Don't spin your wheels: Pick a bicycl...

Don't spin your wheels: Pick a bicycle that your child will like

There are 7 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 27, 2008, titled Don't spin your wheels: Pick a bicycle that your child will like. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The biggest mistake parents make when choosing a bike is getting one that is too big.

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Mom of 4

Chicago, IL

#1 May 27, 2008
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.
Could we try to remember that kids come in different sizes despite their age?

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.
AviationMetalSmi th

Brooklyn, NY

#2 May 27, 2008
I agree with what Mom0f4 said. A bike with 24 inch wheels is the biggest bike some people can ride. My Daughter designed a custom bike;
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q119/hotbi...
and it had 24 inch wheels. We eventually sold it because someone offered us twelve hundred dollars for it.

22 inch wheels are available in France, but not in the United States. It's a shame because it's the right size for some people.

If you are a petite woman, you have to make sure you demand the bike with 24 inch wheels, because the salesman will try to sell you a bike with 26 inch wheels. That happens all the time.
Allentown Mom

Philadelphia, PA

#3 May 27, 2008
That was my first thought when I read this article. My 5-year-old son is very small and we just bought him his first real bike - a 10 inch! The 12 inch was just a bit too big.

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Could we try to remember that kids come in different sizes despite their age?
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.
Peter Pecker

Chesterfield, MO

#4 May 28, 2008
Mom of 4 wrote:
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Could we try to remember that kids come in different sizes despite their age?
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.
Hey idiot, 26" is the standard wheel size in a adult mountain type bike. There is no 26" frame. And yes someone 4'8" could ride a bike with 26" wheels, as long as it is the correct size frame. Being an adult, you will look like more of a tool than you really are riding a bike with 26" wheels!
pssk

Chestnut Hill, MA

#5 Aug 12, 2008
Peter Pecker wrote:
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Hey idiot, 26" is the standard wheel size in a adult mountain type bike. There is no 26" frame. And yes someone 4'8" could ride a bike with 26" wheels, as long as it is the correct size frame. Being an adult, you will look like more of a tool than you really are riding a bike with 26" wheels!
Your comment would have been helpful without all the derogatory language.
brenda

Toronto, Canada

#6 Apr 10, 2014
I'm also looking for a bike with a 22inch wheel for my grandson. Were can we get one/order one
brenda

Toronto, Canada

#7 Apr 10, 2014
I"m also looking for a bike witha 22inch for my grandson where can I buy/order one

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