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Old 09-19-11, 07:04 PM   #1
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Craigslist bike for 6 year old - is this a decent deal

I posted a couple of weeks ago regarding spending $200 on a kids bike. After reading the responses, I decided to scour my local craigslist to see if I could find a bike for my son.

I saw a listing today for $60 and am going to purchase it tomorrow but wanted to get your opinion on it. What do you think? Its a single gear with coaster and hand brakes.

Specialized Boys Hot Rock - $60
In great riding condition, minor rust and a few small scratches, but similar bikes 200+ new. 20 inch wheels. Hand and foot brakes good, tires too. Just needs hand grips. Great first or second bike- no training wheels. Good for up to 9-10 yr old depending on size.

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Old 09-19-11, 08:40 PM   #2
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I would say that's a good deal. better price than a mart bike at the least and a better brand. Can't speak as to the quality of it, but I cannot imagine it being bad. The few scratches and rust glows would appear after a week with any normal kid (at least mine). Good find
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I posted a couple of weeks ago regarding spending $200 on a kids bike. After reading the responses, I decided to scour my local craigslist to see if I could find a bike for my son.

I saw a listing today for $60 and am going to purchase it tomorrow but wanted to get your opinion on it. What do you think? Its a single gear with coaster and hand brakes.

Specialized Boys Hot Rock - $60
In great riding condition, minor rust and a few small scratches, but similar bikes 200+ new. 20 inch wheels. Hand and foot brakes good, tires too. Just needs hand grips. Great first or second bike- no training wheels. Good for up to 9-10 yr old depending on size.

It's a pretty generic 20" kids' bike, but should be fine. You could probably ask for another $10 off without a problem.

One thing to be aware of is that by age 6, your son might fit better on a 24" wheel bike than on 20, especially if you think he might not ride so much in the coming months since we're getting into the Fall season, and he's likely to be larger in the spring. :-)
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Old 09-20-11, 07:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. Figured it was a better bike than the Walmart bikes because of the Specialized brand. However, I didn't realize that my son may need a 24" so soon. Figured a 20 inch can last him until he is about 9, though he is tall (48 inches and 56 pounds). I wonder if I should be looking at a 24"?
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Thanks for the advice. Figured it was a better bike than the Walmart bikes because of the Specialized brand. However, I didn't realize that my son may need a 24" so soon. Figured a 20 inch can last him until he is about 9, though he is tall (48 inches and 56 pounds). I wonder if I should be looking at a 24"?
It really depends on his build, but in my son's case, he was around 49 inches when he was 7, and was completely hunched over on his 20" singlespeed. A 24" was an absolute necessity for the 20-30 mile rides we were doing at the time.
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It really depends on his build, but in my son's case, he was around 49 inches when he was 7, and was completely hunched over on his 20" singlespeed. A 24" was an absolute necessity for the 20-30 mile rides we were doing at the time.
Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. My son has a "solid" built so maybe a 24 is the better way to go. Though I don't think he will be doing 20-30 mile rides!
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Hey Jyyanks,

I think the deal is OK, but if you keep looking, it shouldn't be that hard to find a 20" that is not single-speed. There are a few brands out there (Trek is one) that make kids MTB with a 6-speed derailleur in the back, and single-chainring (with some plastic to protect pant-cuffs) in the front. Usually grip-shifters, which I have seen around here can be tough for little hands, triggers would be a big bonus.

I just saw you on my other thread; I bought a 24" MTB for $70 off of CL last week (Haro V Bone, it looks like this if anybody's curious:
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Bone&Type=bike

So I think the $50-100 range is to be expected for a used kids bike of a decent brand.
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A few more thoughts: I agree, I would never pay $200+ for a 20" name-brand bike for a kid when those same bikes are on CL for less than $100. These bikes are not going to be worn out; worst case, they'll need new tires.

Also, if this is not a surprise present, I would try going to WAL-MART (or maybe LBS, depending on how you feel about test-driving with no intent to purchase) to see if you can find a 24" bike to sit your son on and see what the fit is like.

I was lucky, we went on a 2-family ride the week before, and my friend's son just got a new 24" so I asked my son to give a spin around the block with the ulterior motive of checking whether he could ride it or not. He did fine, so I had confidence I could get a 24" and it would work.
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A few more thoughts: I agree, I would never pay $200+ for a 20" name-brand bike for a kid when those same bikes are on CL for less than $100. These bikes are not going to be worn out; worst case, they'll need new tires.

Also, if this is not a surprise present, I would try going to WAL-MART (or maybe LBS, depending on how you feel about test-driving with no intent to purchase) to see if you can find a 24" bike to sit your son on and see what the fit is like.

I was lucky, we went on a 2-family ride the week before, and my friend's son just got a new 24" so I asked my son to give a spin around the block with the ulterior motive of checking whether he could ride it or not. He did fine, so I had confidence I could get a 24" and it would work.
Thank you for both your responses! I'm supposed to look at the bike today at about 4:30 so maybe I can swing by the LBS before hand and see if he fits a 24". If not, I can see if the buyer will take some $$ off - maybe $50 as suggested above. I'm terrible at bargaining but it is only a single gear and he did mention rust so hopefully I can get it for even less. I like the fact that the bike has both the coaster and the hand brakes so he can learn to use both. Either way, I do feel better about him having a second hand bike of good quality especially as he really is just beginning to learn to ride. Thanks again!
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Thanks for the advice. Figured it was a better bike than the Walmart bikes because of the Specialized brand. However, I didn't realize that my son may need a 24" so soon. Figured a 20 inch can last him until he is about 9, though he is tall (48 inches and 56 pounds). I wonder if I should be looking at a 24"?
My own 10 yr old is only now starting to raise the seatpost from the very bottom on his 24" bike. I don't know his height precisely but he is approaching his mom's shoulders (and she is 5'5 or 6")

My 6 yr old has her seatpost jacked almost all the way out on her 16" bike but she doesn't quite have complete control of it enough to move up to her brother's old 20" bike. She's at a point where it's not bad to be able to have a foot flat on the ground and her butt on the saddle.
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