bike fit?

Most 8 and 9-year-olds will fit on a 20-inch wheel bike. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old (or older) will likely use the 24-inch size. Keep in mind that if your 10-year-old is smaller, they may still be more comfortable with a 20-inch bike wheel.