How To Measure A Kids Bike – Tips and Tricks

Finding the right bike size for your kid is important, so your child can mount, ride, and dismount the bike as easily and safely as possible. A bike that’s too small will feel cramped, and one too big and your child’s feet won’t even touch the floor.

So, to help you choose the right bike, we’ve provided this comprehensive guide on how to measure a kid’s bike, including some helpful tips and tricks for you!

Types of Bikes

There are many different types of bicycles for kids, and even more so for adults. When it comes to children’s bikes, you’ll find cute stroller bikes and run bikes for toddlers, mini bikes with training wheels for young children, and 26” wheel bikes for tweens and teens. Essentially, these bicycle types are categorized based on age group and wheel size.

Kids Bike Sizes

Bicycles for children are classified according to sizes, which are determined by a couple of factors, most commonly being the wheel size, which is what manufacturers use to measure a kids bike size. If you’re wondering, “What size bike should I get?”, we’ve prepared a definitive guide for you:

How to measure a kid’s bike – step by step

If you’ve found (or already have) a bike for your little one, and want to find out whether it’s the right fit for him/ her, here’s a quick and easy way on how to size a bike using the bike wheel:

1.   Measure the diameter of the bike tire

One thing you can do is to measure the outer diameter of either the front or rear wheel (including the rubber tire) by using a measuring tape or ruler. Take several measurements to ensure that you’re getting the correct number.

2.   Check the tire for the size

Better yet, examine the tire and look for the markings indicating its dimensions. The first dimension should be the tire diameter (the second one is the tire thickness). For a more accurate measurement, you may opt to do both steps 1 and 2.

3.   Find the correct bike on the size chart

The wheel size roughly represents the kids bike size. Take a look at the size chart below and look for your bike’s wheel size.

Kids bike size chart

Here is a complete bike size guide so you can find the perfect bike for your kid:

Bike Type Run Bike Training Wheels Training Wheels 2-Wheel Bike 2-Wheel Bike Adult Bike
Wheel Size 8 to 12 inches 12 to 14 inches 16 inches 20 inches 24 inches 26 inches
Approx. Age 2 to 3 yrs 2 to 4 yrs 3 to 6 yrs 5 to 9 yrs 8 to 13 yrs 10+ yrs
Child Height 31 ½ to 40 inches 31 ½ to 44 inches 34 ½ to 48 inches 40 to 56 inches 46 to 66 inches 60+ inches
Approx. Inseam 15 to 18 inches 15 to 20 inches 16 to 22 inches 19 to 25 inches 23 to 28 inches 25+ inches

Kids bike sizes by age

As you can see above, we’ve got toddler bike sizes with small 8 to 14-inch wheels. These are mostly run bikes and stroller bikes, meaning, they come with a handlebar for you, and no pedals so your little one can just enjoy moving forward by “walking” while on a bike.

Once your kid is a little bigger and is eager to really ride a bicycle, a 14-inch bike with training wheels is a suitable bike for a 3-year-old, or a 16-inch bike for 5-year-olds.

2-wheel bikes with 20 to 26-inch wheels (or the less common 18-inch bikes) are best for bigger kids, tweens, teenagers, and adults. At this point, your child’s inseam and the bike height becomes important.

little boy on a kids bike

Additional bike size factors

As we’ve mentioned earlier, wheel size is not the only factor that affects the size of your child’s bike. So, for a better and more accurate bike fitting, take these other factors into consideration:

Height and inseam

You might be thinking you need to determine the bike frame size. Well, that mostly applies for adult bikes. When it comes to bicycles for the youth group, the height we are referring to is your child’s height, as well as his or her inseam. This is important since most children’s bikes don’t come with adjustable saddles and handlebars.

If you look at the size chart we’ve provided above, you’ll see how the child height and inseam play into effect.

