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Row of rainbow colored Strider bicycles for sale

The Broken Spoke has a Kids Buy Up Program!

Kids bikes initially purchased from The Broken Spoke can be traded in for up to 50% of their original value towards the child's next bike.
*The trade-in value will be assessed at the time of trade-in.
*The buy-up process continues through the first 26-inch wheel/adult bike. ​

Consider buying a bike that fits well now, rather than too large to "grow into". The wrong sized bike 
may slow down learning, affect confidence, and throw off the rider's balance. Properly sized bikes are easier to handle, safer, more comfortable, and more fun to ride. The best indication of the right size is how comfortable the rider feels on the bike. 

To get the right fit, it’s always best to have the child try several bikes out in person. That way they can sit on the seat, grip the handlebars, test the brakes and take the bike for a spin to make sure it fits and they can pedal comfortably. We are here to help you find the best bike possible.   

What size bike does a child need?
One that fits well!

The first thing to know is that youth bikes are measured by the wheel size rather than frame size. The most common kids bikes are 12", 16", 20" and 24" wheels. The most common adult bikes are 26" and 29" wheels.

Wheel size is just one starting point to consider. The following chart is a rough guide and should not be used as a substitute for trying out a bike in person. We all know kids are all different sizes- differences in height, torso, legs, etc.

Bike Wheel       Approx. Age    Inseam (inside leg length)

12-inch              2-4                     12-17"

14-inch              3-5                     16-20"

16-inch              5-8                     18-22"

20-inch              6-10                    21-25"

24-inch              8-12                    24-28"

What to look for when your child is trying a new bike?

  • Stand over height.  Should be able to straddle the bike with their feet on the floor so their crotch is not resting on the top tube of the bike... for comfort and safety.

  • Comfortably grip handle bar (with slight elbow bend).  Should be able to steer easily and squeeze brakes. 

  • Seat height.  Legs should be slightly bent at the bottom of the pedal stroke. 

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