Bicycle Sizing FAQs
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.
Adult bikes are measured by the frame size. Children's bikes are measured by their wheel diameter.
You determine what size bike to ride by standing over it. You should clear the top bar by at least an inch.
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.
With our experience, we can help you determine the correct size needed if you know the recipient's height and general proportions.
No. You do not, of course, need to buy a woman's bike just because you are a woman. You do, however, need to have a good fit. Bicycles these days are a unisex product. They also come in many sizes. That means you can get a good fit in a "mens" bike as well as a women's.
However, you may want to consider a woman's bike (or step-thru frame) if you are around 5' tall or so. This design works well for smaller people as it provides more clearance over the top bar than a men's bike. A woman's bike can also be a good choice if you have a baby seat on the back, or if perhaps you've had an injury to where swinging your leg over the bike to get on, is more difficult than stepping through it. (A Little History)
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