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Old 09-17-11, 05:16 PM   #1
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Folding Bike for a 7 year old

I have Citizen Tokyo that belongs to my daughter. My daughter is now riding my Dahon Boardwalk so I want to give the Citizen to my son for next season. He is tall for his age - about 50 inches and 64 pounds. The Citizen web site says that the Tokyo is recommended for teens and adults that are 5'0-6'0 ft tall but the bike is so small and the handlebars are adjustable. What do you think?
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Old 09-17-11, 05:18 PM   #2
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Try it on for size, no harm in trying. Those website numbers are "recommendations" not hard fast rules.

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Dahon Sweet Pea is a small bike. http://www.aviation-weblog.com/50226...lding_bike.php I see them come up on Ebay once in a while.
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Thanks for the replies.

The Dahon Sweet Pea is very cute! I have yet to see one on ebay or craigslist.

I'll see if he fits on the bike I have. I have the Citizen lying around so if it doesn't fit him this year, I can always save it for next. i just have to make sure I keep it lubricated. At the end of the day, a folding bike is actually a great choice for kids as you don't have to upgrade it as much.
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The Raleigh RSW is a small folder also.
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Old 09-18-11, 06:29 PM   #6
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Dahon Sweet Pea is a small bike. http://www.aviation-weblog.com/50226...lding_bike.php I see them come up on Ebay once in a while.
here's a sweet pea for sale but in los angeles.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...574456222.html
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Dahon Curve is Ok(ish) for a big 7 year old In my experience.
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At the end of the day, a folding bike is actually a great choice for kids as you don't have to upgrade it as much.
I 100% agree with that statement. I bought my 9 year old a 1990's Brompton 5 speed last year and it'll be his permanent bike until he moves out. The 1990's B's have a shorter wheel base which was perfect for him.
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Dahon Curve is Ok(ish) for a big 7 year old In my experience.
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My 8 year old has been riding my Curve SL, occassionally, for about a year and likes it a lot. I hope to do some "Rinko" touring rides (taking bikes on the train) with him starting next year, so, after I decide on a new bike for myself, I will likely give it to him and chop off part of the seatpost so it doesn`t come so close to the ground when fully inserted.
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Dahon Curve is Ok(ish) for a big 7 year old In my experience.
It certainly can work. Here's a video of my 6 year old son riding a Downtube Mini, which is a 16" folder, similar to the Curve. I just reversed the handlebars, and it fit him just fine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maqxGlCir0

Just for grins, this is a video of him 9 months later, on a 20" Abio folder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7OhSwjQD-4
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It certainly can work. Here's a video of my 6 year old son riding a Downtube Mini, which is a 16" folder, similar to the Curve. I just reversed the handlebars, and it fit him just fine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maqxGlCir0

Just for grins, this is a video of him 9 months later, on a 20" Abio folder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7OhSwjQD-4
Love that video Alan. He is growing up well.
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There is a Sweet Pea for sale right now http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dahon-Sweet-...item35b692ab36
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