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BALANCE BIKE SIZING CHART

Choosing a balance bike THAT FITS Your CHILD

When choosing a balance bike for your little rider it's always important to choose the correct size. Not choosing the right size can frustrate your child and inhibited their ability to learn. It can also be dangerous. Most likely it's their first bike and we highly recommend that you purchase a bike that fits them now, not one that they will grow into.

1: Measure Your Child's Inseam

Inseam

Getting a proper fit on a balance bike requires one simple measurement, the inseam measurement. There are two easy ways to accomplish this:

  • Select a pair of their best-fitting pants and measure from the crotch to the bottom. The number of inches, to the nearest half-inch, is the inseam length.
  • Have them stand in their stocking feet with their feet slightly apart and back flat to a wall. Measure the length/distance between the floor and their crotch.

2: Review Our Sizing Charts

UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN BIKE SIZING
Average wheel sizes for kids bikes 10', 12", 14", 16", 20"

Wheel size Age Height Inseam
10" 18 mos-3 2'3"-3'1" 11.25-16"
12" 2-4 2'10"-3'4" 14-17"
14" 3-6 3'1"-3'7" 16-20"
16" 4-8 3'4"-4'0" 17-22"
20" 7-10 4'0"-4'5" 22-25"

The above chart provides a general guide of what age and height correlates with which bike size. Every manufacturer is slightly different and we strongly recommend reviewing model specification.

BY BRANDS AND MODELS
Match the inseam measurement to our chart. If your child is between 18 months and 10+ years of age, you will find a bike that will work.

Model AGEˆ Child Min. INSEAM Seat Height BIKE WT. Wheel Size Max Child Wt.
Bee & Raspberryby Muna 1.5-3 13" 12" - 17.5" 5.5 lb 10" 60 lb
ALPHA ZEROby Prevelo NEW 1.5+ 9.5" 10" - 13.5" 7.15 lb 12" 150 lb
12" MunaPinkie/FireTruck/Monsterby Muna 2-4 13.75" 13" - 18" 12 lb 12" 150 lb
Pro & Rabbitby Muna 2-4 13.75" 13" - 18" 10 lb 12" 175 lb
TooToo I & IIby Yedoo 2-4 12.75" 12" - 18.1" 8.1 lb 12" 132 lb
TooToo Aluby Yedoo 2-4 11.75" 11" - 19" 7.5 lb 12" 132 lb
Alpha Oneby Prevelor NEW 2.5-4 13.5" 12.5" - 16" 14.4 lb 14" 200 lb
12 Alley Runnerby Early Rider 2-5 14.5" 13.7” - 17.7” 7.2 lb 12" 200 lb
12 Chargerby TykesBykes 2-5 13.5" 13" - 17" 10 lb 12" 110 lb
SaracenFreewheel 2-5 13.5" 13" - 16.5" 10.5 lb 12" 120 lb
FirstBIKEwith lowering kit 2-5 13.75" 12.5" - 16.5" 7.7 - 8.5 lb* 12" 75 lb°
12" StriderCLASSIC, SPORT, PRO& Co-Branded 2-5 12" 11" - 16" 4.9 - 6.7 lb* 12" 60 lb
12" Striderwith extended seat 2-5 15" 14" - 19" 5 - 6.8 lb* 12" 60 lb
14 Trail Runner XLby Early Rider 3-5 15.5" 14.7" - 19.2” 8 lb 14" 200 lb
Ultralight Evoby Kundo 3-5 15.5" 14.5" - 17" 7.3 lb 12" 66 lb
Roadster & Dutchiby Linus 3-5 16.75" 15.75"-20" 12 lb 12" 150 lb
Scootby Ridgeback 3-6 15" 14" - 20" 11.3 lb 12" 200 lb
Dimension 12by Ridgeback 3-6 15" 14" - 20" 8.95 lb 12" 200 lb
Alpha Twoby Preveloo NEW 3.5-6 17" 16" - 25" 14.9 lb 16" 200 lb
16 Chargerby TykesBykes 4-7 16.5" 16" - 22" 14 lb 16" 110 lb
Scoot XLby Ridgeback 4-8 17" 16" - 22" 12.5 lb 14" 200 lb
Dimension 14by Ridgeback 4-8 17" 16" - 22" 9.95 lb 14" 200 lb
16" SPORTby Strider 6-12 20.5" 19.5" - 25.5" 17.7 lb 16" 187 lb
20" SPORTby Strider 13+ 27.5" 26.5" - 32.25" 21.2 lb 20" 242 lb

ˆRecommended rider age range by manufacturer.
*Indicates slight weight variations between models. Please review model specification.
°With the seat fully extended it's weight capacity actually goes down due to flexing and some deformation of the frame.

3: Bike Weight

A simple rule to follow when selecting a balance bike. A balance bike should weigh no more than 30% of your child’s weight. An easy way to determine this is to follow a simple calculation: (child's weight) x (0.3) = (max bike weight). For example, if a child weighs 25 lbs and we calculate this by the rule of 30% then their balance bike should weigh no more than 7.5 lbs.
(25 x 0.3 = 7.5)
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4: Helpful Tips & Factors To Consider

  • Buy for the now and not for the future. A bike that is too big for your child might lead to overall frustration and impair their ability to learn to balance on a bike.
  • If your child is 3 years old, most 12" bikes will fit them just fine. For children 2 and under or children over the age of 4, measure carefully.
  • You want your child to be able to step over the frame of the bike and have their feet firmly planted on the ground while sitting on the seat.
  • Check out our article, 10 Things You Should Consider Before Purchasing A Balance Bike.
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