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Old 07-15-12, 01:33 PM   #1
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nice folding bike for a 9 year old?

The idea is to buy my 9 year old a good quality foldable bike which she can ride till she is much older.

I am looking for something with 16-20" wheels. I want to be able to use the Trailgator to latch her bike on to my MTB when she is tired. Of course, when she is not using the foldy, daddy can also take it out for a spin........

I want something of good quality for her so she will enjoy the activity.

Has anyone done something similar? Which ones will work?

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Old 07-15-12, 02:03 PM   #2
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Not sure how a Trailgator attaches, that might be sticky. I would look at all of the major brands like Dahon, Tern and the folding options from Raleigh, Schwinn and Giant. I would think something like the Dahon Curve D3 would work well. I would also consider looking for a gently used one via CL.

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Yea the adjustability makes folders grow with younger riders, particularly Girls,
who won't treat it like they were trying to get in the X games,
in jumping skate park bowls.

IDK about their riding past their endurance levels to keep up with you..

note Kate, said to be in the 2nd grade , mentioned here:
:http://clevercycles.com/blog/2009/10...es-a-brompton/

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Another option, if you have done well economically, converts
http://www.en.tout-terrain.de/trailers/146/
A 'trailabike' with suspension to a bike with dual suspension, German
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Thanks. Kate riding that Brompton looks encouraging. I was not sure of the concept but it is good now.

Reckon the principle will work on the Moulton TSR too?

That Streamliner+ looks awesome. Just that dad can't have a go at it. ;-)

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My son is 8 years old and ride my Downtube Mini with 16" wheels. He started when he was 6 yrs old. It should last him until he's 6' tall or if/when fashion conformance overwhelms practicality. Of course, my hope is that he's so used to seeing his Dad ride "funny" bikes that it's the norm.

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It is workable - would suggest Dahon, Tern, Downtube, Citizen should be good possibilities. Yes, you could spend more money, but will she continue to ride a significnt amount after she gets to age 14 or 15, as SesameCrunch has noted?

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These sliding bikes are adjustable which would be perfect as she grows and ages.

http://www.giatex.com/

http://www.slidingbike.com/
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Reckon the principle will work on the Moulton TSR too?
well if that is what you have, sitting around ? but the reach is more parts swapping then,
seatpost, bars , since the telescoping seatpost is not part of the design.

If she goes into Driving Cars only, then you get to take over the bike.
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I've certainly seen a girl, I'd guess about that age, cycling to school on a Brompton in Kensington (London). The issue (besides the cost) would be the folding and handling while it was folded, certainly carrying it up any stairs. But I think a small cockpit folder may do very well.

(Also seen a similarly aged girl standing on the rear rack of a Brompton, with her hands on her father's shoulders!)

Suddenly thought "I've posted this before!" Twice, as it turns out, but this thread may be of use to you: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...son?p=13182419
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