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    road bike for my 10 year old

    My 10 year old son is wanting a roadbike. I have looked at some from Target/Walmart- same bike same price.
    Are these bikes able to have parts replaced with "normal" parts when they break?
    Hes only gonna ride it for a few years before he outgrows the thing, so I expect breakage instead of wearing out.
    He is 5 foot with a 28 inch inseam, what frame size (in inches) will fit? he fits on a 49cm cannondale right now.
    thanks for any help
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    Target is starting to carry some Schwinns that actually have decent entry level parts like Shimano Altus cranks and derailers. Schwinn had gone the way of Roadmaster, Magna and Next but are now upping their game a bit. The Schwinn Prelude and Varsity are both under $300 and would be serviceable road bikes that would accept off the shelf replacement parts. Another good option is a used brand name road bike from a local bike shop. Lots of parents are in you same situation and trade in smaller bikes for larger, higher end versions as their children grow into young adults. I see decent used entry level road bikes for $200 or so quite often. Craig's list is an option but its a crap shoot.
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    Hes having to pay for 1/2 so he cant go too extravegant. we have looked at some treks and cdales, but going to the $700 range is kinda out for him. Craigs list here is not so good for bicycles, but i do check it frequently. im hoping for a deal there.

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    I posted a couple of years ago about getting a road bike for my then-10-year-old son. Like you, I found that road bikes are close to impossible to find in kids sizes. We do a lot of touring, so I took a chance on a BikedDirect Windsor Tourist, and it's an absolute steal for the price. Excellent quality, and standard parts. It went together quickly, and I needed just a quick trip to the LBS for a 5-minute adjustment because I didn't have a threaded headset wrench at the time.

    You don't say what your budget is, but something like http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...gesport_xi.htm might be an option ( or any of their other road bikes ). If you don't do your own wrenching then you should also factor in a trip to your LBS to do final assembly and adjustment.
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    Bikes Direct is an amazing resource for bikes that might only need a couple year use life. Not that they won't last longer; but, they are an amazing value. They ship quick, and are easy to assemble.

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    I bought my 12 year old grandson a Trek 7.2FX. When he outgrows it he won't have any problems selling it for a decent price. The bike shop may even take it as a trade in on a new bike.
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    my 10 year old son can almost fit
    on his mothers 43cm road bike

    if you can find a half decent xs road bike used
    you can likely sell it for near what you paid
    when he is done with it

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    Look at Junior roadbikes such as the felt F95.
    UCI specs for Junior bikes include mandatory lower gearing using the 26ft rollout test.
    Other features to look for are short cranks, narrow bars
    Miche make a Junior groupset.

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    Given the age and the rapidity with which the child will outgrow the bicycle, I wouldn't worry too much about replacement parts. I would purchase the lowest cost bicycle possible, including any shop costs to have it tuned and the wheel truing confirmed. Resale value, is rarely more than half the price of the bicycle, and a childs bike is not likely to be worth that much.

    Despite the prejudices against department store bicycles on this forum, they are very appropriate choices for children (and many adults).

    Any low cost bike is likely to need tune ups and probably wheel truing. If you don't have those skills they are valuable enough that it would be a good idea for you and your child to learn them as part of his new bike. Good source of information on the procedures and processes can be found in these sources

    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Wheelbu...xgy_mov_text_z
    http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Roll-Bil...f=pd_sim_mov_7
    http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-BBB-...f=pd_sim_mov_6

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    When our son was that age, we got him a flat bar road bike - xs size. He did two sagged tours, around 600 km each on it. IMHO - 49 cm seems a little large for his height. When he out grew it, we found a small road bike with 650 wheels, which he road a couple of years. The next bike was a vintage steel frame bike with down tube shifters, once he got use to the shifting - he really liked them because they were easier to use than either the grip shift of the flat bar or brifters of the small road bike. He also liked the steel frame ride, sad when he out grew it.
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    Felt makes some nice juvenile Road Bikes , a friend got a pair for his Sons.

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    thanks for your help, we are still looking at all options. there is a small bike shop here that specializes in older steel roadbikes that are refurbished and a good price too. might go that way also thinking about buying something like a cannondale then moving parts to a new frameset when he grows. Thanks for all your help.

    Jim and Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgsmith View Post
    there is a small bike shop here that specializes in older steel roadbikes...
    Sounds like a great place to find a small bike
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    I compromised a little on the build for my daughters bike. She is 7 this year and rides her single speed with great skill. I thought about options that would not only fit now but later and came up with this....

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    I took one bog standard folder (blue bike at the bike). Removed all the heavy unnecessary bits. Changed out the gripshift for an indexed thumb lever. Replaced the tires with marathons, Turned the bars around the 'wrong' way to make up for reach now and added a flat bar. The v brakes allowed for a lot of adjustment of the levers for kids sizes. The great thing about this is with a longer seat post and turning around the head set it could be ridden by a 15 year old just as well. A bit heavy, it rides nicely - heck I can even ride the thing at a stretch and I'm 190cm tall! Its only 8 speed, but it should last quite a while. Oh yes, and it folds so it can be carried in the car with ease.

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