For starters, I've never built a bike for a kid (she's 8...and all of the bikes I work on are classic & vintage).
She's the daughter of my GF's best friend and they don't have a lot of money. Her uncle bought her an X-mart bike about a year ago, but the thing will break and I don't want her turned off by a crappy bike.
I have 2 frames...an old[er] Schwinn and an old[er] Haro. I don't care which is the donor bike.
We (my GF and I) don't have the money to buy her a bike outright, so I thought i'd piece one together as we could afford the parts.
If I was doing this for myself, this wouldn't be an issue, because i know i like riding.
I don't need top-of-the-line...i'm looking for durability. If you were building a bike for an 8 year old, who may or may not be riding in a few years, what would you get (and what would you steer clear of)?
I'm also building a 3-wheel cruiser for her son (he's 10)...that one is more up my alley!
Thanks in advance
(i know...search the forums & i'll find my answers)