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Old 04-17-08, 07:54 AM   #1
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Greetings from Jackson MI

Got back into it the last few years first with a K2 mountain bike and a Felt Tri bike. Rode the trails a lot in the East Bay early 90's.

A brand new paved rail trail was completed right behind my house last fall. Currently looking for a roadie for my 9 year old. A 43 cm with 650 wheels was suggested at a LBS. Any thoughts?
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If your LBS has one in stock, you are way ahead of most other parents! 650 wheels can be a bit harder to find tyres for, but at least one of my own bikes has 650s, and I am quite pleased with it.

Which bike is the LBS suggesting?


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Don't tell her exactly where it's located or she'll buy it right our from under you, she's sneaky that way.

You just can't trust anyone with a pink carbon-fiber star.

Welcome to the forums, watch out for the squirrels.
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Don't tell her exactly where it's located or she'll buy it right our from under you, she's sneaky that way.

You just can't trust anyone with a pink carbon-fiber star.

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I'll have to switch to the blue carbon fibre star instead! Nor will I buy it out from under you--I am just surprised that your local bike shop has a junior size road bike .

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No, she wont snake it out from under you, but she's still like a ninja... except for the whole not being stealthy thing.
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Actually the LBS does not have it in stock. My son did get a chance to throw his leg over a 43 cm bike at a Trek store in Florida. Not sure if it had 650 wheels but the top tube seemed kinda long for him.
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Actually the LBS does not have it in stock. My son did get a chance to throw his leg over a 43 cm bike at a Trek store in Florida. Not sure if it had 650 wheels but the top tube seemed kinda long for him.
Could he have been trying a Woman Specific Design? The geometry on WSD bikes is different, to allow for women's torsos being different from those of men.

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well hai thar

im from greenville, ms

ya i was thinkin you were from jackson, ms

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yeah it was a women's bike.

Still not sure which way to go with this.
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yeah it was a women's bike.

Still not sure which way to go with this.
Not all the WSD bikes fit the same way. I tried a Trek WSD when I first started looking for a decent road bike, and it did not fit me at ALL. But the Specialized Dolce Elite fit like a glove (it was a 44cm, and with 700c wheels, too)! So, have him try out a few...

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Thanks for the advice...

The problem is finding a 43 cm frame here in Michigan.

I've called around to LBS unsuccessfully.

I've checked Craig's list in Detroit and Ann Arbor without success.

I'm not in a big rush as his B-Day is not until June.
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I know that my Specialized Dolce came in 44cm...and it was in stock at the LBS. Would he be able to fit that?

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