Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    87
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Aluminum or steel for an 8-year old ?

    For a kid who just learned how to bike, is it best to go with an aluminum OR steel bike? And why? Also want him to keep bike awhile. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    25,916
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Steel will take a lot more abuse than aluminium which is a pretty important factor as my daughter's tell me that the most important thing about learning to ride a bike is knowing how to crash well...

    They have also inherited their brother's old bikes which are going into their second decade of use and my 10 year old also has a beautiful vintage 20 inch cruiser that was made in 1973.

    Age, skill, and where you ride is going to a factor... if a child is able to follow you on the trails and or needs to do some climbing, a lighter aluminium bike would be a better choice.

    For flats, weight is not an issue and a steel bike will likely cost less.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,735
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    At some point Bialy, you should either act on all the questions you have asked opinions on or stop trolling.

    14 posts, all to threads you started with some repeat questions.
    Last edited by masiman; 03-15-08 at 10:35 PM.

  4. #4
    I found a road bike.
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    My Bikes
    K2 Attack 1.0sE
    Posts
    740
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Carbon Fiber.
    Youtube

    Blog

    "Skilled city cyclists move through traffic like gazelles through a field of fat cows."
    -JoeyBike

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    87
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by masiman View Post
    At some point Bialy, you should either act on all the questions you have asked opinions on or stop trolling.

    14 posts, all to threads you started with some repeat questions.
    Kindly retract your implied accusation of 'trolling'.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
    I believe your post violates the Forum Guidelines (see 'harassment' provision).
    Chill man; I'm asking very legitimate questions which have stimulated several informative threads which I'm appreciative of, and to the annoyance of seemingly no one else.
    Have a good, better week.
    Last edited by Bialy; 03-16-08 at 10:37 PM.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,735
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bialy View Post
    Kindly retract your implied accusation of 'trolling'.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
    I believe your post violates the Forum Guidelines (see 'harssment' provision).
    Chill man; I'm asking very legitimate questions which have stimulated several informative threads, which I'm appreciative of, and hope to reciprocate downstream from here.
    Have a good, better week.
    or to generally disrupt NORMAL on-topic discussion.

    Best gear number for 8 year old
    Best brake system for 8 year old
    shifters: twister or trigger/toggle
    hybrid handlebars
    26" or 700?
    700 (hybrid) versus 26 (comfort) tire
    Car bike rack
    Bike for 7 year old
    Hybrid bike size
    Entry hybrid bike

    These are all the threads you have started. You have responded in 3 of them I think (not including this one). Only one response was not another question (again not including this one). You have not participated in any threads other than your own. You ask questions at what appears to be an oddly detailed level on a rather frequent basis.

    You ask the 26 vs 700 question twice. The age of the child changes from 7 to 8. The best bike question morphs into a best frame material question. I can't wait to see what comes next, lol.

    I stand by my original assertion....make up your mind or stop trolling .

    I'll help you a little more though. Try the search function. Your questions have pretty much been asked and answered in much greater detail before.

    If the forum search function does not work, you can have google focus its search down to the forum:

    search term(s) site:http://www.bikeforums.net/recreational-family/

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    87
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by masiman View Post
    or to generally disrupt NORMAL on-topic discussion.

    Best gear number for 8 year old
    Best brake system for 8 year old
    shifters: twister or trigger/toggle
    hybrid handlebars
    26" or 700?
    700 (hybrid) versus 26 (comfort) tire
    Car bike rack
    Bike for 7 year old
    Hybrid bike size
    Entry hybrid bike

    These are all the threads you have started. You have responded in 3 of them I think (not including this one). Only one response was not another question (again not including this one). You have not participated in any threads other than your own. You ask questions at what appears to be an oddly detailed level on a rather frequent basis.

    You ask the 26 vs 700 question twice. The age of the child changes from 7 to 8. The best bike question morphs into a best frame material question. I can't wait to see what comes next, lol.

    I stand by my original assertion....make up your mind or stop trolling .

    I'll help you a little more though. Try the search function. Your questions have pretty much been asked and answered in much greater detail before.

