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Old 06-11-10, 11:40 PM   #1
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Folding bicycle for children?

Is there one that would be suitable for children age of 8-10 range (and up?)
While seat post might be adjustable to accomodate the height, I am just not sure on the reach to the handle, etc.

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Sesame Crunch sticks a tot on one of his bikes, I believe he twiddled the handlebars around so Tiny Tim could reach. He'll be along in a minute.
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Sesame Crunch sticks a tot on one of his bikes, I believe he twiddled the handlebars around so Tiny Tim could reach. He'll be along in a minute.
Sure 'nuff. And I got the pictures to prove it...

My 6 yr old on a 16" wheel Downtube Mini:




Here he's on a 20" wheel Abio belt drive folder

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My then 11 yr old (and fairly tall) grandson had no problem riding my Dahon S1.

He has also ridden the wife's BF Crusoe (approx. a medium sized frame) at ages 11 and 12. Both bikes were easy to set up for him.

His parents have since both purchased Fridays - He'll have to stop growing before he gets one, too.

If the kid is much younger, a 16" model, like Sesame Crunch's kid is riding would likely be better.

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Great stuff! Thank you guys.

My 9 year old probably is better off with 20 inch wheels, 7 year old probably will be good fit with the downtube mini you showed me. (more attractive considering I have almost 3 years old who is size of typical 4 year old... so definitely good hand me down the line I can envision)

Now, where can I look into that downtube mini? All I see is nova, etc?
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Downtube product line appears to have shrunk along with the economy. E-mail Yan at Downtube regarding availability?
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I highly recommend folders for kids, it is one of the few bikes that I know of that can actually grow with the kid, instead of having to scrounge up another bike every couple of years. I wish I had thought of the folders when my two were coming along. We had a sizable bike collection of varying sizes that we swapped around between 3 families depending on who need what when.

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Heh, I was just going to ask the question, "Why should you want a folder for a child?" as children's bikes are small enough to fit in a cat boot. The grow along with the child is not a bad argument.

OTOH folding bikes cost a lot more?
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Great stuff! Thank you guys.

My 9 year old probably is better off with 20 inch wheels, 7 year old probably will be good fit with the downtube mini you showed me. (more attractive considering I have almost 3 years old who is size of typical 4 year old... so definitely good hand me down the line I can envision)

Now, where can I look into that downtube mini? All I see is nova, etc?
The Dahon Curve is similar in size to the Mini.
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here is a Downtube with a hub for sale: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/1785946285.html

A Mini in Boston http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/1789632787.html

A Mini in Minneapolis http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/da...741959243.html
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Heh, I was just going to ask the question, "Why should you want a folder for a child?" as children's bikes are small enough to fit in a cat boot. The grow along with the child is not a bad argument.

OTOH folding bikes cost a lot more?
It may cost more on the front end if you buy new, but if you have to buy a decent quality bike for a kid every couple of years the payback comes quickly. I did a quick check and between 1989 and 1999 we purchased 9 bikes for my kids at an average price of $300...that would pay for a couple of higher end folders. If you are handy and get a decent quality base bike to work with you can continually upgrade or swap parts around to make things work. My two ALWAYS got decent quality bikes to ride, one of my daughter's favorites was a 20" wheel BMX bike from GT with a 5 speed cluster on the rear, added a set of smooth tires and fenders and she rode it a couple of miles to school every day when she was in the 2nd grade, and she was quick on that thing. She also rode several 20 mile weekend family style rides on it too.

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