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Bike Size Chart: What Size Bike Do I Need?

The joy of hopping on your bike, going on off-road excursions, feeling the fresh air, riding over the rough terrains, and pedaling to, well, wherever, biking is all about thrill, adventure, adrenaline rush, and jazz up.

But all that excitement can also bring pain, if you don’t choose wisely!

“I have a long torso and feel all bunched up on my bike. The seat is at the right height but when I put my hands on the handlebars and pedal my knees are feeling strained when in full flexion. What size bike do I need to solve this issue.” says Dora, an upset bike rider.

Research conducted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that on average over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.

And most of the time such issues happen because of the wrong size of their bikes that gets them all strained and causes back pain, knee pain, and other bone related issues.

Keep in mind that when it comes to bikes, there is no room for a one-size-fits-all type situation. Rather you’d need to put some effort to measure your size and choose the bike according to the figure bike size chart by height.

To save your time, this article includes all the nooks and crannies to help you find the best fitting bike for you.

Here’s to riding!

What Type of Bike Should You Buy?

Mountain-biking, racing, road-biking, touring, and so on, people spend dollars on bikes for different purposes. Whatever, the reason is, if you are investing valuable time, effort, and money in purchasing a bicycle, it is crucial that you get the right bike.

In the process to do so, start by defining the purpose you want a bike for. There are a variety of bikes available online and locally, but if you don’t choose wisely, it will end up giving you back pain and trips to the hospital.

With that said, here is the list of types of bikes that you’d find in the market.

Road Bike Size Chart

Suitable for racing, fitness cycling, long-distance rides, and daily commuting.

What’s the right hybrid bike size for me?

To find out, keep scrolling.

Road Bike Size Chart For Men
SizeHeight (inches)Inseam (inches)
474’11.8″ – 5’2.2″28.0″ – 29.5″
505’2.2″ – 5’4.2″29.1″ – 30.3″
525’4.2″ – 5’6.1″29.9″ – 31.1″
545’6.1″ – 5’8.5″30.7″ – 32.3″
565’8.5″ – 5’10.9″31.9″ – 33.5″
585’10.9″ – 6’0.8″33.1″ – 34.3″
606’0.8″ – 6’2.8″33.9″ – 35.4″
626’2.8″ – 6’4.8″35.0″ – 36.2″

On some online markets, bike size charts are also in centimeters. If that’s the case, you can take note from the following table.

Road Bike Size chart For Men
SizeHeight ( in centimeters)Inseam (in centimeters)
47152.0 – 158.0 cm 4’11.8″ – 5’2.2″71.0 – 75.0 cm 28.0″ – 29.5″
50158.0 – 163.0 cm74.0 – 77.0 cm
52163.0 – 168.0 cm76.0 – 79.0 cm
54168.0 – 174.0 cm78.0 – 82.0 cm
56174.0 – 180.0 cm81.0 – 85.0 cm
58180.0 – 185.0 cm84.0 – 87.0 cm
60185.0 – 190.0 cm86.0 – 90.0 cm

Here is the road bike size chart for women in inches  and road bike size chart for women in centimeters.

Road Bike Size Chart For Women In Inches
SizeInside LegBike Size
147cm-155cm   4’10”-5’1″66cm   26″44, 45, 46cmXX Small
155cm-160cm   5’1″-5’3″69cm   27″47, 48, 49cmX Small
160cm-165cm   5’3″-5’5″71cm   28″50, 51, 52cmSmall
165cm-172cm   5’5″-5’8″76cm   30″53, 54, 55cmMedium
172cm+    5’8″+79cm   31″56, 57cmLarge
147cm-155cm   4’10”-5’1″66cm   26″44, 45, 46cmXX Small

Mountain Bike Size Chart

Designed for dealing with steeper terrains to handle bumps, dirt trails, rocks, roots and ruts.

Mountain bikes sizes are measured either in inches or, Small/Medium/Large size hierarchy. Here is the bike chart size for mountain bikes.

What’s the right trek mountain bike size for me?

Here you go!

Trek Mountain Bike Size Chart For Men
SizeHeight (in inches)Inseam (in inches)
XS13.5″4’5.9″ – 5’1.0″25.2″ – 28.7″
S15.5″5’0.2″ – 5’5.6″28.3″ – 31.1″
M17.5″5’3.4″ – 5’7.7″29.9″ – 31.9″
M/L18.5″5’5.2″ – 5’10.5″30.3″ – 33.1″
L19.5″5’9.7″ – 6’2.0″32.7″ – 34.6″
XL21.5″6’1.2″ – 6’5.2″34.3″ – 36.2″
XXL23.0″6’4.8″ – 6’7.9″36.2″ – 37.4″

And ladies, here is the bike size chart for you.

