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    What to get for my 9 year old sister?

    My sister is turning 9 in september and I want to get her a new bike that is appropriate for her size. Her current bike is a princess themed huffy that she has been riding since the training wheels came of). She is around 4'3" and likes riding a lot. Any suggestions?

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    I don't know much about children's bikes but here are two links to get you started:

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bike-finder/youth/

    http://www.konaworld.com/platform.cfm?content=kids
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    Get a BMX off of CL. She's still got at least two good growth spurts in her, so I wouldn't sink too much money into this right now.
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    I don't know what your budget is but when I worked at the bike shop we sold a lot of Jamis "youth" bikes. The parents and kids liked them.
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/youth/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Get a BMX off of CL. She's still got at least two good growth spurts in her, so I wouldn't sink too much money into this right now.
    +1^

    Girls usually grow faster than boys between 9 and 13 yrs of age.

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    In just three or four years, it will be time for an adult sized women's bicycle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    I don't know what your budget is but when I worked at the bike shop we sold a lot of Jamis "youth" bikes. The parents and kids liked them.
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/youth/index.html

    +1 ^

    I think Jamis just might be a tad better than the other place!

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    24" wheel Giant Areva, Raleigh Ivy

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    Specialized Hot Rocks are made in smaller sizes. It's completely possible to upgrade it with adult bike parts too. You can often find them in good shape on CL too.

    This is the bike both my kids learned to ride on. I got it used off CL about 7 years ago, and sold it for a profit on CL when they out grew it.




    I'd say get a good used one, because at that age it's likely only going to fit her for a couple years. And odd sized "tween" bikes are harder to resell than small framed adult bikes.
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    This is a really nice one that should last at least until she's ready for an adult sized women's bike:

    The Diamondback 24" Youth Model ~ $280
    www.jensonusa.com/Diamondback/Childrens-Bikes/Diamondback-Insight-24-Kids-Bike-12

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    If she's dainty, just add some bright flower decals....

    If she's on the Tomboy side, just add water!
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