Finding the Right Schwinn

Bike Sizing and Fit

Schwinn Sizing Guide

For grown ups: Size does matter

Bikes come in sizes just like clothes. The right size makes riding a bike that much more fun. Getting your bike sized just for you is important -- less accidents for one. Not to mention, it just feels better. And we've got 2 ways to go about sizing a bike: Casual Ride Fit and Customized Fit.

The "Casual Ride" size check.

Most adult bikes will have 26" wheels. The part that varies is the frame, so here we'll be sizing up your inseam. For beach cruisers and most casual riders you can keep it simple with this handy-dandy Casual Ride Sizing Guide:

  • First, stand flat-footed on the floor.
  • Then, straddle the bike
  • The best fit? A minimum of 1 to 3" clearance between your inseam and the top tube of the frame.

When you head out on your bike search, try to:

  • Wear the same shoes you would wear while riding
  • Have some idea about where you'll use the bike (neighborhood, trails, off-road, etc.)
  • Have someone tag along to check out how each bikes fits

Customized Fit

So you want to do the MS150 or think racing would be cool. Or the doctor is prescribing 3 rides a week to lower that blood pressure your boss and children worked so hard to raise. Since you and your Schwinn will be spending so much time together, it's time to get serious about finding the right size.

The key in this case is to have your friendly neighborhood bike shop help you figure out what general size you are. This is critical for comfortable riding. Back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and neck pain are NOT a normal part of riding a bike, but rather a sign that the bike you are riding doesn't fit. Plus, a bike too large or too small can be difficult to control. Your ideal frame size is based on two body measurements: inseam and torso length. Torso length determines the "reach" of the frame (how long it is) while inseam determines seat-tube length. Your Schwinn dealer can help you figure out these two measurements and how to find the frame size that fits you, but in general bikes get longer as they get larger.

When your bike is adjusted correctly, you'll have a saddle height that leaves a slight bend in the knee when your foot is at the bottom of the pedal stroke and a reach that leaves a slight bend at your elbows when you are gripping the handlebars. (That slight bend in your elbows actually forms a shock absorber for your upper body).

Helpful hint: Every Schwinn bike sold at your neighborhood bike shop has a sizing label on it that tells you the general range of heights the bike will fit.

Fine-tuning the fit:

After your dealer has helped you find the right size bike, he or she can help you fine-tune the fit - just like a tailor does alterations on a suit or dress. Your dealer may make adjustments to your riding position and/or swap out different components - such as the handlebars, stem or saddle -- to solve any comfort and fit issues. Some more common areas of discomfort can be neck, back, arms and butt. If it hurts, you likely need to fine-tune your bike's fit. Bike fitting should be done by a trained professional and will cost an additional $75 - $250 depending on the length of the session.


KIDS: THEY GROW UP SO FAST (But our bikes grow with them)

Since kids change so quickly, children's bikes are designed to adjust to their overnight growth spurts The rims of the bike's tires serve as a good measurement for size.

Child's Height Bicycle Size
28-38 inches 12-inch wheels
38-48 inches 16-inch wheels
48-60 inches 20-inch wheels