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    13 year old son only plays video games, want to get him a new bike.

    My son only plays video games - he doesn't even watch TV or movies! The only outdoor activity he has ever done on his own volition was ride his bicycle. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a hurricane wind last year. It was a Diamondback Octane, and he seemed to really think it was cool, so I thought I'd get him a Diamondback Overdrive. He is obviously not an enthusiast, but we only have gravel roads and rough here. If I could get a 2013 Overdrive Sport for the same price as a 2014 Overdrive, would that be the way to go? most of the difference seems to be in the brakes, hydraulic vs. regular, the new Overdrive has a number of upgrades to the frame and other components that seem to make it a near match other than the brakes. The sport also allows you to "lock out" the fork.

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    I wish I could help out on the bikes, moooog, but I'm not at all familiar with them. Just wanted to welcome you to bikeforums and wish you luck with this one. Those screens can be a tough opponent. Stay after it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moooog View Post
    My son only plays video games - he doesn't even watch TV or movies! The only outdoor activity he has ever done on his own volition was ride his bicycle. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a hurricane wind last year. It was a Diamondback Octane, and he seemed to really think it was cool, so I thought I'd get him a Diamondback Overdrive. He is obviously not an enthusiast, but we only have gravel roads and rough here. If I could get a 2013 Overdrive Sport for the same price as a 2014 Overdrive, would that be the way to go? most of the difference seems to be in the brakes, hydraulic vs. regular, the new Overdrive has a number of upgrades to the frame and other components that seem to make it a near match other than the brakes. The sport also allows you to "lock out" the fork.
    If I were you I would look around to see what the other kids his age are riding . get him something that is trendy, so It give him incentive to ride. I notice kids that age are riding BMX, like the brand "Stolen" anyway that is how I would go about it. Bicycle riding is really good for kids. They dont have to sit on the bench like lots of kids do in football,baseball and so on.

    I live in Michigan there are BMX tracks where kids can go on open days and use the track.

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    if you think he would like a bike with gears, but you have mostly gravel roads, an appropriately sized cyclocross bike would make him the envy of ALL his bike riding friends.

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    There was a video game titled "Downhill Racer" for the older Playstation. It was playable on the PS2 as well. Maybe something like that will entice him to want to ride the "real thing" after beating the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMaguire View Post
    There was a video game titled "Downhill Racer" for the older Playstation. It was playable on the PS2 as well. Maybe something like that will entice him to want to ride the "real thing" after beating the game.
    Well, kids normally take to something when their friends are doing it. Some kids may not want to ride alone, or may not have much interesting places to ride to.

    If you're quite close to him, make sure you cycle as well. That would be a big incentive for him to go.

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    I'd talk to the kid... ask him out-right which bike he might like. Get him involved in the decision making part. For many of us here the color of the bike can make a big difference (no joke).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I'd talk to the kid... ask him out-right which bike he might like. Get him involved in the decision making part. For many of us here the color of the bike can make a big difference (no joke).
    You beat me to it Dave Cutter.

    The only thing I would add is visit the LBS ahead of time so you know what's available, and do a little online research as well so you know what's good and bad. But get a budget and let the kid lead. Once he knows what he wants, then it's time to take a restaurant break and have him outline what he's learned and which bike is cool. Then return to the store to make the deal. Done right, the boy will never forget the moment.
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