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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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    It's easy. If he likes to play games, you may get him a cycling game. After he's addictive at it. Its a good time to get him a new bike, and ride with him !

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    I know someone who set up their TV to only work when someone rides the trainer.

    Get him to understand it is important to start exercising when he is young. I have one son who will go out for a 20 minute walk but not ride his bike. The other I have no problems keeping active.
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    I can relate as I have a 13 year old son who plays video games for hours on end. We have ridden together over the years, but it is getting harder to get him to ride with me. I did convince him to ride with me and his mother last week for a 35 mile ride and tomorrow, we are planning on riding a supported ride of about 45 Miles.

    I also signed him up,for a mountain biking team and so had to go get him a mountain bike.

    My preferred lbs recommended a Kona Fire Mountain, which retails for $750, basically saying those ubiquitous entry level $400 or $500 mountain bikes wouldn't hold up to even moderate single track. I take advice from bike salesman fwiw as I know they have an interest in selling a more expensive product, but I have a history with this lbs, so I do trust them. Still, not knowing whether mountain biking will become his thing, and given he is still growing a lot, I went the used route. A different lbs had an early 2000s Schwinn Moab, which was a pretty good bike in its time with Deore XT and LX components, tuned up and ready to ride with new chain, brakes, cassette and saddle for just under $200. I figure if he takes to mountain biking, we can sell it and buy a better bike in a year or two once we have a sense of what he wants to do with mountain biking, and if mountain biking isn't his thing, he can use the Moab as a beater around town bike.

    Btw, for those longer road rides with me, my son uses my old Bianchi Advantage hybrid running Panaracer Urban Max slick tires.
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    We long ago decided that we'd not let the kids play video games. Over the years that's slipped a little as we have a nintendo DS and minecraft on the computer, but nothing like a WII or things like that. They get no more than 30 min in a day and not every day, and then it's done. If they miss their time cut off, it's no games for a week.

    Out of 7 I only have one that likes video games a little too much. He gets watched the most. He's also 13. His older brother (15) also likes them but is less of a problem.

    Hours a day? No way, you just have to tell them to turn it off.
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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).
    Hell yes. And get him involved in the shopping. Great cahnce for quality time and also for helping transitioning the relationship to treating him more like an adult.
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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.
    This one is really decent at $200 price point if you do amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FC1TMSI/...I3GGKHBQFHORGE

    Might be good to turn teen loose on bikes direct web site. Here is just one example to get you two started down the path;

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...se1_hybrid.htm

    A couple of decades back we faced a similar delimna. We decided to have him invite all his bike owning buddies over for a tune-up / fix-up day at our garage. Did a lot of teaching and safety instructing while also learning what he thought of the other bikes...well to a degree and for the first hour. Then a really cute girl from his class arrived on a rather beat-up Schwinn and his brain fried. Didn't return to rational capacity for about a decade!

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