What size bike is suitable for my little girl?

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Found 30th Sep 2008
I am wanting to buy my daughter a bike but unsure whether to get a 12" or 14" wheel bike. She is 3 years and 2 months old, but she is quite tall. Around 105 cm. if anyone can advise it would be much appreciated, helpful suggestions get rep:-)

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Take her down to toys are r us and try some sizes out - im guessing she'll need stabrlisers? Maybe best to go with 12" just unitil shes learntthen when shes learnty upgrade her

Got a bike for our Little boy he was three Saturday, Didnt get the bike for his birthday, bought it about July, Got a 12 inch wheel, Brilliant size for him, He's also a tall lad. Must admit weve got 5 kids have never bought one this small before. But he loves his bike.

to be honest u should always try and get her to sit on a bike to messure up as when i worked in a bike shop it is surprising how many bikes came back as they were wrong size i no u can ujust bars seat but to get the years out of the bike its better to get it right with th seat down so as she growes meand the seat

Halfords if you can get to it? They give good advice, which is what you need. My daughter at that age had a 14"
Also be careful if you buy a 12" as a lot this size are fixed wheels and that will be hard for her to ride without stabilisers.

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adp;3081307

Got a bike for our Little boy he was three Saturday, Didnt get the bike … Got a bike for our Little boy he was three Saturday, Didnt get the bike for his birthday, bought it about July, Got a 12 inch wheel, Brilliant size for him, He's also a tall lad. Must admit weve got 5 kids have never bought one this small before. But he loves his bike.



around what height is your little boy?

as others have said - try in shop
heres guidelines as well

huffybikes.com/res…tml

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vengod;3081299

Take her down to toys are r us and try some sizes out - im guessing … Take her down to toys are r us and try some sizes out - im guessing she'll need stabrlisers? Maybe best to go with 12" just unitil shes learntthen when shes learnty upgrade her



adp;3081307

Got a bike for our Little boy he was three Saturday, Didnt get the bike … Got a bike for our Little boy he was three Saturday, Didnt get the bike for his birthday, bought it about July, Got a 12 inch wheel, Brilliant size for him, He's also a tall lad. Must admit weve got 5 kids have never bought one this small before. But he loves his bike.



willber;3081314

to be honest u should always try and get her to sit on a bike to messure … to be honest u should always try and get her to sit on a bike to messure up as when i worked in a bike shop it is surprising how many bikes came back as they were wrong size i no u can ujust bars seat but to get the years out of the bike its better to get it right with th seat down so as she growes meand the seat



louloo;3081326

Halfords if you can get to it? They give good advice, which is what you … Halfords if you can get to it? They give good advice, which is what you need. My daughter at that age had a 14"Also be careful if you buy a 12" as a lot this size are fixed wheels and that will be hard for her to ride without stabilisers.



thanks for all your help everyone, rep added:thumbsup:

You definitely need to try her on a few really as they can still vary in size. One 12" frame might have bigger wheels than another 12" frame (and the same with the 14") so they are all different. As mentioned above, go to Toys r Us or Halfords and try her on a few, if you find one that you like but it's too expensive, get the name of it and then come back and source it on the internet to see if you can find it any cheaper.

My daughter is a tall 3½yr old and still on a 12" bike with plenty of growth room left in it but if you can manage to find a 14" bike that will fit her then go for that size as it will last her a lot longer.

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http://i16.ebayimg.com/01/i/001/0f/be/3b18_1.JPG
This one is on ebay near to me for £15 seems quite good, what do you guys think? it has 12" wheels.

badgerrules;3081734

This one is on ebay near to me for £15 seems quite good, what do you guys … This one is on ebay near to me for £15 seems quite good, what do you guys think? it has 12" wheels.



I'm sure that the 12" relates to the frame (could be wrong) and not the wheels and this looks a bit small if your daughter is tall for her age. Like I said before, my daughter is on a 12" bike but the wheels are a lot bigger so it looks bigger than this bike, I don't think this bike would last her very long.

Sorry to appear dim, but if the 12" does relate to the wheels then it's the frames that can differ in size. I only know this because my daughter and her friend both got a 12" bike at the same time, different makes, and they were completely different sizes, my friend had a Barbie one and it was far smaller than my daughters so worth trying a few out.

Not sure if I'm helping or just confusing matters!!

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Annie1508;3081842

Sorry to appear dim, but if the 12" does relate to the wheels then it's … Sorry to appear dim, but if the 12" does relate to the wheels then it's the frames that can differ in size. I only know this because my daughter and her friend both got a 12" bike at the same time, different makes, and they were completely different sizes, my friend had a Barbie one and it was far smaller than my daughters so worth trying a few out. Not sure if I'm helping or just confusing matters!!



it all helps, where did the ebay number go?

badgerrules;3081327

around what height is your little boy?



My Lads 3ft 3inches Tall:)

I bought my boys one from ebay for £20, Best I think to buy a secondhand bike they only chuck it about! That way you haven't lost anything, As long as the bike you buy is in good nick. Ours came with stablisers.

badgerrules;3081900

it all helps, where did the ebay number go?



I got rid of it, sorry, as the picture wouldn't load. Basically I just typed in 12" bike on ebay and the sizes really seem to vary.

220286831868 reckon this is the one you are on about

Here we have on offer for auction an excellent 1st Girl's bicycle. Wheels are 12 inch in measurement, used only a handful of times. No scratches or marks of any kind. Included are bell and stabiliser's, buyer will definately not be disappointed. Would make an ideal xmas or birthday gift for that special child!! Item is too lagre for posting so please COLLECTION only from Doncaster. Feel free to email any questions. CASH ON COLLECTION

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I would pesonally get her a Ridgeback bike. They are more expensive but the bikes from Toys R Us are rubbish in my opinion. I would also go for the larger frame too. My little boy is just over 4 and we bought his bike at christmas and he rides fine on it. Took him down to the local cricket field (there's lovely flat grass in the middle!!!) and within a week or so he was off his stabilisers before he was 4. He is only avaerage height too. His bike frame is 16". Bearing in mind how old your daughter is, I would definately go for the 14".

Whatever you decide to get her, just don't forget the dolly / teddy carrier for the back, my little girl loves hers! Hope you get the size sorted out
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