Originally Posted by DieselDan
Coaster brake only. He's 8 doesn't really have the hand/eye coordination to use hand brakes yet. Don't let anyone tell you different. If so, have a good dentist and periodontist on speed dial.
Each kid is different DieselDan.
I have an eight year old that enjoys riding single track mountain biking with me. First race was at seven with hand brakes.
I have a seven year old that pretty much only rides as a stoker on our tandem or on a TAB. Enjoys riding, just does not have urges to get out alone.
I have a four year old that just may learn to ride before the seven year old.
Blanket statements usually have alot of holes in them.