Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 2009 Kona Blast, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
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I bought my 9 year old son a used mountain bike (Trek 800), no suspension fork, 21 speed with trigger shifters, and slick street tires.
IMO, though certainly not a road bike, this bike is lighter, faster, easier to ride, and more fun than those entry level 10 speeds I remember from the 70s. I am sure quality kid sized classic vintage lightweight road bikes exist, but I have not seen many.