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A three speed would work with either of those frames.
Have you looked at the possibility of a folder? They fit a wide range of sizes, and would be usable for a long time.
If you decide to go 3 speed, I would go with a new hub, prior to 1984 the Sturmey Archer 3 speeds would "go neutral" in between gears if not adjusted properly. A new SA coaster brake 3 speed
will run ~$70usd. I bought one NIB from eBay a year or so ago for $45 for a friend.
You can always save the 3 speed when she gets a larger bike. We did that with my daughter, she still is riding the same hub she did when she was 8 and she will be 26 this year.
Hers happens to be a SRAM 3 speed.
IF you can find a reasonably priced Raleigh Twenty you would have a bike that would fit her for a long time too. We have a couple of them, and they are our go to bikes for a lot of riding.
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Last edited by wahoonc; 04-27-13 at 05:47 AM.