How to measure the inseam

Your kid’s height alone is not definitive enough to help you pick the perfect bike size. For one thing, boys and girls of the same age and height may have different inseam measurements, so a bike that fits one may not work for the other.

To measure your child’s inseam, grab a thick book, and have your kid stand firmly on the floor, with feet slightly apart. Insert the book, spine side up, between his legs, until the spine rests firmly against his crotch. The distance from the floor to the book spine is his inseam.

Rider’s experience

How well your little one rides a bicycle is also important. For example, even if your child is big enough to ride a 20” bike, if he doesn’t know yet how to balance, then getting a bike with training wheels may be better and safer. Or, he may be on the smaller side, but already cycles like a pro. In this respect, factor in your kid’s riding experience when buying a kids bike.

Consider growth

Of course, you also need to allow some room for growth. You want your child to be able to use the bike comfortably even after a couple of years. Getting a bike that’s too small means your kid won’t be riding it for long. (But then again, don’t get a bike that your kid will have to wait a year to be able to ride.)

Bike equipment

Bonus facts: here is some must-have bicycle equipment so your kid can ride safely at all times, no matter what:

Reflectors and lights– while you wouldn’t want a toddler outside past sunset, older kids tend to love riding around the neighborhood during the early evenings, hence, reflectors and bright headlights are important.

Chainguard – little kids love to explore, but bike chains shouldn’t be included in their list of playthings. Chain guards should be present on a kids bike to prevent accidents like your kid’s foot getting trapped in the chain, or your kid touching the greasy chain.

Brakes– of course, with any bicycle, strong and fast brakes are important so your kid can stop as needed. So, when purchasing a bike for your little one, make sure that the brakes are good quality as well.

Overview

You can easily and confidently choose the right bike size for your child as long as you know what to look for. Of course, you can also choose to tow your kids so you can go on adventures together. If that sounds like fun, check out these best bike trailers.

To sum things up, the right way to measure a kids bike is by factoring in everything, from determining the wheel size, measuring your child’s height and inseam, then factoring in your child’s age and riding experience, as well as making room for growth.

That’s it! If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear them!

How To Tighten A Bike Chain – A Step-By-Step Guide

Your bike chain is always in motion, which means it gets worn out easily, or come loose while you’re cycling. There are a variety of reasons why this happens, such as heavy loads carried in your favorite bike trailer, improper adjustments, incorrect chain length, and so on. The good thing is, it’s easy to fix! As long as you’re prepared to get your hands greasy, that is.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to tighten a bike chain for both single-speed and multi-speed bikes. But first, let’s differentiate between the two:

Single-speed vs. multi-speed bike

As the name implies, single-speed bikes have only one gear setting, which makes them easy to maintain as they hold up well for much longer. On the other hand, bikes with a derailleur, or multi-speed bikes, have anywhere from 3 to 27-speed settings, which make them highly versatile and less exhausting to ride.

The downside to these bikes with derailleurs is that its very function makes it more high maintenance, especially since the bike chain wears out faster.

What you’ll need

If you have a multi-speed bike such as a mountain bike, you’ll be needing an axle nut removal tool to get your bike chain fixed and tightened. Or, if you have a derailleur bike, you’ll need a wrench that fits your derailleur screw. If you want to make the task easier, you may also opt to use a chain tensioner or a chain tightening tool.

Before you start…

First things first: before you proceed with tightening the chain on your bike, make sure that it’s not damaged or broken in any way. The same goes for your bike’s gears. If there’s any damage, tightening the chain is futile, as these parts will need replacement. Moreover, thoroughly clean the chain and gears regularly.

How to tighten a bike chain

Here’s how you can tighten the bike chain of a single-speed bike in five easy steps:

Step 1: Flip the bike

bicycle flipped onto handlebars

The first step is to position your bike in such a way that it stands on its handlebars and saddle. This will make things easier for you to fix the bike chain, especially if you’re working with a single-speed bike. Alternatively, you can work on your bicycle by using one of the best bike repair stands.

