Bicycle Sizing FAQs

Do bikes come in different sizes?

Yes. Bikes come in different sizes for different size people. That's one of the things that distinguishes a bike shop quality bike from lesser quality ones. It's also what makes them more comfortable and easier to pedal.

How are bikes measured?

Adult bikes are measured by the frame size. Children's bikes are measured by their wheel diameter.

How do I determine what size bike to buy?

You determine what size bike to ride by standing over it. You should clear the top bar by at least an inch.

How do I determine what size bike to buy my child?

What size bike to buy your child is best determined by having them stand over it. They should clear the top bar by at least an inch. However, with childrens bikes, you can often go by their age.

How do I know what size bike to buy for someone else?

With our experience, we can help you determine the correct size needed if you know the recipient's height and general proportions.

Do I need to buy a woman's bike if I am a woman?

Just because you are a woman doesn't necessarily mean that you need a woman's bike. You do necessarily need a good fit. It could be that a "mens" bike will fit you better than a women's, especially if you are tall. The main thing is that you are comfortable on whatever bike you get. (A Little History)

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