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Old 04-23-09, 10:20 AM   #1
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Bike for 10yo daughter - Specialized Myka (small frame)vs. Elektra Townie 24"

I'm a bit lost about which bike to get my 10yo daughter. She's almost 4'9" - but pretty unathletic and only learned to ride this last month (on her single speed 20" bike). Grandma's getting her a new bike - but which one. Most shops are saying that she's really too big for the 24" bikes. And she can handle the small-framed 26" bikes (like the specialized myka - 13" frame size).

However, before we found that one, she was one trek and specialized 24" ones. Then we found an Elektra Townie 21D bike - with 24" wheels. She loves it. But I have 2 concerns. One is that she'll outgrow it quickly - and $480 on a bike she's almost outgrown seems foolish. The other thing is that we live in a hilly neighborhood. Most of her riding will have some hills (not any rough terrain beyond occasional flat dirt path -mostly asphalt). She may have loved riding the Townie in a flat parking lot for 5 minutes - but I worry if it will be harder on hills (even with the gears_ bc. she's leaning back and the mechanics may not be as good as the Specialized. I'm also worried that the Townie has a much wider turning radius - and she could encounter a turn and not react quickly enough.

I know comfort matters - but I'm worried that in the long run the Townie may be harder to ride - in terms of requiring more strength to go any distances or hills - and less responsive turning radius.

I saw some reviews of Townies - many love them but say you won't go faster than 8-12 mph. It's not that I need her to race - but I know she is not strong or athletic or quick in reflexes

Any input is much appreciated.
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Old 04-23-09, 10:58 AM   #2
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10 year old Daughter- Is it Pink?

Take the daughter to the shop and let her choose and get the size that is right.

Unless it is a gift that is coming and still take her to the shop and see what takes her fancy and what size to get at a later date.

But as a type of bike- I would go conventional. Her current liking for the Townie might only be on colour of the frame- or that it has a comfortable saddle. Colour you have a problem with but saddles can be changed.
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Old 04-23-09, 04:37 PM   #3
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Daughter's bike preference

Hi. No it's not pink - but she's past pink now. It's sky blue. She likes the color but it isn't the color that makes her want the bike. It's the comfort of the position - with easy step-through. It's a comfort bike as opposed to a mountain bike - or the specialized myka is, I think, a mountain with comfort features.

I'm sure she feels more confident because she can sit more upright and step through the bike. She's only been riding one month (one block distances bc. we have a hill that prevents her going further on a one-speed) - and riding a little kid's 20" at that. So anything her size feels a bit overwhelming now. I think she likes that the Townie feels more manageable. But I'm concerned that she's going to be accustomed to a bigger bike - even a non-step through - very soon - and then with the Townie it will be harder to ride in our hilly neighborhood.

Any bike we get her we'll get her a more comfortable seat - in fact the Myka she tried did have a comfort seat swapped out on it.

Any other opinions about bikes for a tall, non-athletic 10 yo girl - in a hilly neighborhood. I should also add that although she's not athletic, she has a lot of perseverence and I can imagine her wanting to ride a lot - for fairly long times.

Thanks.
Lynn.

PS - she also tried a Jamis durango - 26" wheel - just 12 1/2 inch frame. She liked that a lot but it was almost $700. She also liked it before she tried the Townie.
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Old 04-24-09, 10:09 AM   #4
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You should try to get whatever bike your daughter wants. I just wanted to let you know about the awesome Fuji Ace line of bikes. You should check them out before you make your decision.

EDIT- My 7 year old has the Fuji Ace 20.
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Old 04-25-09, 08:37 AM   #5
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You might look at a Trek Pure with gears. They look a lot like Townies this year,
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Trek 820 26".
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Trek 820 26".
+1 The trek 820 WSD is a step through frame with plenty of gears.
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+1 The trek 820 WSD is a step through frame with plenty of gears.
And has been heavily recalled due to frame safety issues.
As has the 2009 Specialized Myka (for defective handlebars)
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My daughter was 10 when I got her a new bike in the form of a 1980 Raleigh Saffron which is the non folding version of the Compact. She had ridden my Twenty Folder and had really liked it so I was sure the Saffron would make her happy as it's a little more compact and designed for women / young ladies.

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My daughter absolutely loves this bike as it fits her very well, is very comfortable, and the handling is nothing short of confidence inspiring which is good as my daughter was late to ride and not the monster her little sister is.

I have refitted the bike with alloy wheels to improve braking and we use the bike as a townie / commuter and she also has a lovely Basil panier to carry things.



This bike will grow with her and unless she ends up being six feet tall she could have it for a very long time... and she really likes the idea of still having this bike when she is 20, or 30.

Perhaps a modern folder would be an answer to your dilemma.
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Old 05-04-09, 04:40 PM   #10
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I would let her ride her current bike for a few more months. If she has only been riding for a month then she could probably benefit from some more experience before she goes bike shopping. A bike that may be a bit intimidating now may not be in a few months.
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And has been heavily recalled due to frame safety issues.
As has the 2009 Specialized Myka (for defective handlebars)
Where have you seen or heard of this? I can find no mention of any recall of the 2009 Trek 820.
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The Townies scale up really well. Give her the bike she likes.
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WE got our 10 yo son a Specalized Vita in an XS size- RED color.
He is 4'9" tall. The bike fits nicely and he rides and handles it well.
I know the series is targeted at female riders, get what fits and your
young rider is comfortable with.
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