Step 2: Loosen the tire

Once the bike is in position, carefully loosen the rear tire by partially unscrewing the axle nuts holding the tire in place. You can do this with an axle nut removal tool. Once the tire is loose, you’ll be able to work on adjusting the chain tension.

Step 3: Move the tire

Next, gently tug on the rear tire to pull it back from the bike, which should increase the tension on the bike chain. Do this slowly, so as to not damage or break the chain.

Step 4: Find the right tension

As you pull on the rear tire, try tugging on the chain to test its tension. It should move a bit- no more than half an inch in either direction. This is your ideal chain tension.

Step 5: Tighten the rear tire

Finally, fit the rear tire back into the bike frame, and using your axle nut removal tool, tighten the axle nuts back into place, taking care to keep the tire in position. If it comes into contact with the bike frame or the chain, loosen the axle nuts slightly and make the necessary adjustment to reposition the tire, before screwing the axle nuts securely into place.

And, you’re done! Just check the chain tension once more by tugging on it, and spin the tire to see whether it bumps into the chain or bike frame.

How to tighten a multi-gear bike chain

If you have a multi-speed bike, follow these three simple steps to tighten your bike chain:

Step 1: Unscrew the derailleur screw

Before you start, stand your bike steadily in such a way that you can easily work on the rear tire, either by flipping the bike over, or using a bike stand. Once that’s done, locate the derailleur screw (it’s on the back of the derailleur and marked with a “B”). Rotate this screw clockwise to tighten the bike chain.

Take note, we are working on the rear derailleur only, so don’t touch the front derailleur.

Unscrewing a screw to fix a bike chain

Step 2: Get access to the rear wheel

The next step is to disconnect the shifter cable by releasing the brake’s quick-release levers, which should give you access to the rear wheel.

Step 3: Adjust the rear wheel

Moving on to the rear dropouts, slowly slide the axle wheel backward, working in small increments at a time and lowering the release lever each time to check whether you’ve got the ideal chain tension. Once you’re satisfied with the tension, reattach the shifter cable, make sure the levers and derailleur screws are in place, and the wheel spins smoothly.

Why does my bike chain fall off?

You may be worried that your bike chain keeps coming off, especially since you just replaced it. But, here’s the thing: both new and old bike chains are susceptible to come loose and for a variety of reasons.

New chains may not fit as perfectly on the old gears and cogs of your bike and may come off when the load is too heavy. Are you searching for a way to carry more? Check out these best bike cargo trailers. On the other hand, old chains may be stretched thin and worn out, or even completely damaged.

Other than that, sometimes, you can get a loose chain from forceful impacts such as accidents and haphazardly letting your bike drop onto the ground. And other times, you may simply experience your bike chain slipping randomly.

One thing you can expect is that you’re more likely to experience bike chain skipping if you have a single-speed bike, like a road bike or a dirt bike (most modern ones are single speed). The good news is, as you’ve read on this guide, tightening your bike chain is easy!

Does the lubrication effect chain tension?

The answer is yes and no. Technically, the chain experiences the same tension whether or not it’s lubricated. It’s like asking if a rock feels lighter because your hand is slick with cooking oil.  The difference lies in its performance and durability.

A well-lubricated bike chain performs better in the sense that the lubrication enables it to move easier and more efficiently, and with less effort. And, since it’s not creating friction with the gears, it doesn’t wear as quickly.

So, a lubricated bike chain makes for a better biking experience.

Having said that, it’s important never to lubricate a dirty chain, as this can be a cause of chain slipping, excessive wear and tear, and chain damage. Therefore, whether you opt for dry or liquid lubricant, clean and dry your bike chain first.

Final thoughts

A bike chain coming loose is bound to happen to all bike owners, especially if you have a single-speed bike. But as we’ve proven in this guide on how to tighten a bike chain, it’s also one of the easiest bike maintenance and repair tasks you can do on your own.

