My daughter is about to graduate from her 20" single-speed to a 24". We're looking for a road bike for her - NOT a mountain bike. Preferably 6-8 gears ( no FD ), upright handlebars, and a frame amiable to a bottle cage.
As far as I've been able to determine, the relatively inexpensive ones out there are universally proclaimed to be crap; i.e. the "GMC Denali" models, etc. Trek has their FX line, but I'm having a hard time swallowing the idea of $400 bike for an 8-year-old.
Does anyone have suggestions about other models? Or shall I resign myself to checking Craigslist every day? :-)