Buying a bike for your kid shouldn’t be a hassle, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re selecting the perfect gift for them–especially if that’s the bike they’re going to ride for the first time.
Parents tend to go and get a bike that somehow “feels right”, or they consider the size of the tires as a rule of thumb to get the right one, but the best approach is actually simpler and makes a ton more sense!
The magic number to consider when selecting the best bike is your kid’s inseam. You can easily measure it by telling them to stand straight against a wall, and place a hardbound book between the legs at the height of their crotch. Measure the height from the ground up to the spine of the book, and presto! That’s your kid’s current inseam.
From there you can easily select the appropriately sized wheels and adjust the seat’s height. The point of all of this is that your kid should be able to sit comfortably on the bike while placing their feet flat on the ground to balance the bike.
Many of us might not remember how it was to ride our first bike (or when our parents removed the training wheels), but it can be terrifying for some kids. The proper bike size can help provide some comfort for your kid as they develop the ability to ride the bike. By being able to feel or touch the ground if they need to, this will make them feel safer and more secure while they partake in the amazing world of cycling.