    If the forum search function does not work, you can have google focus its search down to the forum:

    search term(s) site:http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=182

    You have a lot of time on your hands to dissect my legitimate posts. Big deal if the child changes age from 7 to 8; one does age on birthdays and it does not change the nature of the query. All the thread topic headers per your list that I started are unique, and the 26 v 700 repeat was b/c the original one was started by another author and got a bit long and off topic, so I restarted it fresh and got useful responses for the forum community. Let's see I joined the forum Feb 17, less than a month ago, with a bunch of forum-appropriate questions, so why should I make up my mind per your time table. I'm busy and the forum is a time-efficient way to go about research, and I'll make up my mind not per your schedule as this is not your business or relevant. I believe you are the disrupter, and the harAsser, and the bike forum bully..
    Last edited by Bialy; 03-16-08 at 11:43 PM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Seattle, Washington, USA
    My Bikes
    2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom, 1985 Univega Gran Turismo; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
    Posts
    6,920
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bialy View Post
    For a kid who just learned how to bike, is it best to go with an aluminum OR steel bike? And why? Also want him to keep bike awhile. Thanks.
    Doesn't matter. Kid will outgrow it faster than you think.

    Source: My experience. 2 kids.

  9. #9
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,473
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would go for steel for the durability factor. Move up to alu if the interest in the bike progresses.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Trucker_JDub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    303
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by masiman View Post
    At some point Bialy, you should either act on all the questions you have asked opinions on or stop trolling.

    14 posts, all to threads you started with some repeat questions.
    I was just about to post about the same thing. A couple days ago I realized that I had posted in another one of these threads. Bottom line is for an 8 year old just get the kid what ever fits its not going to be used for long. Please just get the kid a bike before s/he forgets how to ride. The last thing any one wants is to see your posts in 5 years - What is the best chain oil for a 13 year old? - What is the best break cable housing for a 13 year old....... All this while the kid is skateboarding with no more interest in bikes. Unless the kid is a child prodigy just get them what ever works. If they are a child prodigy then get nothing short of full CF Campy equipped 20" tired road bikes until the can step up to a 24" then repeat.

    I think all people are trying to say is just be more active in the forums instead of just starting threads that can be answered by using the search feature.

  11. #11
    surly old man jgedwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    My Bikes
    IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
    Posts
    3,278
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get the cheapest functional and safe used bike for the kid you can find. Allowing the kid to modify it with a bell and a tassle or something will far more greatly influence their commitment to the bike.

    Get thee to a thrift store.
    Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
    --------------------------
    SB forever

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,735
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bialy View Post
    You have a lot of time on your hands to dissect my legitimate posts. Big deal if the child changes age from 7 to 8; one does age on birthdays and it does not change the nature of the query. All the thread topic headers per your list that I started are unique, and the 26 v 700 repeat was b/c the original one was started by another author and got a bit long and off topic, so I restarted it fresh and got useful responses for the forum community. Let's see I joined the forum Feb 17, less than a month ago, with a bunch of forum-appropriate questions, so why should I make up my mind per your time table. I'm busy and the forum is a time-efficient way to go about research, and I'll make up my mind not per your schedule as this is not your business or relevant. I believe you are the disrupter, and the harAsser, and the bike forum bully..
    I really do not have alot of time, my guess is less than the average person, but that is a guess. I'm just calling it how I see it. I'm not mad at you. You may be offended by my characterization of your method of participation but I can't do anything about that. Others have apparently thought the same as I. I'm sorry you don't like having your style dissected. My posts are my opinions and you can do with them what you will.

    There is a forum feature that allows you to ignore people (from the Control Panel). I have never used it, so it may only allow you to ignore PM's (private messages). You can try that to see if you can exclude my posts from your reading. Learning a new forum and its style can be tough. If you are trying to get somewhere with biking, hopefully you will be able to find your answers here.

    I will also let you know that you can edit your posts. I read each of my posts as if my kids will read them. Did you want your kids to read that last name calling bit? I won't copy it in here in case you want to change that.

    I see there are some basic answers to your question above this. Write back with what you decide to do with all the answers you have received.

    Good luck.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •