Been a few years since I posted....I used to be active in the Commuting forum. Still biking but not too much posting!
So my daughter is 8 and has clearly outgrown her 16 incher. We did a little bike shopping at the weekend and it looks like a 20 incher is all she can manage for now. I'm not sure I can convince my wife to go second-hand/craigslist so my question is more along the lines of where to get the new bike and is any one clearly better than the other. We've looked at 3 places in DC.
Revolution Cycles: They have a single-geared Trek MT20for $219 and a multi-geared bike Trek MT 60 for $310. My daughter has expressed a stong preference for a geared bike. Also Revolution has a new program for kids where you get "up to 50%" off the price of a replacement bike within 3 years with a trade-in. Seems like a nice program although there also seems like a lot of wiggle room in the "up to 50% off".
Performance: Here we're looking at a Performance Scout for $200 and a GT Scamp for $260. Performance may also have some type of 'trade-in' deal going on.
REI: Novara Duster for $269.
So assuming we buy new we're essentially looking at a slightly more than $100 spread. Any input on the relative merits of these different bikes would be greatly appreciated!