Hi all. My 5 year old has outgrown his 16" bike (free from a friend) and will be ready for a 20" in the spring. He's about 50" tall right now. I'm hoping to take advantage of deals after the holiday season if I buy a new bike, or spring yard sales if we go used. The 16" bike will see brief service in the spring as he learns to ride sans training wheels.
His 16" bike has the typical rear brake and coaster brake. He's very good at the hand brake and hates the coaster brake since he'll occasionally stop in a poor pedal position and need a push to get going, whereas with a freewheel he could just backpedal a bit and keep going.
So here's the question...are there any kid's 20" bikes out there that come with a rear handbrake and a freewheel? I haven't found any yet that aren't for bigger kids. He sat on a Giant GFR FW recently but was really stretched out. Should I keep an eye out for a cheap BMX bike or 20" wheel via Craig's List and just swap the rear wheel on whatever we get?