Bicycle Size chart – How to Choose a Correct Bicycle Frame size

Buying a Bicycle Online…? Then you might be left with the conundrum of choosing the right bicycle frame size for your height so it fits perfectly. These days, almost all products are bought online. It removes the hassle of driving to a store and buying things offline. Online shopping also saves you time in buying things.

When it comes to bicycle shopping, people often say to go to a hardware store and try it before buying it. When you try the bicycle, you can know if it fits your height so you can ride comfortably. Because of this reason, people hesitate to buy bicycles offline as you cannot physically try it before buying. But it should be not the case. There are many methods that you can employ to find if the bicycle listed online fits you before you order it.

In this post, let us see some different methods to find the right bicycle size for your height.

Method 1 – Calculating the size using the Bike Height Chart

This is probably the most simple way of finding the right bicycle height for you. You can use the bicycle height chart listed below to find the right cycle for your height.

YOUR HEIGHT in INCHES/BICYCLE SIZE in INCHES CHART

  • 4’11” – 5’3″ = 13 – 15 inches
  • 5’3″ – 5’7″  = 15 – 16 inches
  • 5’7″ – 5’11” = 16 – 17 inches
  • 6’0″ – 6’2″ = 17 – 19 inches
  • 6’2″ – 6’4″  = 19 – 21 inches
  • 6’4″ and taller  = 21+ inches

With the above chart, you can predict the right bicycle size for your height somewhat accurately. This chart doesn’t give the perfect fit as the bike frame size varies for different bike types and brands. Using your height to determine the bicycle size is just one of the easier ways to get the ideal frame size. You may get your bicycle frame that is a bit short or tall for your height by using this method. Now, to get a more accurate bicycle size for your height, you should follow the steps listed below.

Method 2 – Calculating the size using your inseam measurement.

Inseam is the measurement of your leg from the crotch to the bottom of your leg. Using this measurement, you can accurately predict the right bicycle size for your height than the above method. To get the correct inseam measurement of your body, you should first take off your shoes and stand with your legs a few centimeters apart(15-20cm). Then, using a tape, measure the height from the ground level up to your crotch. This is the inseam measurement for you. For different bicycle types, the calculation to measure the bicycle size using your inseam will vary. Let us see those different calculations.

For City Bike,

Inseam multiplied by 0.685 will give the frame size that fits you.

For Mountain Bike,

Inseam multiplied by 0.66 will give the frame size that fits you.

For Road Bike,

Inseam multiplied by 0.70 will give the frame size that fits you.

This method will give you a more accurate prediction of the right bicycle frame size that fits your height. But if you want an even more accurate bicycle frame size prediction that fits you, then you can use the method listed below.

Method 3 – Using Advanced Bicycle Chart

You can use the advanced bicycle chart listed below to find the most accurate prediction of the bicycle frame size for your height. We have given the advanced bicycle chart for different bicycle types, and you can choose the one based on the type of bicycle that you are buying.

Advanced chart for Mountain Bicycle

Your Height in Feet/Inches Your Height in Centimeters Leg Inseam in Inches Leg Inseam in Centimeters Frame Size in Inches Bicycle 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

Advanced chart for City Bicycle

Your Height in Feet/Inches Your Height in Centimeters Leg Inseam in Inches Leg Inseam in Centimeters Frame Size in Inches Bicycle 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

With the above bicycle chart, you can easily determine the accurate bicycle frame size based on your inseam and height measurements.

Conclusion

Buying a bicycle that fits your height perfectly is essential for a smooth ride. To get the right bicycle frame size, it is not necessary to go out and try it in a hardware store. A good bicycle chart with correct measurements is enough to get a good bicycle that fits your height accurately. We hope this post with the bicycle height chart helps you in getting a good bicycle that fits your height.

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