BIKE SIZING Adult

Special thank you to Jeff Balton and his team at Bicycle-Guider, please go and visit their site at https://www.bicycle-guider.com/ – they have some fantastic information, help and articles to read through that will surely get you in the mood to hit the trails.

The Following is a directly transferred from Bicycle-Guider’s website, and is used with written permission from Jeff Balton – a very special thank you to him and his team for allowing us to utilize the following information.

Bike Size Chart – How To Choose? 3 Easy Methods

Ordering bikes online is becoming more and more popular because there are no shop-keeping or warehouse costs making the cost even less!

Don’t worry about the fact that you might think you have to try your bike first because I can assure you it is overrated. And very highly.

Salesmen only tell you this to get more money from you!

You should try your bike first! FALSE

Asking why? It’s because that is only told by salesmen who know that there are decent bikes on the online market. There are many good methods to choose a good bike. I’m gonna show you THREE METHODS if you don’t know, how to measure a bike.

Feeling more confident? Good. There are actually three options: you can calculate or use the bike-size charts below. The bike size is measured from where the seat post starts and to the crank. So if you don’t know, what size bike do I need, here are the answers:

Let’s start with the easiest

Method One: Bike Height Chart – The Easiest

Your height / Bike SizeHybrid Bike Size Chart

Rider Height / Bike Size
Imperial Metric / Imperial Metric
4’11” – 5’3″ 1.5 – 1.6 meter = 13 – 15 inches 33 – 38 cm
5’3″ – 5’7″ 1.6 – 1.7 meter = 15 – 16 inches 38 – 40 cm
5’7″ – 5’11” 1.7 – 1.8 meter = 16 – 17 inches 40 – 43 cm
6’0″ – 6’2″ 1.82 – 1.88 meter = 17 – 19 inches 43 – 48 cm
6’4″ and taller 1.93 meter plus = 21 + inches 53 cm plus

Voilà!

Method Two: Calculating the bike size:

  1. Take off your shoes and stand with your legs about 15-20 cm(6” – 8”) apart. Measure the height from the ground to your crotch.
  2. Be sure of the type of bicycle you want: Mountain bike, city bike or road bike.
  3. Now you can take your calculator and calculate the right size:
    Leg Inseam method

 

City bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,685 = Your frame size
Mountain bike –  Leg inseam (cm) x 0,66 = Your frame size
Road bike – Leg inseam (cm) x 0,70 = Your frame size

(If your leg inseam is 76cm, then your right mountain bike size is 50 cm (20”), road bike 53cm and city bike 52cm)

 

 

 

 

Third Method: Bike Size Chart (advanced):

Mountain Bike Size Chart:

Rider height Leg Inseam Suggested Frame Size
Feet/Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters Inches Size
4`10”-5`1” 148-158 cm 24-29” 61-73 cm < 14″ XS
5`1″-5`5″ 158-168 cm 25-30” 63-76 cm 15” / 16″ S
5`5″-5`9″ 168-178 cm 26-31” 66-78 cm 16” / 17″ M
5`9″-6`0″ 178-185 cm 27`-32` 68-81 cm 17″ / 18″ L
6`0″-6`3″ 185-193 cm 28`-33` 71-83 cm 18″ / 19″ XL
6`1″-6`6″ 193-198 cm 29`-34` 73-86 cm 19″ + XXL

City Bike (Also Commuter/Hybrid Bikes) Size Chart:

Rider height Leg inseam Suggested Frame Size
Feet/Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters Inches Size
4`10”-5`1” 147-155 cm 24-29” 61-73 cm 14” XS
5`1`-5`5` 155-165 cm 25-30” 63-76 cm 15” S
5`5`-5`9` 165-175 cm 26-31” 66-78 cm 16” M
5`9`-6`0` 175-183 cm 27`-32` 68-81 cm 17″ L
6`0`-6`3` 183-191 cm 28`-33` 71-83 cm 18″ XL
6`1`-6`6` 191-198 cm 29`-34` 73-86 cm 19″ XXL

Road Bike Size Chart:

Rider height Suggested frame size
Feet/Inches Centimeters Centimeters Size
4`10”-5`0” 148-152 cm 47-48 cm XXS
5`0″-5`3″ 152-160 cm 49-50 cm XS
5`3″-5`6″ 160-168 cm 51-52-53 cm S
5`6″-5`9″ 168-175 cm 54-55 cm M
5`9″-6`0″ 175-183 cm 56-57-58 cm L
6`0″-6`3″ 183-191 cm 58-59-60 cm XL
6`3″-6`6″ 191-198 cm 61-62-63 cm XXL

Got the right size? Nice! And now go cycling!

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