Recreational & Family - Sometimes you are just lucky (Found a kid's bike)
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08-31-11, 10:16 PM
There has been a lot of discussion about finding bikes suitable for smaller kids. I found one today for sale in the local Goodwill store. It is a Giant Yukon circa 1996 based upon a date stamped in one of the parts and looking at pictures and specifications for the 1995 and 1998 models. The frame is aluminum, the fork cromoly, and the rims are American made Weinmann. The frame was built in Taiwan. It weighs 26 pounds. You don't often find bikes like this particularly since the bike cost $25 with my senior citizen discount. It obviously had been cared for and not ridden much as it looks exceptionally nice after cleaning. I spent about an hour lubricating the bearings, cleaning up the bike, and replacing one tube. Everything works on the bike and is properly adjusted - brakes, shifters, and derailleurs. The frame is halfway between a woman's mixte frame and a standard diamond frame which means the seat has a wide latitude for adjustment. I figure it would work well for a child with a height from about 4' 6" to over 5 feet. Not many bikes are that adjustable. It will be destined for one of the smaller kids in my Scout Troop as we begin our annual cycling merit badge in October. Sometimes the real gems are hidden beneath a layer of dust, grease, and flat tires.
09-02-11, 01:56 PM
Amazing. Don't you just love when you find a diamond in the rough? Congrats!
09-03-11, 02:07 PM
Correction - the frame is chromemolybdenum steel (chromemoly) too. I checked it with a magnet. Magnets don't stick to aluminum (or carbon). Still, the 26 pound weight is correct. I do like finding older bikes that have been neglected but not abused. They are a great source of excellent bikes for people who can't afford to buy a new one. I cringe every time a Scout shows up for cycling merit badge with a brand new MegaGiant box store abomination. They are nice and shiny but often are more suitable to be used as a weight for weight lifting than for riding 50 miles as the Scouts eventually have to do to complete the requirements. It is easier to find larger frame bikes for the older boys but finding a small frame one is unusual.
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