So my 2.5 year old wants a bike (he makes a beeline to a particular bike at the LBS) and I looked them over today. I think I'll go with a 16" so he can grow into it and use if for a few years more.
I could get a $40 wally world bike but it would probably be a boat anchor and a frustration, so I'm thinking of a nicer one, with aluminum frame for weight and better mechanicals.
I'm notoriously cheap so I really hope to find one on CL locally but I can't afford to buy crap that I'll have to replace all the time either. So a smarter move is to buy a good bike that will last through my son and any other little ones in the family (we'll see).
I see the specialized hotrock is a nice one but for $200 at the LBS it's steep. Any hidden gems or tips on low priced stores?