I'm looking to get a decent quality bike for my daughter. She had a bike before and could ride it fine with training wheels. I tried to show her how to ride without them a bit over a year ago, but she was terrified of it, fell off once, and refused to get on it again with or without the training wheels. The bike was junk, she wasn't interested anymore, and we were about to move, so I gave it away. Now we live in a new area where all the kids ride around on bikes, and she is finally interested in trying to ride again. I'm hoping that if I get her something a bit nicer than the old bike (wife bought it used on Craig's list, had bent wheels, total trash) she might have a better time trying to learn.
She is nearly 7, but small for her age (45" tall, 21" inseam with shoes). Looking at all the bike size charts around the 'net, she's a bit big for a 16", but too small for a 20". 18" looks about perfect (in theory), though I know they're not nearly as common. I'd like to keep it under $200.
I'd appreciate any recommendations on size or model that you guys have. Thanks in advance.