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Old 02-28-06, 10:59 PM
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The best bikes I've seen for kids ages four to eight are those from Trek and Gary Fisher, because of the attention to dialing in a precise fit. Kids feel safer and more secure when a bike fits them exactly. The "one size fits all" approach of most bike makers is insulting to both kids and parents.

Yes, kids bikes are too heavy. A bike designed for a child that weighs forty pounds may weigh thirty pounds. That is similar to a 150 pound adult trying to deal with a bike that weighs more than 100 pounds.

The bike companies want to make bikes that are tough enough for the astounding abuse kids give bikes, and that requires beefing up the wheels, frames, cranks, stems, and bars. But, they want to keep the price under $300, so that means steel parts instead of lighter weight alloys.
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