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    Help. Need a purple bike for a boy ( 4 year old, 16 inch)

    Alright, gender bias rants aside. I need help finding a purple bike for my 4 year old boy. His b-day is next month, and purple is his favorite color. He pretty much ended up in tears yesterday when I told him that I couldn't find a purple bike for him. I've scoured the net, and the only purple bikes I have found are extremely girly and usually lavender. I want purple... real purple... not lavender, mauve, periwinkle or otherwise. Best I have seen so far is the 2011 Mirraco Pre 16... right size, right color, wrong year. Obviously, this isn't going to work since my time machine just stopped working last week.

    I've looked at all the major manufacturers, I've looked at the small sellers, the boutique brands, the niche market bike builders. I need help. I've even gone as far as emailing Mirraco/Trek to see if they have old stock sitting around in case of warranty claims on the purple Pre 16 (no response yet).

    So, does anyone out there have suggestions, leads, etc? I want a decent bike that isn't going to fall apart before he outgrows it. I prefer new, but would be willing to consider used, if it was in really good shape. I'm trying to stay $250 or less for new.

    Thanks in advance.

    ~mike
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    Buy a Bike that is Adequate, other than color.. Strip and Repaint. or Powder coat .. in a color you desire .
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    Check out Walmart online for ideas. I've spent $200+ at REI and bike shops for bikes that last less than a year before my kid outgrew it. I then end up giving them away to coworkers for their children. Too bad he does not like red; Electra has some hot road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Buy a Bike that is Adequate, other than color.. Strip and Repaint. or Powder coat .. in a color you desire .
    Yeah, I look at that as plan B. Ideally, I can find a purple one that is ready to rock. Although, I've been able to convince him that a black bike would be just as fun, and we can paint part of it purple if he wants. powdercoating is going to add way too much to the cost of a new bike, unless I can get a nice used bike that just needs new color and a tune-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmburch View Post
    Check out Walmart online for ideas. I've spent $200+ at REI and bike shops for bikes that last less than a year before my kid outgrew it. I then end up giving them away to coworkers for their children. Too bad he does not like red; Electra has some hot road bikes.
    Thanks for the Electra link... I'd not considered them yet. I do like the black mini rod with the flames... and I think my son would also like it. Might have to take the kids to the LBS this weekend to look at one.

    Keep it coming!

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    What about this one:
    Ghost Powerkid 16" Girls Kids Bike 2012 | Chain Reaction Cycles

    The only thing that strikes me as particularly "girly" about it is the girl decal, which could either be removed (if it's just a stick-on decal) or covered up with some cool reflective tape:

    Amazon.com: JVCC REF-7 Engineering Grade Reflective Tape: 1 in. x 30 ft. (Silver-White): Industrial & Scientific

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    @ REI...maybe if you take the decals off and replace with reflective boys decals it could work?

    Marin Tiny Trail 16'' Girls' Bike - 2014 at REI.com

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    There's a 16-inch Trek kids model called the Mystic that comes in purple. Most any Trek shop should have them. They're nice, solid bikes that are much higher quality than anything you'll get from Wal-Mart and sell for about $150.

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