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Old 11-25-16, 07:15 PM
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I want to buy a bike for my teenager

Hello everyone. My daughter and I ride on the road sometimes. But mostly on the eastern trail here in the northeast. And its mostly flat hard packed dirt. I wanted to spend under 400.00. I realize that's not much. I just didn't want to buy a junky one. Hopefully one to last her many years. Thanks. Filix.
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Visit all of your local bike shops and figure out her size for a good fit.

Buy from the Friendly Shop.
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Has she reached her full height or is she still growing? Do you have a local bike shop nearby?
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Originally Posted by filix View Post
Hello everyone. My daughter and I ride on the road sometimes. But mostly on the eastern trail here in the northeast. And its mostly flat hard packed dirt. I wanted to spend under 400.00. I realize that's not much. I just didn't want to buy a junky one. Hopefully one to last her many years. Thanks. Filix.
Craigslist for the win!! 400 will get a really nice used bike. Just make sure you get the right size.
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A good used hybrid bike from Craigslist might just be your best bet.
I think it is great that your daughter has some interest in riding with you. That makes you richer than most of us.
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Thanks for the help. Any brand names I should watching for? Thank you.
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Thanks for the help. Any brand names I should watching for? Thank you.
Brands are very controversial. I would stay away from Schwinn. Pretty much any Trek, Cannondale, or Specialized would be great. It's ok if it's old, so long as it's in good shape.
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Thanks for the help. Any brand names I should watching for? Thank you.
Depending on her interest in riding with you, duration and frequency, stick with a name brand with a dealer near you. Most parts can be bought anywhere and are not bike brand specific but sometimes, well, they aren't.

I would think an entry bike like a Giant Cypress would be great for her and affordable at $400 new.
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Thanks again for all the help. She has not yet reached her full height. She is 5' right now. But I think she will reach 5'6". I do have a local bike shop. Never been there. I will check them out. And look for trek, cannondale, cypress. Thanks a lot.
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Craigslist may be a crapshoot for those of us asking what's a good brand. Have a look at bikes direct.
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Thanks for the help. Any brand names I should watching for? Thank you.
Giant, Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Bianchi, Fuji, Raleigh, Jamis, Kona, Felt, Surly. Schwinn, Diamondback and GT might be OK, or might not depending on whether they were models sold at a bike shop (OK) or sold at a big box store (not so good). This is not an exhaustive list. For example, my local bike shop sells a brand called Fairdale that is based in Austin Texas, but builds bikes based on high quality Taiwan made frames. You don't see it much but I have seen these bikes up close and to my eye, they look to be an excellent value that offer some nice real world designs.

And there are some venerable old bikes from the past that might, under the right circumstances meet your needs.

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Originally Posted by filix View Post
Thanks again for all the help. She has not yet reached her full height. She is 5' right now. But I think she will reach 5'6". I do have a local bike shop. Never been there. I will check them out. And look for trek, cannondale, cypress. Thanks a lot.
Cypress is a model. The brand is Giant.

There is a big difference between 5' and 5'6". When my son was 5', he rode a very small 13" Trek 800. When he was 5'6", he had basically outgrown the Trek and was riding my old 18" Bianchi hybrid.

Good luck in your search for a quality used bike. Also check out your local bike shop. It doesn't hurt to look.
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