I'm just a mom, but I'm a big fan of well-made bikes. I have ponied up the big bucks at the LBS for my kids' bikes and I've searched and found well-made kid bikes in classified ads. I've also taught a couple of my kids' friends to ride while their parents watch football games and drink soda. This question is for the most frequently present of those kids. This kid has been riding a truly terrible bicycle up until now, so unbalanced that the kid can hardly ride.
Her family cannot possibly afford a nice bike-shop bike. They refuse to have anything to do with a second-hand bike (arrrgh). They've chosen to buy a Shwinn Ranger from Target for her next bike. I went to look at it yesterday and I'm pretty worried that it is going to be a waste of money, at best. The rear derailleur has a red plastic sprocket in the pulley (not truly sure of the terms here). How can that last? Won't it begin to warp and stop working?
Does anyone have any experience with bikes like this? Will this bike be fixable when it breaks?
(first time post - glad to find a family bike forum)