Keepin it Wheel
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
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Kid Fit Pics
Since this is a Recreational & Family
forum, it seems to me to make sense to have a discussion about what size bikes fit what size kids.
So to get it started, here are pics of my three boys on their steeds. Sorry they're so big (and blurry)! The camera was focused on the fence across the street while they rode by and I tried to click at the right time.
Anyways, the the point is simply to get an idea of fit. Feel free to tell me whether I have them on the right size bikes, upload pics of your own kids, or just read to help decide what size bike to get your own kid!
Here's my #1 on his Mongoose MTB with 26" slicks, seat all the way down. He's 60.5" tall.
Here's #2 on his new (to him) Haro V-Bone 24". The seat could maybe go down another inch or so. But I'm hoping this bike will last him 3 years until I can put him on a 26" like his big brother. Right now he's 52.75"
And here's #3 on his Trek 60 (6 speeds in the back, one small chainring in the front). Obviously, the seat is pretty high, but I think I can get another year out of it. He's 51" tall.
I think the bikes fit the kids just fine. My biggest complaints are:
- Twist/grip-shifters are hard for little hands, and that's what's on bikes #2 and #3. Are triggers that much more expensive?
- The chainring on the Trek 60 is SO small (but seems par for the course with this level of kids bike) they can't get up any decent speed, and have no chance to keep up with their brothers.
- Knobbly mountain tires are also holding them back. Why can't kids bikes be outfitted by default with more like a commuter tire?