How to Fit Your Child for a Bike

How To Fit Your Child for a Bike - (cool) progeny

“Does my kid really need a bike that nice?”

 That’s a question Paul Cavalieri frequently hears at Race Pace Bicycles

The short answer is yes. Starting your child off on the right “pedal,” is pretty important. 

“We think it is incredibly important to have your child on a high quality new or used bike from day one,” said Paul.  “As a parent you will be relieved that the bicycle is safely assembled and ready to perform for a long time and your young rider will enjoy being on a properly fit bicycle that is easy to ride.” 

When it comes to buying the right size bike for your child, use the wheel diameter as a point-of-reference. According to most websites, 12 inch wheels are designed for kids starting off biking (think 3-5 year olds). Those in their early teens usually need a 24″ wheel. 

But it’s not just about the wheels. Here are some other key points to remember when fitting your child for a bike:

  • Your child should be able to straddle the middle of the bike with their feet flat on the ground on either side of the bike — with a good inch or two of clearance. The bike should not lean in order for them to touch the ground. 
  • Kids should be able to hop off of the bike easily. That means it should only require a slight lean when they are getting on before they push off and pedal away.
  • While riding, knees and legs should not be bouncing off of handlebars.
  • Children should be able to effortlessly turn handlebars without arms being overstretched.  

In all honesty, nothing beats five minutes with an expert when it comes to finding the right fit for your child.

Race Pace carries a broad selection of children’s bikes — from balance bikes without pedals to mountain bikes built for preteens. Each bike is fully-assembled (no ‘spare’ parts leftover during middle-of-the-night sessions before the birthday party) and expertly fit for the child.

Purchasing at a local bike shop versus a big box store usually comes with lots of other advantages. Race Pace offers free adjustments as your child grows and a trade-in program. Up to four years after your initial purchase, you can bring your bike into any store and trade it in. That doesn’t mean you won’t pay for a new bike — but they will assess the condition and give you as much value as they can toward your new purchase. 

“We try to offer a 40% trade- in value on new bikes that are purchased here when they are ready to trade it in for their child’s next bike,” said Paul. “If your child is to learn to love riding bikes, it has to be easy for them. We love it because we love to help young people start off right in cycling!”

Race Pace Bicycles has 7 locations in the Greater Baltimore area. Visit them to find your child’s perfect fit!


Are you participating in our 2018 Summer Passport program? Take your Passport to any Race Pace Bicycles location to receive $50 off a purchase of $399+, $20 off a purchase of $100+, or $10 off a purchase of $30+. Don’t have a passport yet? Buy one here. All of the deals and Play Date offers are good through Labor Day!

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Heather is editor-in-chief of (cool) progeny. When not scouting the best in everything kid and family, you'll probably find her running The Weisse Group or adventuring around town with her daughter (the Bug), her son (the Little Lion Man), her daughter BabyM, and husband Patrick. Can be won over with a good glass of wine or something homemade. Addicted to Pinterest. A two-cups-of-coffee-a-day kinda gal. Only pretends to know what she's doing with her SLR, even though she's got a fantastic lens on it.Thankful it does most of the work for her. Navigating the world of special needs parenting. Trying to pay it forward one day at a time. #littlelionchallenge

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