As long as you take care of your bike and all its parts, ride it safely and inspect it at the first sign of a problem, and follow the right steps in repairing it, your bike can last in good condition for a really long time.

How To Put A Bike Chain Back On

Need to replace your bike chain? You are not the only one. No matter what type of bicycle you own, a slipped, damaged, or worn-out bike chain is a common issue that all bike owners experience at least once.

Here’s the good news, putting your bike chain back on is easy, and won’t take more than a few minutes! We’ll show you how to fix a slipped bike chain, and how to replace your bike chain if you need a new one altogether. If you’d like to know how to take a chain off a bike, click here.

How to put a bike chain back on

If your bike chain slipped off its gear while you are cycling, follow these five steps on how to put a chain back on a bike. This also works for multi-speed bikes such as mountain bikes.

Step 1: Downshift

The first thing you should do is the most important, and it may even be the only solution you need. While you are still riding your bike, downshift to the lowest front gear setting using your left shifter, so the chain shifts to the largest chainring. Then, keep pedaling and see if the chain goes back into place.

Step 2: Lift the rear tire

If the first step does not work, you will need to get off of your bike and untangle the chain so you can put it back into place. You can do this by spinning the pedals with one hand while lifting the rear tire with the other. See if this solves the problem. If not, proceed with step 3.

Step 3: Release the tension

At this point, you will need to release the chain tension by pushing the rear derailleur forward. Reposition the chain by lifting it and placing it on the chainring, then follow step 2 again in order to realign the chain. Keep repeating this step until the chain falls back into place.

moving the bike chain to the biggest gear

Step 4: Place the chain on the small chainring

Another thing you can do if the third step doesn’t quite work is to use the gears to your advantage. Start by threading the chain on the smallest front chainring. This should be easy to do since the chain is already slack because of the third step. Once that’s done, release the rear derailleur to tighten the chain.

Step 5: Pedal forward

Finally, you can just get back on your bike, and gently pedal forward until the chain returns to the right gear. You might initially experience a bit of erratic shifting until the chain fully returns to its gear. Don’t worry, this is normal.

That’s how to put a chain on a bike!

If you experience a lot of chain slippage, your chain may be damaged, in which case you will need a bit of chain repair. If the damage is really bad, however, it’s best to just get a replacement chain and change the old one. If this is the case for you, read on further on how to install a bike chain.

Replacing a bike chain

If you have a broken bike chain, or it’s worn out and needs replacing, here’s how you can take apart the old chain and fit the new one on your bike. The process is easy, but you will need a couple of tools to get started.

Step 1: Gather the right tools and the new chain

Before you start, gather all the tools you will need, as well as the new chain, so you can have a faster and easier workflow. The tools will depend on what kind of bike you have. Here, we will focus on bikes with a derailleur.

First of all, you will need a chain tool (it’s also called a removal tool, because, well, it’s used to remove a bike chain). Also, if you are using a master link chain, then you will also need a link remover.

Step 2: Remove the old chain

Once you have everything you will need, the first part is to remove the old chain. You can do this by pushing out a pin holding any two chain links together using your chain tool, then wiggling the chain apart, before finally taking it off of your bike.

removing the chain from a bicycle

Step 3: Get the chain through the derailleur

Once the old chain is removed, you can now replace it with your new bike chain. But first, it’s important that you measure it against the old chain to ensure that it’s the correct length. If the new chain is too long, you’ll need to break the bike chain and remove a few links in order to shorten it.

Afterward, you can place the new chain on your bike. First, feed the chain through the highest pulley called the guide pulley. Next, locate the derailleur cage, which should be between the tension and guide pulley, and thread the chain inside the derailleur cage. Finally, thread the chain over the tension pulley.

