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Tips for Buying the Right Bike for your Child

You love cycling. Now that you have a little one, it is time to get them into the sport you love! You have probably already sparked their interest by showing them how cool mom is on the bike and by taking them for rides in the trailer you pull all over town. But now it is time for your little guy or gal to have wheels of their own. We have put together a few tips to make buying your child a bike a little less confusing.

Unlike bicycles for adults, children’s bikes are not sized based on the frame height or length, instead, they are offered in sizes based on wheel size. Below is a chart you can use to determine the approximate size your child would need. Although children who are taller for their age may be able to size up to a larger wheel, they may not be as well equipped to deal with other changes as the bikes get larger: like multiple gears and hand brakes instead of coaster brakes. Sizing charts are a good place to start when choosing a bike for your child, but not a definitive answer. Once your child is over 4’10” (147 cm), he or she can ride an adult size bike with 26, 27.5, 29 or 700c wheels. Liv offers great options in XS and even XXS sizes