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How to Measure a Bike's Frame Size

author image W D Adkins
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, W D Adkins has been writing professionally since 2008. He writes about business, personal finance and careers. Adkins holds master's degrees in history and sociology from Georgia State University. He became a member of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009.
How to Measure a Bike's Frame Size
The right frame size means a better biking experience.

Bicycles are measured according to their frame size. Bike frame size in turn is defined by the length of the seat tube--the vertical part of the frame that supports the seat and seat post assembly. Choosing a bicycle with the proper fit makes riding more comfortable and you have better control. Individuals vary, but if you are between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, an 18-inch bike is most likely a good fit. If you are shorter, try a 16-inch bike. For taller persons, a 20-inch or larger model may be best.

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Step 1

Locate the top of the seat tube. This is the point where the seat post enters or joins the bike frame. The seat post is the part that the bicycle seat is actually connected to.

Step 2

Find the bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is a cylindrical component at the bottom of the seat tube. It’s where the pedals are connected to the bike.

Step 3

Measure the length of the seat tube from the top of the seat tube to the center of the bottom bracket. That measurement is the bicycle’s frame size.

Step 4

Convert your measurement if necessary. Some bikes are sized in millimeters and some in inches. There are 25.4 millimeters in one inch. To convert inches to millimeters, multiply the measured inches by 25.4. To change millimeters to inches, divide your measurement in millimeters by 25.4.

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