Frequent question: How do you size a bike?

What size bike do I need for my height?

#1 – Simple Size Chart

Your Height Bike Frame Size
4-11″ – 5’3″ 13 – 15 inches
5’3″ – 5’7″ 15 – 16 inches
5’7″ – 5’11” 16 – 17 inches
5’11” – 6’2″ 17-19 inches

How do you size a bike for a child?

Kids bikes are “sized” by the diameter of their wheels.

The tiniest pedal bikes start with 12-inch wheels while bigger bikes go all the way up to 24-inch wheels. When your kiddo is ready for 26-inch, they are generally ready for an adult size ride, although some bike manufacturers make smaller “youth” size 26″ bikes.

Should your feet touch the ground on a bike?

When you sit on the saddle, both feet should reach the floor and the balls of your feet should be touching the ground. … The handle bars on your bike should ideally be in line with your saddle or slightly above the saddle.

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Is it better to get a bigger or smaller bike frame?

If you want maximum speed and stability going downhill, the longer wheelbase of a larger bike is often appreciated. … However, if you are in between sizes and have the ability to get a different stem, a smaller road bike frame can lead to a faster, more comfortable, more stable, and better fitting bike.

What age is a 18 inch bike for?

Kids’ Bike Sizing Chart

Guide to Kid’s Bike Sizes
Age 4 – 8 34 – 42 inches 16 inches
Age 6 – 9 42 – 48 inches 18 inches
Age 8 – 12 48 – 56 inches 20 inches
Youth 56 – 62 inches 24 inches

What size bike fits a 6 year old?

Guide to Kids’ Bike Sizing

Bike Wheel Child Height (in.) Approx. Age
16-inch 39-48 5-8
20-inch 42-52 6-10
24-inch 50-58 8-12
26-inch 56+ 10+

What size bike should a 10 year old ride?

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.

How do I know if a bike is too big for me?

Besides stand over height, seat post height is usually where I look when sizing a new bike. I shoot for the post to be 3/4 of the way out of the frame, if your seat post is more than half way down then its probably too big.

How much does a bike fitting cost?

Many people are initially turned off from fittings, especially beginners, because of the price. Though they range in cost, a quality bike fitting generally comes in around $200 and usually takes no less than two hours.

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How do I know if my bike seat is too high?

If you go too high, you’ll notice you rock on the saddle or feel a strain at the back of the knee. Pedalling will cease to be smooth and circular, and you may feel your snatching at the bottom of the stroke. If you go too low, you’ll feel compression at the front of the knee.”

Do pros use smaller bike frames?

In more modern times, pros often use a smaller frame that a similarly sized recreational rider because they want to ride a big drop to the handlebars. As head tubes continue to grow for a given frame size, pros are forced onto smaller frames to maintain their positions.

Can a bike be too big?

There’s really nothing you can do about a bike that’s too big. Too small is a relatively minor issue, and means the bike might be less comfortable, and/or a bit less efficient on the climbs. Too big, means you need a new bike.

How do you know a bike is too small?

How to tell if it’s too small? Set the bike up to your specs (seat height, reach, saddle setback, bar to saddle height) and then stand back and take a critical look at it. If it looks wrong and out of proportion (like way too much or little seatpost, stem too long or short) then it is wrong.

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