I want to get my daughter a new bike. She's 10 and we're on the cusp of car-free life.
She'll fit a 24" bike but in Australia I only seem to be able to find mountain bikes.
Despite, (rather offhandish) responses from my two LBS stores assuring me that it will be fine, I am reluctant to get her a mountain bike.
She will cycle between 30-40km a day, on roads and bike paths, sometimes in very heavy traffic. Cycling is our transport and we're a family with extra-curricular commitments and school to get to. Off road cycling will happen at most once or twice a year.
I've got a flat bar road bike and my husband has a hybrid. We don't want to make her have to work hard on a MTB to keep with us!
Some recommendations for a good bike for our daughter given the type of riding we will do are greatly appreciated.