A Christmas Present to Stand the Test of Time

A Christmas Present to Stand the Test of Time

If you remember your childhood Christmas gifts, the likelihood is that a bicycle will feature quite highly on that list. The decades pass by, THE bike to own changes, but the excitement for children receiving a new bicycle never ages.

Here’s a little throw back to me and my family enjoying Christmas dinner in the 80’s. Could you have guessed the decade???

Eighties Family Christmas Dinner

I remember receiving bicycles as a child and being over the moon with excitement. I must have been about 7 or maybe 8, when all I wanted for Christmas was a Raleigh bicycle. I seem to remember my cousin had the same wish. In fact, I can even remember the model she wanted, a purple Raleigh Calypso.

In the eighties … everyone wanted a Raleigh bike!


My Raleigh of choice was a Raleigh Bianca. I have managed to track down a photo of one online (thank you Gumtree) and it’s exactly how I remembered it. How 80/90s does this look? Just looking at this bike makes me feel quite nostalgic and makes me wish I’d hung on to every bike I owned.

Retro Raleigh Bianca Bike

I’m sure my children would love to use my second-hand bikes over shiny new ones… no? Maybe not …

It’s probably just as well I didn’t save them.

Charlie and Noah will be having new bikes this year. I was going to take them in to get measured up in store, but a very wise parent pointed out that this may well give the game away, when it comes to keeping their Christmas gifts top secret. How had I not cottoned onto this myself?

I have a feeling my kids would smell a rat if I were to take them into store to get measured up, so I have been looking for a simple way of doing this ourselves at home. It’s important that we get the size right, so that their new bikes are not uncomfortable or difficult to ride. Noah can be accident at the best of times and we have no desire to spend Christmas day in A&E.

Here’s how we will be measuring up our kids, for their Christmas bikes:

One thing to note when choosing the right sized bike for your child, is that they are sized according to the wheel size and not the frame.

  • Measure your child’s height with a tape measure.
  • Take this measurement and use the table below to decide which size bike will be ideal for your child.
  • If they’re in between two sizes, go for the larger bike.


Wheel Size Age (Years) Height (Inch) Height (cm)
Balance 2 – 4. 2′ 11″ – 3′ 5″ 88 – 105
12″ 3 – 5. 3′ 3″ – 3′ 8″ 98 – 112
14″ 4 – 6. 3′ 5″ – 3′ 10″ 105 – 117
16″ / 18″ 5 – 8. 3′ 8″ – 4′ 2″ 112 – 127
20″ 7 – 9. 3′ 10″ – 4′ 6″ 117 – 136
24″ 8 – 11. 4′ 2″ – 4′ 9″ 127 – 145


If you are not confident with measuring your own child up for their bike, than you could always pop into your local Halfords store, where they’d be only too happy to help. Your child can also have a go sitting on the different sizes, so that you can be confident that you have the correct fit.

So here’s to granting Christmas wishes, with the present that has been the top of children’s Christmas lists for a lifetime! Merry Christmas everyone!!


*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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