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What is a good size bike for a 5 year old?

The have 12" wheel bikes on super sale at Toys R Us, but I'm not sure if that's a good size for my niece. Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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Asked by SavvyMomma1809 at 11:32 AM on Nov. 19, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • You definitely want there first bike to be smaller, so they can control it and of course take off the training wheels.

    Depending on there height, I would think it might be too big, My son is 6 and he is starting to ride a 12 inch next summer. If they know how to ride, really good that it might work, but it is heavier.

    Answer by KFree907 at 11:35 AM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • It depends on the height of the kid. Measure the inseam and go from there. My almost 4 year old is about to get a 16" bike.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • If a bike is too small, they can't ride it properly. Definitely measure.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • My 5 year old is 45" tall and has been riding a 16" bike without training wheels since she was 4.

    Answer by _Momof3_ at 4:02 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • That sounds too small. My 4 year old has a 12 inch bike and it's almost too small. He's petite, to say it nicely. Try a 14 or a 16, but definitely 'try it on' before you buy it.

    Answer by Pnukey at 11:06 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

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