Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
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Giant seems to put a basket on their girl's bike
and fenders on their boy's bike.
My mom got my son the 16" boy's version when he was 4, he's just about perfect for it now, coming up on 6.5, it will surely see him through this coming summer, raising the seat and pushing the bars up. It's his daily driver going to 1st grade.
REI seems to do the same gender split fenders/baskets, but their 20" girls' bike has one fender, no basket:
it also has handbrakes plus a coaster, if I'm reading it right.
I've been skimming bike info looking for something for my soon to be 3 yr old, she only cares about the color, I don't know if I want 12" (which would fit now) or 16" wheels (which she'd grow into and would eventually last her a bit). I also don't know if I want another brand-name bike like my mom got my son, or just a target bike. I had to build the Giant bike same as I would any x-mart bike. It was cool that the Giant bike fit a kickstand I had lying around once the training wheels came off though. I've heard that a la carte parts compatibility (or lack thereof) is the real hidden story of dept store bikes. The target bikes seem to be starting around $40, so for me, once I'm past the size of a single $20 bill (plus tax), the leap to a c-note doesn't seem so far.