My daughters both ride vintage 3 speed Raleigh bicycles... my youngest (11) rides a '73 Fireball and my oldest (13) rides a Saffron which is actually a 20 inch wheeled lady's bicycle.
They started riding these when they were 8 and 11 and while the Saffron will grow with my daughter my youngest will soon outgrow her Fireball and at the rate she is growing that may be sooner than she wants but I have a Raleigh folder waiting for her.
I think that as soon as a child can ride a folder this is a great option as it is a bike that is designed to accommodate a wider range of riders and will last them many years, if not into adulthood and beyond.
I ride several 20 inch wheeled bikes myself and love them.
With a limited number of IGH equipped kids bikes on this side of the pond it might not be a bad idea to have a wheel built around a 3 speed and fit that to an existing bicycle.
My daughter's Fireball...
Last edited by Sixty Fiver; 04-05-11 at 02:27 AM.