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Old 08-29-01, 09:49 PM   #1
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Good Starter BMX for my Little Bro

My 9 year old brother has amazed me with how much he knows about BMX and how serious he is about ridin'. I think he's serious enough to retire his "huffy" and I would like to know what you all recommend and a good replacement bike for him.

I remember thinking I was the "stuff" back in the day with my GT, but I have no idea what I should even be looking for when choosing a bike for my little brother. I'm sure he would enjoy any bike, but I was thinking around $250-300 should get him a decent one he can trick out and thrash on hard.

What do you all suggest?
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Old 08-29-01, 11:07 PM   #2
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Good question. I have a 4 year old who's just now getting into bikes. He has a small schwinn with training wheels on it but I definitely want to get him a bmx as soon as he's ready.

I'll let him pick out the bike when he's up to it.

I too was a GT riding teen. I thought it was the ***** at the time. Unfortunately my relationship with that bike came to an abrupt halt when it got ripped off.
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Old 09-01-01, 11:45 PM   #3
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For the nine year old, most bikes in that range are giood strarter bikes.
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Old 09-09-01, 05:27 PM   #4
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I would like to know what you all recommend and a good replacement bike for him. What do you all suggest?
I suggest one with two wheels and a frame. That would be a good start. J/K.
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Old 01-23-02, 07:31 PM   #5
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First your brother can work on the basics in bmx. But if he knows the basics already then he can do a the small advance bmx tricks. But if he knows both of them. Then he can do more advance bmx tricks and so on and the bmx bike I think your brother should get is one that he can handle very well and that he can do tricks on. I am happy to help. Your welcome.
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Old 01-23-02, 07:34 PM   #6
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I messed something up in that post. It has a a in the middle. Just skip the a and read the the. Thanks.
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D.K all the way!
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Old 01-24-02, 10:55 PM   #8
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What type of riding does your little brother do? Redline makes a great entry level street/dirt bike that falls into youe price range.
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Old 01-25-02, 05:39 AM   #9
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Yer most little kids ride Redline Bikes.
http://www.redlinebicycles.com
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I feel the key is a LIGHTWEIGHT bike - CORRECTLY SIZED for what he wants to do. He is small enough to really rip on an aluminum frame without breaking it - and there are quite a few out there that aren't "too" expensive.
I've seen some pretty good bikes in your price range and below from GT and Haro - and obviously there are tons from the "custom" frame companies, but you'll likely get out of your price range.

I suggest checking out PHKBICYCLES.COM
I just bought a Standard STA OX from them and they are the best folks i have dealt with. I've had to ask a ton of questions, since I am from the old GT, Hutch, SE, "Rad" days. PHK answered ALL of my questions, where many other guys wouldn't give me the time of day. (I was even calling bike companies themselves)

They give FREE SHIPPING on anything over $250 - and no tax, so you can save yourself a chunk of cash (save $40-60+)
And, their prices are better than any other places I've seen on the web, and they completely smoke local shop prices.

Keep in mind that the triple wall rims, 8+ pound frames, massive cranks and all this other beefy stuff is mostly for bigger guys. He may struggle throwing a tank around - so I would put weight at the top of my list - but not a racing frame, unless he is going to race bmx - the dropouts won't protect his freewheel and the geometry will be wrong if he is into street riding.

Another option? Ebay. But be careful who you buy from.
I've seen PK rippers in your price range, as well as some others.
But for new biks, PHKbicycles all the way.

Hope that helps.

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I think your brother should get a bmx bike that he can handle very well and can do tricks on it and safety parts on the bmx bike also. I am happy to help.
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