Upgrading Specialized Hotrock 20 coaster
Just picked up a used hotrock 20" for my son.
I feel that these kids bikes are way too heavy for kids, and I'm actually quite appalled by junk components used by even name brand bikes.
My 6year old son weighs 44lbs and he bike weighed 23.2 lbs on the bathroom scale, which is over 50% of his body weight.
Its so heavy for him that he has hard time holding it upright.
I'd like to bring the weight down by couple of pounds.
What would be the most cost effective upgrade for around $100?
Some ideas I have:
- lighter aluminum wheelset + tires ($20 @Treefort, already picked up one Tioga powerblock to replace the worn rear)
- Replace seatpost + handlebars ($???)
- Sinz cranks + rings ($50 ebay) + BB-UN26 bottom bracket($15 amazon)
- Forks(I'd rather not do this one since it may require a stop to the LBS ??)
I've purchased the bike second had for $100, so I'd rather not spend more on parts than the price of the bike.
My previous thread about the crappy rear coaster wheel:
Coaster rear wheel sucksl
IDK what your riding plans with your Kid are ,
you can get a coaster brake included with a Sturmey Archer 3 and 5 speed internal gear hub
and thus be able to have more than one gear ratio turning the wheel.
I'd rather avoid multiple gears at this point in time.
I just want something quality that isn't junk, so he would be able to enjoy riding around the street and to school.
I was hoping that a second hand Specialized bikes would be world of difference than wal-mart bikes, but disappointed to find that they are more or less the same.
Nothing I can do from a keyboard .. happy shopping ..
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