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    need help on up-grading my daughters bike

    she is age 11 and 50" tall. we do mainly paved bike trails. i like to replace her single speed little kids bike to something more conformable to ride. she may be into going more if the bike is something up to date.
    i ride a diamond back outlook.

    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn...il/outlook-09/

    that i just got.
    what do you guys recommend? i am looking for a bike that she can grow into.
    thanks
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    Depends where / how much she rides. What about buying her a nice folder? She could have a nice bike to ride for man years.

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    How about getting her what you are riding, in the appropriate size? I see they come in sizes down to xxs...

    It would seem to be pretty motivational to ride the same bike as you... And if you get the size that is on the slightly large size of what she can ride now, it should last her for a couple of years.

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    It all depends on how much she rides. If it's flat I wouldn't go away from a single speed too soon. They're lighter and easier to use. Raleigh has some great bikes that aren't too expensive and you can get a good fit too.

    how's this? http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/women/retro-1/ , if you can get that in a small enough size it would be really nice. Or are you looking for something a little bit more high performance?
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    Try going with a 15" Raleigh Venture base model. It only has 7-speeds and one shifter with one rear derailer. Enough to get her started with a shifting bike, but nothing to overwhelm her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post
    Depends where / how much she rides. What about buying her a nice folder? She could have a nice bike to ride for man years.
    +1 to this suggestion.
    Recently got my 10 yo son a Xootr Swift folding bike;
    it is light weight, responsive, easy for him to ride.
    While a little more$ than other choices, we should be able
    to adapt it as he grows.

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    Look at what the other kids are riding. This establishes the current trend. Then ask a kid which bike they'd like to have if they could. This establishes "cool." Then find out her preference for color. This covers individuality. Now remember that she's going to be growing. This establishes intelligence on your part.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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