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Ideas for vintage 20" multispeed girls' bike?

Old 10-10-19, 06:38 PM
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Ideas for vintage 20" multispeed girls' bike?

For five years running, my son has been riding this thing. Found it on eBay, had to have it for him. Seems to have been an affordable 20" 10 speed sold by Sears in about 1987. I think the two-tone paint is kind of stupid, but otherwise I don't think it could be improved upon without spending real money. I actually rather wish I'd been able to have one when it was new, but I think maybe my parents had already decided for me that our local Schwinn shop was the only way to go, and they didn't have anything like this.





Anywhoo, kid #2 is a girl, and getting to be about the size for a 20" bike. She'd likely be happy enough riding her brother's bike starting next year (especially as he's soon to be a bit big for it), but getting her something of her own would be really nice.

As you can see, this catalog (from 1989?) lists the exact same bike in a stepthrough:





And this one (from 1985?) shows a very similar stepthrough, only with 5 speeds, fenders, stem shift, and solid paint. This stepthrough would be nearly perfect IMO, but seems to be pretty much a unicorn these days.









I think either of these old stepthrough models are absolutely brilliant, but there don't seem to be a whole heck of a lot of similar options for sale ... anywhere! I've seen a few non-boinger 20" mountain bikes from recent years that are OK, but generally the decent options are only for 24" and larger wheel sizes.


Any bright ideas on similar 20" girls' bikes to look out for? Or better yet, one for sale? (pending budget approval, of course)
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I think Schwinn made a girls' 20" derailleur bike in the mid-'80s. Check their catalogs.

Maybe even newer. Schwinn Mini Mesa.

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Old 10-28-19, 05:58 PM
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Great tip on the Mini Mesa, thanks!

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Well! So kiddo #2 went bike shopping with Mom on Saturday, and guess what? Supposedly she adored the Liv "Adore" single speeed with redundant coaster brake and rear V brake, but refused to ride the Liv Enchant because "Gears aren't me" or "I don't do shifting" or something like that.

(Dad deliberately stayed home because he tends to talk too much!)

Anywhoo, I was just perusing the discontinued bicycle models at Soma Fab and - guess what? They recently sold a kids' frame, offered online in chrome as "Bart" and in LBSs in pink as "Lisa." Probably as much of a unicorn to find used as the 1985 Sears 5 speed I mentioned above, but they're seriously cool!



https://somafab.blogspot.com/2013/10...-and-lisa.html

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I was gonna suggest a Raleigh 20.
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I was gonna suggest a Raleigh 20.
...So was I :-)
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A folding bike? Interesting ... can you easily set them up for a 7-10 year old?


I guess she wouldn't ever really outgrow it .....

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My friends shopper
They made non folding models as well. Plus the modern offerings are multiple in choice.
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Hey, that Shopper is pretty nice!

Hm, been a LONG time since I posted in here .....


To follow up, after worrying about getting a multispeed that wasn't her brother's old bike? She says she strongly prefers no gears!

So ..... currently she's absolutely loving my old 1987 Schwinn Predator Qualifier, being modified slightly with:

Schwalbe tires
VO Postino bar
Old 4-finger brake levers
Knog Oi bell
Purple Newbaum's bar tape in place of top tube pad
Purple clamp-on grips
Purple striped saddle (with new seat post I don't mind cutting shorter because she screams in terror with the original post lowered all the way)
Tall Sunlite 21.1mm stem
Sunlite rubberized platform pedals
Non-orange chain


One of these days I'll get around to servicing the hub and crank bearings ....



Catalog pic

: https://bikehistory.org/catalogs/ima...-qualifier.png


In progress:

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Well, here we are! It's getting a little odd-looking IMO, but it's a huge hit, it's cool to use my old ChroMo frame, and those old Ukai wheels will likely never die.

At least it's 100% better than if I'd let a relative decorate it with a roll of pink duct tape!



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