I think we're done with department store bikes that don't last. Both my wife and I have gotten into triathlons and since doing so, we just like to ride more. We're blessed to live in an area that's bike friendly. The nearest trail is a few blocks away and connects to a fairly extensive network of trails with destinations that both we and the kids enjoy.
We'd like to get another bike for our son so that we could go longer distances, maybe 6 to 8 miles one way to a beach or outdoor concert and then ride back an hour or two later. He does 4 miles OK now on his cheap bike but it's hard enough work for him that he only wants do it occasionally. The new bke would be mostly for next season, so he'd be another year older (8).
What are good quality brands that make kids bikes? Trek? Is he too young for gears? The trend for kids seems to be BMX style bikes which is fine as long as it won't be too heavy to go a little distance.
Fall seems like a good time to get a bike at a good price. Used is OK too. His younger sister will be riding a tag-along for our more lengthy journeys, although that probably has no bearing on what to get our son.
Thanks for any input !