The last step is to reconnect your new chain. Simply align the two open links, fit them in the chain tool with the driving pin facing the chain link pin, then screw the pin into the link until it’s fully secure. Work slowly, and wriggle the chain every now and then to see whether the screw is too loose or too tight.

That’s it! Before you go, check to make sure that everything is in its proper place, and work the pedals with your hand a few times to see if the chain threads nicely. Then, just wipe and clean off the grease, and you’re good to go!

Final thoughts

Each and every bike owner has experienced chain slippage at least once, and it can happen to you too, even if you’re riding a new bike with q new and shiny chain. But, as you’ve seen in this article, solving the problem is quick and easy!

Here are a couple of helpful reminders to keep your bike chain in top-notch condition:

Take care of your bike chain.

You know what they say. “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” If you want to get the maximum performance from your bike chain for a long time, you need to take care of it properly. For one thing, always clean and lubricate the chain so it threads and spins nicely without too much tension and debris that can cause it to wear and slip. Also, make sure not to put too much pressure on your bike. Distribute heavyweights evenly and consider getting a good bike cargo trailer.

Check your chain thoroughly.

While fixing slipped chains is easy, you need to fully assess the condition of your bike chains to see whether there are any underlying problems that are causing the slippage. Doing so can prevent further slippage, determine whether you need to bring in your bike for repair, identify if you need new chains, and most importantly, keep you safe on the road.

Common bike chain issues include incorrect chain length, not enough lubrication, heavy loads causing too much chain tension, excessive wear and tear, and damage due to impact and improper use. Know your limits, a.k.a when you can fix the issue yourself, and when you need professional help (such as if the chain is damaged in more than one section).

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How Long Does It Take To Bike A Mile – Things Every Cyclist Should Know

No matter if you are a beginner cyclist or thinking about commuting by bike to work, this article should be a comprehensive guide for you to answer some common questions.

When it comes to how long does it take to bike a mile, the answer depends on several factors, including that person’s physical condition, the bike you’re using, and the road you’re cycling on.

We’ll talk about the average time it takes a person to bike a mile and more, the factors that affect bike speed, and how you can bike faster, so keep reading!

How long does it take to bike a mile?

The average time to bike a mile is three to four minutes. 17 to 18mph is the average cycling speed of a healthy person biking with a decent quality bike on a flat and even terrain. With that in mind, it goes to say that the answer will be different for every person. 

For example, professional cyclists can bike 2 miles or more in that time, while an average person cycling leisurely normally takes around 6 minutes at 10mph to complete a mile. Or, if you’re biking on a steep, sloping hill, that can take you around 7 minutes going up, and just a minute or so going down.

Again, this varies on the person’s fitness, the condition and incline of the road, and the wind direction and weather conditions. We’ll go over these things in more detail later. First, let’s talk about the time it takes to cover longer distances. You might be thinking, “I just have to do simple multiplication to know the answer.” However, the bigger the distance, the more factors play into effect.

How long does it take to bike 3 miles?

How long does it take to bike 3 miles?

If we apply the above average for a mile, it should take a cyclist about 12 minutes to bike 3 miles. Professional cyclists will be able to cover 3 miles much faster and might be able to bike 5 miles in the same amount of time. 

How long does it take to bike 5 miles?

Biking a distance of 5 miles on an even road should take around 15 to 20 minutes, or even almost twice as long when you’re pedaling slowly to enjoy your surroundings, especially when the weather is good and the wind is blowing nicely.

How long does it take to bike 10 miles?

It can be difficult for many people to cover 10 miles while biking at a consistent speed. Chances are, you’ll slow down eventually, or even take a quick break at some point. When you do the math, a bike ride of this distance should take 30 to 40 minutes, but realistically speaking, it could take you almost an hour.

How long does it take to bike 20 miles?

How long does it take to bike 20 miles?

The longer the distance, the bigger the range for the average time it takes to cover the distance when riding a bike. While a professional cyclist can bike 20 miles in less than an hour, the average person will need anywhere from an hour to two hours or more, taking into account short stops and inconsistent speeds.

