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    Light Kid's BMX Bike

    Looking for recommendations for a light, single speed bmx bike, for a taller, beginner rider. I remember seeing some of the racing mini-bmx bikes when my brother would race, but would like to keep it under $500.
    I know everyone is going to say, "I grew up with a burly/heavy bike and I didn't have any problems," but ligher would definitely work better for the mostly road riding she will be doing to start. So many of the kid's bikes are so overbuilt with full suspension and massive frames. My kid's bike shouldn't weigh the same as her dad's 60 cm road bike.
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    Just about any sub-$500 complete from a reputable company would do for a young kid, I'd think. The only real variable that comes in to play would be your kid's height and top tube length.

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    I believe that he's looking for a "my kid intends to ride around the neighborhood" kind of bike, not a race bike.

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    My kids ride around the neighborhood on very lighweight bmx race minis....they work great for that. Scour craigslist and ebay for used deals and big bmx online stores for sales. Kids gow into the next size quickly. Take care of the bike and you'll recover most of the cost by reselling when the kid outgrows it.

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    My kids loved riding this:


    It is a Redline Micro Mini that was given to us by another member on these forums. Light and fast and held up pretty good to being ridden by two boys, both of whom have moved on to larger bikes.

    As other have said, the race style bikes will be lighter and you can change the driver on the back to meet your riding style. I too would say watch craigslist or check with your local BMX style bike shop. If there is a track near you, stop by there too and see if anyone is selling a micro or mini bmx racer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Here-abouts the BMX bikes sold are all made thrash resistant sturdy.. anything else is rare..

    WABAC, Campagnolo used to make a color anodized set of BMX components,
    for the kind of racing they gave medals for at the London Olympics.

    thats the light end of the design spectrum.. that is why I asked about race BMX, vs stunt users.

    Got a track to get races together, then the local market would favor one kind over the other,
    but they seem as rare as indoor velodromes in the US..

    who won the BMX medals ?
    I'm assuming that English isn't your first language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    My kids loved riding this:


    It is a Redline Micro Mini that was given to us by another member on these forums.
    Thats not a micro mini. Micro minos are tiny, almost comical looking, with 18" wheels and built for 4-5 year olds. The bike pictured is more like a junior.

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    BTW, if you are unfamiliar with how BMX racing bikes are sized this link is helpful..

    http://www.danscomp.com/serve/produc...riderchart.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    Thats not a micro mini. Micro minos are tiny, almost comical looking, with 18" wheels and built for 4-5 year olds. The bike pictured is more like a junior.
    Bike was given to us by another forum member who owned a bike shop. Was told it was a micro mini. Redline model number is PTP MR140 Mini Racer. It does run 20" wheels. Boys rode it from about 5 or 6 to about 8. Both have larger bikes now.
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