Mountain Bike Size Chart For Women
Your HeightInseamBike Size
147cm-155cm 4’10”-5’1″66cm 26″13”, 14″X Small
155cm-160cm 5’1″-5’3″69cm 27″13”, 14”X Small
160cm-165cm 5’3″-5’5″71cm 28″15”, 16″Small
165cm-172cm 5’5″-5’8″76cm  30″17″, 18”Medium
172cm+ 5′ 8″+79cm 31″19″Large
147cm-155cm 4’10”-5’1″66cm 26″13”, 14″X Small
155cm-160cm 5’1″-5’3″69cm 27″13”, 14”X Small

Touring Bike

Designed for attaching touring essentials such as fenders, racks, water bottles, pumps, lights, and other heavy loads. 

These bike sizes have the same chart as that of road bike size charts.

Folding Bike

Essentially the travel bikes, the folding bikes are designed for traveling to far off places so that you can fit these bikes in cars or boats and take them out when you reach biking points. These bikes have adjustable functions on the folding frame, handlebar and saddle, all which allow an easier folding process.

Fixed Gear/ Track Bike

Designed for professional racers and athletes that doesn’t allow you to coast or freewheel because of its single, fixed gear.

BMX Bike Size Chart

Otherwise known as Bicycle Motor Cross, BMX is a single-speed bike that is designed to race around short dirt tracks.

What’s the right BMX bike size for me? Let’s find out!

BMX Bike Size Chart For Men and Women
HeightWheel Size (in inches)
Under 100cm (Under 3’3”)12”  
99cm – 122cm (3’3” to 4’)12”16”
122cm – 137cm (4’ to 4’6”)16”18”
137cm – 147cm 4’6”-4’10”18”20”
142cm – 177cm 4’8”-5’4”20″ 19.5” – 20.4” Top Tube Length
162cm – 178cm 5’4”-5’10”20″ 20.25” – 21” Top Tube Length
172cm – 180cm 5’8”-6ft20″ 20.5”-21.5” Top Tube Length
180cm + 6ft +20″ + 21” – 22” Top Tube Length

Recumbent Bike

A “non-traditional” bicycle requires the riders to sit in a seat that is lower to the ground. Designed just for fun these bikes can’t be used for mountain riding, traveling, etc.

Cruiser

Designed for leisurely rides around the town and neighborhood.

Hybrid Bike Size Chart

Designed for road, mountain and touring bikes to work on both paved trails and smooth dirt.

What’s the right hybrid bike size for me? Well, here is the hybrid bike size chart to help you out.

Hybrid Bike Size Chart For Men
Your SizeInseamBike
147cm-152cm 4’10”-5’0″66cm 26″13”, 14″
152cm-160cm 5’0″-5’3″69cm 27″14”, 15”
160cm-170cm 5’3″-5’7″71cm 28″15”, 16″
170cm-175cm 5’7″-5’9″76cm 30″17″, 18”
175cm-180cm 5’9″-5’11”79cm 31″19”, 20″
180cm-188cm 5’11”-6’2″81cm 32″20″, 21”
188cm-196cm 6’2″-6’5″86cm 34″21”, 22”
196cm+ 6’5″+91cm 36″23″, 24”

And here is the bike size chart for our adventurous ladies,

Hybrid Bike Size Chart For Women
Your HeightInseamBike Size
147cm-155cm 4’10”-5’1″66cm 26″13”, 14″
155cm-160cm 5’1″-5’3’’69cm 27″14”, 15”
160cm-165cm 5’3″-5’5″71cm 28″15”, 16″
165cm-172cm 5’5″-5’8″76cm 30″17″, 18”

Cyclocross Bike

A bike designed for racing around dirt trails that consists of serious bumps, obstacles, and blockages on the path.

Electric Bike

Ebikes consist of electric motors that provide assistance so that you can easily and quickly ride on hills

What Size Bike Do I Need?

You need a size bike that fits with your body measurements. Take a good look at the above table and don’t forget to ask yourself for what purposes you need a bicycle.

Bike Size Chart Kids: What Size Bike Do I Need For My Child?

Find your answer in the table below.

Bike Size Chart For Kids
AgeHeight (Inch)Leg Inseam (Inch)Bike Tire Size
22’9″ – 3’1″12″ – 14″10″
3-43’1″ – 3’3″14″-17″12″
4-53’3″ – 3’7″16″-20″14″
5-63’7″ – 3-8″18″-22″16″
6-83’8″ – 4’0″20″-24″18″
7-94’0″ – 4’5″22″-25″20″
9-114’5″ – 4’9″24″-28″24″
11-145’+28″+26″

Bikes of the wrong size can cause a variety of problems. A bad sized bike will make you uncomfortable, preventing you from cycling as much as you would like or taking longer trips. Additionally, it may cause neck pain, back pain, and knee pain. A big bike may also make you feel less confident on the road, which may put you at risk of an accident if you are not confident on it.

Therefore, finding the right size of bike is more important than you think it is. And for that all you need is to measure your height and inseam or inside legs. Based on that size you can select the saddle height and pedal position, as well as the wheel size to choose a bike that fits you perfectly.

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