Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seville, FL
Bikes: Ladies Schwinn Super Sport and Gateway
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I like the idea of getting him hand brakes rather than pushing to learn coaster brakes. When we finally got "upgraded" to our first "adult" bikes with hand brakes instead of coasters, it was a seriously hard habit to break to not try and pedal backwards to stop.
You can usually check craigslist for cheap bikes, and if you put out a wanted ad for even broken bikes, you can probably get one for free and take the brakes off of it. Be specific and say you want the handbrakes, though. You'd be surprised how helpful people can be sometimes!