Could we try to remember that kids come in different sizes despite their age?For children ages 2 1/2 to 4, Madden recommends a 12-inch wheel; for ages 3 to 5, a 14-inch wheel; for ages 5 to 7, a 16-inch wheel; for age 7 to 9, a 20-inch wheel; for ages 9 to 11, a 24-inch wheel and for ages 11 and older, a 26-inch wheel.
A 20 inch bike for my 8 year old? I don't think so! I just bought her a 16 inch bike, and if anything, it's a smidge on the big side. But 12 inch is definitely too small.
And likewise, a 24" bike for my soon to be 10 year old? Not a chance! She currently rides an 18" bike, and we're shopping for a 20" bike for her.
And for me...at an age that I will not discuss...I need a 24" bike. My *older* sister could use a 22" bike--if there were such a thing. But some idiot didn't take into account that she is only 4'8" tall, and sold her a 26" bike.