Join Date: Apr 2012
Bikes: 2012 Raliegh Misceo
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Used is the way to go if you can be patient about it.
I got a new Burley Encore $400 or $500, can't recall, and am mostly happy with it. However, it has no suspension, and child does complain about the bumpy ride. $4-500 seemed like an absurd amount of money for such a thing at the time, but if I could go back I would get one with suspension (either D'Lite, or Solo, or a Chariot). Really depends on how much you expect to use it, and anticipated surface conditions.
One other option is to add balloon tires to a non-suspension model, I expect you could get a more comfortable ride that way. Schwable makes them I think, not cheap, but might be worth considering.