We've been trying to ride more as a family lately, my wife and I and our 12 year old son.
My wife and son both have Walmart bikes. Just a basic women's 26" bike for her, and a 24" for my son. She likes her bike, and is almost refusing to consider a new "real" bike.
Our son on the other hand is very disappointed. At least as far as our family rides are concerned. For going around the block, or to a friends house, he's fine with it, but on 5-8 mile rides, he's miserable. It's hard to shift, and he just gets exhausted trying to keep up.
Now for the question... are there any road or hybrid type bike specifically designed for kids? I've tried searching, and couldn't really find anything. WOuld it be worth it to take it to the LBS and maybe have it adjusted, or worked on? Could just some simple adjustments make a difference?
Thanks for any assistance.