Recreational & Family - Advice on bike for 5 yr old
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01-09-11, 04:08 AM
I have a almost 5 year old who rides without training wheels on his 12" bike (proud dad as he has been doing so since he turned 4). He is a small kid but has outgrown the 12" bike and want to upgrade but what bike.
I have seen the Specialised and the BYK e350 (which is a bit big but has great reviews). Also liked an avanti 16".
Any opinions / comments / suggestions.
(It almost as difficult as buying a road bike)
01-09-11, 04:34 AM
I am a proud dad or 4 kids, 3 of which are riders. The one thing I have learned is: got get them a bike that is just too big then have them switch between the old bike and new bike for 2 or 3 months. After that they should feel comfortable riding the big bike, and... if it is big enough it should last them 2-3 years. due to that fact I never pay more then $300 for a kids bike.
01-18-11, 11:08 PM
Hallo, due the short cyclus of kids bike, i prever cheap bike, but if you want to give your kid the best, i suggest you to buy kids bike that have good secondhand price. make sure that used bicyle price is good and easy to resell.
01-19-11, 09:15 AM
My preference was to buy a really nice bike for my child. After a year or two it was recycled - my second child got it. When he was done it went to my in-laws. Their two boys rode it for several more years. My wife and I think we got our money's worth, and my kids (and my nephews) had the pleasure of riding a high-quality bike.
To save money you can buy a nice bike used from Ebay or Craigslist. You'll still get a good bike (quality bikes last for many years).
Another way to recoup your costs is to sell the bike on Ebay or Craigslist after your child finishes with it. Good bikes hold a significant percentage of their value. Department store bikes not so much.
02-01-11, 09:46 PM
My son has ridden both a 12" specialized and a 16" specialized, and we've been very happy with both. We got the 16" used on Craig's List; it seems like the smaller the bike, the harder it is to find a nice one used. There are just fewer really small kids on bikes.
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