How long does it take to bike 100 miles?

Anyone planning to bike 100 miles would need great stamina and endurance, both physically and mentally. That said, cycling this distance will take anywhere from 4 to 10 long and exhausting hours, but for marathon enthusiasts, it’s well worth the effort.

What is the average bike speed?

When it comes to the question of “How fast does a bike go?”, the answer is tricky, especially since, as we mentioned earlier, the type of bicycle you’re using affects your cycling speed. A regular person riding a typical bike has an average mph of 10 to 19mph, taking into account the biker’s experience and the distance he’s covering

What is the average road bike speed?

When you’re a professional using a road bike (or a “racer”, as others call it), the average speed for bike riding is around 25mph. This “average” may be slightly higher or lower, depending on the terrain and distance covered.

The fastest mile on a bike

The fastest mile on a bike is…

Having said all these things, the fastest cycling speed on a bike ever recorded was a staggering 89.59mph, set by Todd Reichert in 2016 while cycling on an even path under fair weather conditions.

Factors that affect bike speed:

Ultimately, how fast you can go on a bike is dependent on several factors- some of which you can control, such as your fitness regimen and the bike you use, and some others, like the weather and terrain, you’ll just have to deal with.

Physical Fitness 

As biking is a physical activity, it goes to say that your physique affects how well you can perform. Factors such as your age, weight, exercise routine, and cycling experience all come into play in terms of your skill and endurance in biking long distances over a short amount of time. In case it gets too exhausted, simply put your bike back on your car and safely protect it with one of these tailgate bike pads.

An older person who doesn’t exercise regularly will get fatigued easily, and a beginner may have difficulty sustaining speeds and navigating terrains, so 10 to 19mph is the reasonable range. By comparison, for professional riders at the Tour de France, the average speed is a little over 25mph.

Weather and Road Condition 

The physical state and slope of your biking path are another important factor in your speed. A bike stunts track is made of smooth materials, while paved roads are a bit rougher, and dirt paths are the most uneven. Plus, there may be large bumps, hills, and slopes along the way that will require extra endurance and care to be able to overcome safely and successfully. If you end up damaging your bike, fix it easily on one of these best bike repair stands.

On a similar note, the weather conditions and wind flow also factor into your speed. Rain makes the road slick, which means you can ride faster, although it’s unsafe and difficult. It also reduces visibility, along with smog. A windy day can either help you when you’re riding along the direction of the wind, or work against you when you’re battling headwinds.

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Type of bike 

Finally, the height, size, weight, and type of your bicycle also need to be taken into account. A heavy bike requires more energy to pedal, and a bike that’s too small or too big won’t allow you to work your muscles properly in the first place. Of course, it also depends on how much weight you carry with you. The best bike trailers smoothly glide over the street and won’t slow you down too much.

In terms of bike types, the most common are mountain (BMX) bikes, which usually go 10mph. Old style cruisers are a bit faster at 12 to 15mph, with touring bikes and folding bikes coming close at 13 to 19mph. Then, there are road bikes or racers, which can handle speeds of 17 to 25mph.

How can I become faster at riding my bike?

Now that you know the average numbers, you might be wondering how you can improve. Well, as with everything else in life, for you to be good at something, you need to do it properly, and regularly. Learn the gears and how to use them efficiently, and bike every day. In one word, practice.

How many miles you should bike a day depends on your fitness state, and how committed you are to improving. A good strategy is commuting by bike to work, so you can go biking 10 miles a day- it’s a doable distance for beginner cyclists.

Conclusion

That’s it! The short answer to how long it takes to bike a mile is 3 to 4 minutes at an average speed of 17 to 18mph, but the reality depends on the cyclist’s physical fitness, the road and weather condition, and the type of bike he’s using. If you want to get better and faster at riding your bike, you need to practice, practice, practice!