Bike Buying Guide - Which Bike to choose?
Milazo is a well-recognized and established bike brand and has been providing New Zealanders with quality yet affordable bikes since 1988.
• Sizes to fit kids from approximately 3 years
• Training wheels to assist balance while learning to ride
• Wide tyres for extra grip
• Built for comfort and control over rough conditions
• Wide handlebars, easy controls, soft seat, fat and grippy tyres
• Wide gears selections for easier riding up, down, fast or slow
• Wheel and frame sizes to suit kids and adults
• Suspension forks for smoothing bumps and better control
• Full suspension smooths out the bumps for a softer, comfy ride
• Built for comfort and easy to use
• Usually single speed
• More upright riding position
Buying the Right Sized Bike
How to calculate the right size bike frame for an adult:
- Measure your inseam. This is best done barefoot. Stand against the wall and put a book between your legs so it is pressed right up against your pelvic bone. Make a mark with a pencil on the wall along the top of the book. Measure the distance from the floor to the mark in centimeters.
- Road Bike: Use your inseam measurement to get a rough idea of your road bike size. Multiply your inseam by .65 (for bikes measured centre to centre) - if your inseam is 86 cm, you will fit a 56 cm road bike (86 x .65 = 55.9). Please note that many road bikes are measured centre to top. To determine how to fit these bikes, multiply your inseam by .67.
Proper Bike Sizes for Children:
Choosing the correct size bicycle for a child is important for their safety while riding. The correct bicycle is determined by wheel size, unlike an adult's bike, which is decided by seat height and frame size. When a child sits on the seat with their hands on the handlebars, they should be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground. When straddling the center bar, they should be able to stand flat-footed with about 1-inch clearance between their crotch and the bar.
2 to 4 Years Old: If a child's inseam measures 36-43cm, the bicycle's wheel diameter should be 12 inches (30 cm). Most of the bikes in this category come with training wheels.
5 to 8 Years Old: As your child gets taller, a 16-inch ( 40 cm) wheel diameter is needed. Your child's inseam would range from 46-56cm.
Coaster brakes may be easier for young children to use, but as a child gets older, bicycles with coaster brakes are less common. To determine whether a child is ready for hand brakes, they should be able to comfortably grasp the hand brakes and apply enough pressure to stop the bike.
Allow your child to pick out the style of helmet they like. There are many different colors and themes to choose from. Have your child try on the recommended helmet size to see that it fits them properly. The helmet must not move easily from side to side on your child's head. Use sizing pads for areas of the helmet that are loose and need to be secured to your child's head.
Helmet Fit Test:
- Level - The helmet should be level on the rider's head.
- Rim barely visible - The front rim should be barely visible to the rider's eye
- Y below the ear - The Y of the side straps should meet just below the ear
- Snug strap - The chin strap should be snug against the chin so that when the rider opens their mouth very wide the helmet pulls down a little bit.
- Skin moves a little - Move the helmet side to side and front to back, watching the skin around the rider's eyebrows. It should move slightly with the helmet. If it does not, the fit pads are probably too thin in front or back, or the helmet may even be too large.
- Stablilizer snug - If there is a rear stabilizer, adjust it until it is snug under the bulge on the rear of the head.
- Palm test - Have the rider put their palm on the front of the helmet and push up and back. If it moves more than an inch more fitting is required.
- Shake test - Have the rider shake their head around. If the helmet dislodges, work on the strap adjustments.
- Ask about comfort - Ask the rider if the helmet is comfortable and check to make sure there are no comfort issues that still need to be addressed.
- Be ready to switch - Not all helmets fit all heads.