Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
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Sometimes you are just lucky (Found a kid's bike)
There has been a lot of discussion about finding bikes suitable for smaller kids. I found one today for sale in the local Goodwill store. It is a Giant Yukon circa 1996 based upon a date stamped in one of the parts and looking at pictures and specifications for the 1995 and 1998 models. The frame is aluminum, the fork cromoly, and the rims are American made Weinmann. The frame was built in Taiwan. It weighs 26 pounds. You don't often find bikes like this particularly since the bike cost $25 with my senior citizen discount. It obviously had been cared for and not ridden much as it looks exceptionally nice after cleaning. I spent about an hour lubricating the bearings, cleaning up the bike, and replacing one tube. Everything works on the bike and is properly adjusted - brakes, shifters, and derailleurs. The frame is halfway between a woman's mixte frame and a standard diamond frame which means the seat has a wide latitude for adjustment. I figure it would work well for a child with a height from about 4' 6" to over 5 feet. Not many bikes are that adjustable. It will be destined for one of the smaller kids in my Scout Troop as we begin our annual cycling merit badge in October. Sometimes the real gems are hidden beneath a layer of dust, grease, and flat tires.