The diameter of the wheels of children’s bicycles is used to determine their ″size.″ The smallest pedal bikes have wheels as small as 12 inches in diameter, while the largest pedal cycles have wheels as large as 24 inches.Generally speaking, when your child is ready for a 26-inch bike, he or she is ready for an adult-sized ride, however certain bike manufacturers do create smaller ″junior″ size 26-inch bicycles.
What are the different wheel sizes for kids bikes?
Children’s bicycles are available in a variety of wheel sizes, including 12 inch, 14 inch, 16 inch, 18 inch, 20 inch, 24 inch, and recently even 26 inch. The diameter of the tire determines the size of the wheel (as shown below), and as the tire size increases, so does the size of the bicycle frame (see illustration below).
What size bike should a 12 year old have?
The typical wheel size for children’s bicycles is between 12 and 24 inches in diameter, and the bigger (and often older) your child is, the larger the wheels on his or her bicycle should be. Another method of determining bike size is to measure your child’s inseam, which is the distance between the floor and the child’s seat.