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Bike Recommendation for a 5 Year Old

Old 02-10-15, 11:10 AM
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Bike Recommendation for a 5 Year Old

I'm shopping for a bike for my soon to be 5 year old. This will be his first pedal bike but he's pretty good on the balance bike he's outgrown. He's 45" tall. I think 20" is the right size. A hand brake is a must as it is very hilly where we live. He'll mostly be riding on the street but may do some dirt as well. We live close to this place.

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Max budget is $300. Lower would be better because I don't think my wife will be too keen on spending that much on a bike for a 5 year old. I'm looking for something that will be durable and somewhat light weight. I don't see him doing any tricks any time soon. I just want something that will be a step up from what Wal-Mart has to offer.

I've found the 2014 Diamondback Venom for $240 on sale at REI. Opinions on this bike?
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Specialized hot rock. About $240 at lbs
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Old 05-17-15, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrcash05
Specialized hot rock. About $240 at lbs
I second that. The price is right, and it will give him more options.

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Old 05-18-15, 08:43 AM
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IMHO, a 20" wheeled bike is too tall, but you need to take him along and figure out which sized wheels fit best. You can find real bargains too used, as kids outgrow a bike every two years.
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my kid was too short for the 16in giant animator I got her when she was 4 1/2. she is a tall kid. she may have grown into it by 5ish but being on a bike you're barely tall enough for isnt easy when you're learning.

agree with oddjob...def try out some sizes and look at craigslist bc used kids bikes are aplenty and 75% off retail at least
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