The most common question we are asked by parents shopping for bikes in our shop is, “How long will this bike last?” We totally understand. Our bikes are not cheap and kids will definitely grow.
The guiding principle behind what we do is to ensure your child’s confidence grows and is sustained as a cyclist. If they are confident, they will have more fun and want to ride more.
If a child has a bike which is too big, then they will not feel in control of it and it will undermine their confidence (and their desire to use the bike). So a bigger bike might be a false economy.
Generally speaking, the smaller the bike (and the rider) the less time it will last in terms of fit. For example, 16 inch wheel bikes tend to fit for 18 months to 2 years. 24 inch wheel bikes should fit for 2 to 3½ years. It’s worth noting that many of the bikes we sell retain a great deal of value when sold as used. Also, we will always accept a bike bought from us in part exchange for a new bike
Inside leg measurement is the key fact you need to know when buying a bike from our website. This will ensure you don’t put your child on a bike which is too big or too small.
Each bike has been measured by us and a range of inside leg measurements recorded on the website for every bike. The range is shown for each bike on its product page. You can also search for bikes by inside leg measurement using our advanced search tool.
To accurately measure your child’s inside leg, please follow the instructions below or watch the video.
- Stand your child against a wall, with their back and heels right against the wall.
- Ensure their feet are an adult hand’s width apart.
- Put the spine of a book vertically against the wall and between their legs.
- Push the book as high as is comfortable.
- Hold the book against the wall and ask them to step away from the wall
- Measure from the floor to the top of the book in centimetres.
- Repeat steps 1-6 twice to ensure you are getting a consistent measurement.