I have a LBS that I really like and am planning to buy a new bike for myself when the 2007s come in. Since i have been commutting by bike nearly every day my kids have been excited to get bikes (5 year old and 3 year old boys). I went to my LBS to have my wheel trued and the kids started getting on bikes at the store and were really excited. I asked a guy that works there if it was stupid to buy a kids bike from a LBS over getting one from Walmart, Target, Sears etc. I know the "quality" won't be as good but my kids are small and growing and why spend a chunk of change on a bike that they will grow out of shortly. His response was, "the Specialized frames are really light weight which is easier on the kids when they are learning and if you get the older boy one of these bikes the younger one can enjoy it when he gets older." I'm not sold. I was thinking of checking Craigs List or going by some chain store to see what they have. Thoughts?