This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.
The weather is finally getting warmer out which means that the kids and I are spending more time outside. I love that we can finally spend some time together being active and having fun. Last year, my twins got their very first Schwinn SmartStart bikes and they have been eager to get outside and start riding bikes again! Riding bikes is so much fun to do as a family – it gets you active together while you explore your neighborhood or perhaps a park and allows you to make some great family memories!
But now that it’s Spring, you want to make sure that your child’s bike is still the right fit for them. Luckily, Schwinn SmartStart bikes are the perfect bikes for your little ones as they grow. When the saddle of a Schwinn SmartStart bicycle is raised, the angle as well as the distance from the seat to the handlebars and seat and to the pedals also increases. This means that as your child grows the bike fit them for a longer period of time. Which means saving some money too, woot!
I love spending this time with my kids. They love pointing out different things on our bike rides and showing off how fast they can go. And they ask a ton of questions about their Mama learning how to ride a bike too!
Check out the Schwinn SmartStart Ride Guide below for all the information on what Schwinn bike is right for their size and how to measure for a bicycle helmet. Doing a helmet check every year is SO important – you want to make sure that they don’t need a bigger bike OR a bigger helmet as you head off into summer!
Both of my girls still ride a 16″ Schwinn SmartStart bike but come next year, we will have to upgrade them! I’m glad that we did a head measurement too because they both went from wearing a toddler helmet to a child helmet!
How to Perform a Bike Fit Check
As a starting point, use the rider height in the chart above as a guide to determine the correct wheel size as the infographic indicates. The front wheel size of a child’s bicycle directly correlates with the frame size of the bicycle. Wheel size is a good starting point but bicycles vary. Check that the rider can safely reach the handlebars while still bending the elbows at least 10 degrees. When standing over the bicycle, in front of the seat, straddling the top tube of the bicycle, there should be a minimum of 1-3 inches of clearance. The seat height is determined by the leg position when the foot is on the pedal. The leg should be almost completely straight when the pedals in the down most position with a slight bend in the knee. With beginning riders the seat can be adjusted lower, so their feet have more contact with the ground. As they gain confidence the seat can be raised.
It is important to “fit” your child with a correctly sized bicycle. Riding a bicycle that is not correctly sized to the rider may result in the rider’s feet not being able to touch the ground, balance the bicycle, properly reach the handlebar for steering or braking and loss of control when pedaling.
Riding a bicycle that is not correctly sized to the rider may result in the rider’s feet not being able to touch the ground, balance the bicycle, properly reach the handlebar for steering or braking and loss of control when pedaling.
Schwinn Family Sweepstakes
Ready to win a Schwinn SmartStart prize pack? I want to see YOUR Family Helmet Selfie! Head over to SchwinnFamilySweeps.com to enter or you can enter using the widget below. You could win a Schwinn bike (worth up to $400!) and Schwinn accessories!
Happy Bike Riding!