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Help w/ Bike Suggestion for Big 10 Yr Old

Old 10-29-09, 11:00 AM
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Help w/ Bike Suggestion for Big 10 Yr Old

Considering getting my 10 year old son a bike for Christmas. He still believes in Santa believe it or not. He is big for his age, so he will be getting the smallest size of an adult bike.

My son is extremely conservative in his bike riding. Since he is big for his age, he doesn't have the coordination that most normal size kids have due to his size and weight. His current bike that he has outgrown is a mtn bike style bike that had smoother tires put on it. If he rides off-road, it has to be smooth as he is not into any rough riding. So, most of his riding will be on pavement. If he rides any off-road, it will have to almost be as smooth as riding on pavement if you know what I mean. Did I mention that he is a conservative rider.

So, since he will be getting an "adult" bike, should I just stick with the current setup of a mtn bike with smooth tires or some type of hybrid type bike that would allow a little more speed.

Any advice appreciated.
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Old 10-29-09, 02:21 PM
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Problem is- he believes in Santa so not much chance of test riding for size before hand. Get a couple of measurements -His height and his inseam. A bike shop would be able to judge the size near right with those two measurements.

When my girls were average size at 12 and 10- I got them bikes for christmas. Both were able to ride bikes with 26" wheels so were on adult bikes- thank goodness- as They were the last bikes I bought them. They fitted until the cars came.
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Old 10-29-09, 06:45 PM
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I am not really concerned about the size because I can work that out without him knowing it. I am more concerned with what type of bike. Meaning, mtn bike with slicks or some hybrid type bike to allow for more speed. There is a better chance of him liking a little speed versus liking off road riding with obstacles such as rocks and roots and such.
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Old 10-29-09, 07:27 PM
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what kid doesn't want a 20" or 24" BMX?

By big for his age do you mean Kiddo Clyde?
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Ever consider a cyclocross bike? Has nearly the speed of a road bike but also has the ability to go onto some semi-rough terrain.
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I'm in the same situation with an 11 year old that is almost as tall as me. He rides a single speed road bike, 54cm, and a chopper bike with a long seatpost. He also stokers a tandem with me. You may be best to sticking with a single speed bike for now until his coordination catches up with his size.
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