All of us have ridden a bicycle at some point in our lives. Most parents love to pass the same feeling of freedom, the passion and the joy they felt when they rode a bike, to their children. The most common question is “How to get your kid to venture into the world of cycling?” It is very important to give your child a push into the cycling world, but also they require some space and time to pick up their pace on the saddle. Most children enjoy cycling. Cycling, coupled with a child’s imagination, leads to experiences, adventures and boundless energy – leading them to want to ride their bike for as long as they can.
However, to ensure that your child has a great time on the saddle, it is of utmost importance to choose the right bicycle that is the right size for them.
Never ever buy a bicycle with the idea that your kid will grow into it. The size of children’s cycles are sized going by wheel diameter. To find the right sized cycle for your child, you will have to account factors such as their age, height and in-seam measurement.
Kids aged in this age bracket are in their early formative years. Getting introduced to a bicycle at this time has an additional benefit for them. They are able to pick up cycling at a much faster rate this way. The levels of co-ordination and balance vary greatly in kids of this age. One of the best options to teach your children the balance and co-ordination is to start with a balance bike. These are basically cycles without a pedal. They help a child gain confidence balancing on a cycle without having to worry about pedalling too.
With a balance bike your child can easily sit… walk… and glide. Making the transition into a pedalled bicycle seamless. After all it’s the sense of balance that is necessary to attain, pedalling is the easy part.
At this age, kids are usually 2 feet 8 inches to 3 feet in height with an inseam measurement of 13 to 15 inches, and would require a bicycle that’s wheel size is 12 inches.
By now, children are very comfortable with cycling and have built confidence when it comes to being on the saddle.
At this age, children usually are 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 2 inches in height with an inseam measurement of 18 to 22 inches and would require a bicycle that has a wheel size of 16 inches.
Cycles up to 16” size are usually all single-speed cycles and are aimed at improving a child’s balance and co-ordination, in terms of grasping the concepts of cycling i.e. pedalling while maintaining balance, braking with the right amount of force etc.
If your kid has been riding a while now, they are probably experienced and very comfortable with riding and are ready to venture into the cycling world. Most children by this age start getting into cycling more actively and seriously.
At this age, children usually are 4 feet 10 inches in height and above and would require a bicycle that has a wheel size of 26 inches.
An important thing to keep in mind is to never buy your child a cycle that is too big for them, with the notion that they will grow into it. This will cause their introduction to cycling to be uncomfortable, and maybe even painful in some cases.