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 Post subject: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:15 pm 
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Thanks to the awesome Ariann, we went to a fancy bike store and looked at some great bikes for small people. Looks like Leela really needs an 18". She's too tall for the 16" and too short to ride the 20" The bike store was out of bikes and won't be getting more in until this weekend.

So I have a bit of time to think about good brands. I see bikes for $80 at Target and Walmart and that is in sharp contrast to the $230 Cannondale bikes they had at the bike store. Is there really such a big difference in the quality, that I shouldn't be looking at a cheaper bike? Any bike brands you love?

I want to buy from the bike store, because they seem awesome about helping you fix stuff and replace things etc. And they have a trade in program for bike store quality bikes (aka no Huffys).

But if the only difference is the price point for a very uncoordinated 4 year who is mostly going to be learning to bike on flatish surfaces while I run behind her, the maybe it makes sense to just get a cheapo bike.

I bought an awesome Giro helmet from the bikestore, because I do feel like kids helmets are essential and I never felt comfortable with the Target one we had. The one I got is awesome and idiot proof. http://www.twowheelingtots.com/giro-dime/

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:45 pm 
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I've always advised customers to buy used bikes for kids, especially at that age. They're not riding them that hard, little kids tend not to be super careful with bikes and they outgrow them FAST. The specialized hot rock is a perennial favorite for parents I know who work in the bike industry. if you have a shop that sells used bikes, that would be my first choice. Or craigslist, if you feel comfortable.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:51 pm 
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Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it!

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:47 pm 
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yeah i think a used bike sounds ideal. i was going to say go cheap because they grow out of it so fast. that's what we did - but now i wish we'd got one used!! my son barely uses it because he is still learning to steer so i'm sure it will be in decent shape when he grows out of it (and i'll hopefully be able to resell or donate it to someone at that point).

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:50 am 
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We didn't go cheap specifically so we could keep trading up to used quality bikes without cost and also because her grandmother bought her first bike :) Also, the bike she has now should last her for at least four years (assuming no theft!) because of its sizing, so I'm not really worried about growing out of it fast, she's going to get a ton of use out of it (already does). I think her bike is a Giant brand, which is mostly what I've ridden over the years as well, but not because of any brand loyalty, just those are the bikes we've happened to like. Ditto with her scooter, I was fine with spending $60 on a good scooter because it's big enough that she'll be riding it for several years. PS, if you got a used bike of any quality, you could still take it in to a good bike shop for repairs. You don't have to buy the bike there to use the repair shop.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes for Kids?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:38 pm 
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I would just go for cheapo bike wether that is new or used is up to you. There is no need for a quality bike at this age. A cheaper bike that doesn't fall apart with good ratings would be perfect for a new rider. $230 for a kids bike personally just doesn't make sense to me at all for L's age.

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