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What bike size should you get for a 5 year old?

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A 5-year-old who is between 24 and 36 inches tall generally needs a 12-inch bike, while a 5-year-old who is between 34 and 42 inches tall generally needs a 16-inch bike. The size of bike a child needs depends less on the child's age and more on his or her height.

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While the frame of an adult's bike determines its size, children's bikes are measured using the outside diameter of a tire, so a 12-inch child's bike means the outside diameter of the tire is 12 inches. A 16-inch child's bike means the outside diameter of the tire is 16 inches. To check the fit, there should be between 1 and 2 inches between the bike's cross bar and the child's crotch when standing over it.

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