Hybrid bike sizing

Hybrid bikes are usually the top sellers in most bike shops because of their “general purpose” use, which allows you to ride them on both paved roads and rough, off road terrains.

However, like all other types of bikes, it is very crucial to pick up the right size of a hybrid bike. An improper fit can lead to discomfort and cause muscle pain.

Hybrid bike size chart

Your height Inseam Frame Size
5’0″ – 5’1″ 26″ – 28″ 15″
5’2″ – 5’3″ 27″ – 29″ 16″
5’4″ – 5’5″ 28″ – 30″ 17″
5’6″ – 5’7″ 29″ – 31″ 18″
5’8″ – 5’9″ 30″ – 32″ 19″
5’10” – 5’11” 32″ – 33″ 20″
6’0″ – 6’2″ 33″ – 34″ 21″
6’0″ – 6’2″ 34″ – 35″ 22″
6’2″ – 6’4″ 35″ – 36″ 23″

How to Size

1. Before you set out to measure the bike, you should first know your height and inseam measurements. These two measurements are very important in determining the right bike size for you. Inseam measurement is especially more important than the height.

To measure your height correctly, stand without your shoes with your back on a wall and place a book on your head. Now stand back and use a measuring tape to find out the distance between the bottom of the book and the floor. That’s your height.

To measure your inseam length, stand with your back and heels against the wall and place a book between your legs, in the pubic bone, under your crotch. Now stand back and measure the distance between the floor and the top edge of the book.

2. Next, measure the bike. The bike’s frame size is usually measured by the distance between the center of the crank to the top of the seat tube. This unit is usually expressed in inches. Most adult bikes range from 14” to 24”. The length of the top tube also varies according to the frame size; the bigger the frame size is, the longer the top tube is.

Stand over height is also a very crucial measurement, which is your inseam measurement minus the top tube height. Make sure there is a distance of 1-2 inches between your crotch and the top tube.

Hence, to measure the right bike size for you, you need to know the following things:

  • Frame size
  • Top tube length
  • Stand over height

The manufacturer’s recommended measurements are based on your height. So, if you are 5’10”, an 18” bike might be the right fit for you. However, they assume that your inseam measurements are between the usual ranges that is 31”-33” for a man of 5’10”. It is very common for people to be out of usual inseam ranges so, if that is the case, you will have to measure the right bike yourself instead of following the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Note that women specific bikes don’t just have different colors but have different measurements as well. They usually have a shorter top tube length to accommodate the shorter bodies and longer legs of women. Look out for bike sizing charts that are specific to women.