My daughter has rode with me up to 15 miles on flat trails on her wmart bmx, I want to get her something with gears as soon as money allows so she can go on the hilly trail right next to our neighborhood.
She is fairly small and lightweight for her age but she's rode my wife's wmart full suspension mongoose 26er a very few times and with the seat fully low, to me it looks almost perfect for a proper mount/dismount but she doesn't like that she can't put her feet flat on the ground. I think she'll get over that easily when she learns the technique.
Don't know exactly what my budget is, less than $400 for sure, I had my eyes on a fuji kids road bike at sun and ski for $400 that I thought would be awesome but thinking about it there's no way she'd ever want to take her bmx to school again and I don't want her putting a $400 bike on the school bike rack to get banged up. I also looked at a specialized hot rock 24er at the lbs I bought my crosstrail from but after later seeing her on my wife's bike and that it works I'm really wanting to get her an adult bike. Wife and I both have some < 5 foot < 100lb ladies in our families and she seems to be shaping up to be like one of them. I'm thinking something that fits now may fit good 5 or 6 years from now when she's done growing.
I'm thinking something like a ladies step-through rigid 26er with some slicks or would there be some type of inexpensive step-through 700c hybrid that would work for her?