Choosing a Bicycle
To choose the best bicycle for you, consider size, frame, and seat height, as well as the type of roads or trails you ride on. Here are some guidelines:
To keep your family safe, choose bikes that are the right size right now for each person. In general, smaller bikes are easier to handle than larger bikes. It’s better to modify a small bike to fit correctly than ride one that is too big.
To check if you and your children are riding bikes with the correct frame height, use the handy measuring guides below. A safe frame height varies with the style of bike and the type of riding you do.
For a bicycle with ‘drop’ handlebars (touring or racing bikes):
When standing flat-footed over the bike, ensure there is between 2 and 5 cm of clearance between you and the top tube.
For a bicycle with ‘flat’ handlebars (mountain bikes):
For on-road use: When standing flat-footed over the bike, ensure there is between 2 and 5 cm of clearance between you and the top tube.
For off-road use: When standing flat-footed over the bike, there should be between 7.5 and 10 cm of clearance between you and the top tube.
For all-around riding: Guidelines fall between the other options, so there should be between 5 and 7.5 cm between you and top tube when you stand flat-footed over your bike.
Establish the correct seat height as follows:
1.Sit on your bike with the pedal at the lowest point.
2. Place your heel on the pedal of the bike. Your leg should be fully extended in this position.
3. Test ride. If there is a slight bend in your knees when you ride with the balls of your feet on the pedals, you have a correct and safe seat height.