Right now my daughter's on a Schwinn Bantam, but she did that whole "growing" thing and it's time to upgrade. She's been asking for a little while when she'll be getting a bike with gears, and it looks like now's the time.
La la la laaaa Craigslist, laaaaa lalalala research, laaaa la la la huh. Seems I can count on it being relatively heavy with low-grade components. That's expected. Walmart stuff is out, just by default. Etc. You know the drill. I'm leaning toward something like a Trek Mountain Lion (sounds like a decent bike and they appear to be a dime a dozen around here), although there's also a gently-used (by a kid?! WTH??) and very cute Novarra Pixie up there. Both are six speed with 20" wheels.
But enough backstory. My question, for all you biking parents out there, is what experiences you've had with first-time gear-shifting bikes for your kiddos. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I could spend absurd amounts of time checking out bikes and googles (and I probably will anyway), but there's no substitute for firsthand experience from people who know stuff. Like you!
Thanks in advance!