I tried posting this on Friday but the site was having problems:
Originally Posted by Tundra_Man
I honestly don't know why they don't switch to trigger shifters. I am pretty sure that it is profit and supply driven though.
He'll pick up the braking pretty quick. Keep him on easy grades with plenty of bailout options for the first hour or two of riding with rim brakes.
The extra weight will make some things harder like slow speed maneuvers on and off the bike. It probably will not be as efficient as a lighter bike. But all in all, the extra weight should be more of a nuisance than something that will prevent him from riding.
There are any number of means to finding a used bike, but they all involve time and effort and some extra cost on your part. At some point there is a diminishing return in all that. Having more than one child that will use the bike makes your choices alot easier in some ways. You can justify higher costs and time because you can kill multiple birds with one stone.
The bike shop or mail order might be your best route for the money. I price my time cheaply at $20/hour and do the math from there. If I think it will take me 3 hours of time to make a purchase, I better be saving more than $60 on whatever it is I am looking for.
I think you'll be happy with the bike. Hopefully you'll be able to resell it after your son outgrows it.