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Why Balance Bike Size is important?
As I have mentioned in Balance Bike Buying Guide before, “Size” is a vital factor you should consider carefully when choosing the best balance bike for toddlers and preschoolers. There are various types of balance bikes out there but surely there is no one-size-fits-all.
Don’t buy a balance bike too big because the last thing you would want to do is scar your child emotionally and physically for life. Although a big balance bike might not harm young rider seriously but it will destroy their ability to control with confidence and comfort.
Conversely, if you buy a bike that is too small for older kids, they may feel silly sitting on and that will also ruin their confidence.
Ultimately, an ill-fitting balance bike makes kids to sit in the wrong position that may lead to poor performance in learning and cause cycling injuries in the long run.
How to find the perfect size for kid balance bike?
Normally, the proper way that we should choose balance bikes is by reference to the wheel size. The reason why wheel size is a key factor in determining the best balance bike for your child is that it determines the proportions for the rest of the bike. Balance bikes’ wheel sizes are generally available with 12″, 14″, 16″, 20″ tires. For most kids, 12-inch is very popular and it is the best size to start with!
For detailed instruction, follow these steps and you’ll find this issue is not a challenging problem at all.
Step 1: Measure kid’s inseam
Since a child might be short or tall for his/her age, “age” alone is not reliable enough to determine the size of the balance bike. The most common way to find the appropriate size is to measure your child’s inseam. You can accomplish this by two easy ways:
1 – Let kid stands up straight with his/her back flat to the wall and legs slightly apart. Then use measuring tape to measure the length or distance between the floor and kid’s crotch.
2 – Sometimes, it can be tricky to keep active kids to stand still. So you can determined the inside seam by selecting a pair of your child’s best-fitting pants and measure from the crotch to the bottom.
Step 2: Figure out the weight
As you know, a balance bike should weigh no more than 30% of your child’s weight. Follow a simple formula to choose the ideal weight when buying a balance bike:
[your child’s weight]x 0.3 = [max balance bike weight]
For example, by age 2, my daughter weighed 23 pounds and I calculated this by the rule of 30% then an ideal balance bike should weigh no more than 6.9 – 7 pounds. (23 x 0.3 = 6.9).
Step 3: Consult the size chart
Once you measured your child’s inseam and max weight of a bike you plan to buy, review the following chart to narrow down your choices:
Balance Bike Sizing Chart
|Model||Age||Wheel Size||Min Inseam||Seat Height||Bike Weight||Max Child's Weight|
|12" Strider |
(Classic, Sport, Pro)
|2-5||12"||12"||11" - 16"||4.9 - 6.7 lb*||60 lb|
(with extended seat)
|2-5||12"||15"||14" - 19"||5 - 6.8 lb*||60 lb|
|12" Mini Glider||2-5||12"||12"||12" - 18" ||8 lb||100 lb|
|KaZAM||3-5||12"||15"||14" - 17.5"||11.2 lb||75 lb|
|12" Schwinn||2-5||12"||14"||14″ - 16.5″||10.5 lb||N/A|
|yBike||2-4||18"||N/A||10.2″ (Seat does not adjust)||11 lb||N/A|
|3-5||12"||15"||14″-18″||7.7 - 8.5 lb*||75 lb|
|Skuut||2.5-5||12"||13.5"-16.5"||10.8 lb||70 lb|
To sum up, here are some helpful tips to consider:
1 – Remember to buy a balance bike that fits your kids now, not one that they will grow into
2 – Measure carefully if your kids are 2 years old and under, or over the age of 4. For 3 years old children, most 12″ bikes will fit them just fine.
3 – When in doubt, choose the lightest bike.
Once you’ve chosen the best balance bike, don’t hesitate to share with us which bike chosen. We’d love to hear about it!