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Choosing the right size bicycle for your child

A wrong size bicycle can cause your child to lose control and be injured. Any bike must be the correct size for your child.

  • Do not force your child to ride a 2-wheeled bicycle until he is ready. This is around age 5 or 6.
  • Take your child with you when shopping for a bicycle so that he can try it out.
  • Buy a bicycle that is the right size for your child, not one that he will “grow into.”
  • How to test any style of bike for proper fit:
    • Sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, your child must be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground.
    • Straddling the center bar, your child should be able to stand with both feet flat on the ground with about a 1-inch clearance between the crotch and the bar.
    • When buying a bike with hand brakes for an older child, make sure that the child can comfortably grasp the brakes and apply sufficient pressure to stop the bike.
    • Always have a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) helmet for your child when he is riding a bike.


Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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