Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix
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Budget Bicycle for My 12 Year Old Daughter
I am a fairly serious roadie. My 12 year old daughter is not especially interested in cycling (unfortunately) but she does need a bike for "normal" neighborhood use.
I remember when I was her age, my sister had a 3-speed with an internal gear system. It was simple to use and versatile enough for her use.
I think she would do really well with something like this.
However when I was recently at a dept store, it looks like all the kids' bikes are either single speed ("cruisers") or have rear derailleurs.
My impression is that budget derailleurs are finicky and so I would prefer to avoid them.
BTW she probably needs something with 24 inch wheels. She is pretty short for her age, about 4 feet 5 inches and 70 pounds. I might be able to finesse 26 inch for her to grow into. I would prefer a road-type bike or hybrid, not a MTB.
Budget is under 200 dollars.