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Old 06-06-19, 05:16 AM
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HELP - Need Recommendations for Kids Bikes

Hey all,

New to this forum, was pointed here from a friend at work. I'm looking for some recommendations on new bikes for my kids. We were recently in a Dicks Sporting Goods and my oldest two daughters (ages 6 and 5) fell in love with these kids 20" Nishiki mountain bikes...Pueblo I believe was the model name. They are relatively inexpensive and look very stylish (pink and purple!) but neither of my daughters has learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. They are both tall for their age and among their classmates at school and are getting too big for their little 16" bikes we got from Target. But I dont know if that type of bike is right for them at this stage.

I guess my question is, firstly, is a 20" mountain bike the wrong thing for their age/size bracket?

Second, if I'm not barking up the wrong tree, can I put training wheels on these new bikes until they learn to ride without them? Or is that not possible with that type of bike?

Third, any recommendations on specific bikes, sizes, training-wheel advice, etc is welcome and greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 06-06-19, 01:41 PM
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Do they fit on the bike? Can they easily put their feet on the ground when sitting on the season? (That's a BAD way to test size for an adult bike. It's important with a kid who's still learning how to balance)
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... & so it begins ... heart warming ...

fwiw: I think I started my kids with smaller bikes & wound up getting progressively larger sizes every year or so, always buying used off craigslist (w/ 1 exception). if you keep buying them a new bike every time they need a different size, you're gonna be spending more than you need to. lots of other ppl w kids & bikes. check craigslist
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A big factor is the weight of your children compared to the weight of the bike. Amazon lists the weight of the 20" kids version as 29 pounds. How does that compare to the weight of your kids? I've seen the result of a parent giving an 80 pound kid a 40 pound Walmart bike with all of the useless bells and whistles that make the bike much heavier. I see the Pueblo has front suspension. Cheap front suspension is a selling point rather than a useful component. It would be lighter and better with a rigid front fork.
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Before you buy them new bikes, take the pedals off their current bikes and let them learn to balance on the bike by scooting around with their feet (like those tiny little bikes with no pedals for small children). Training wheels are a terrible way to learn how to ride because all the balancing part never gets learned and it takes hours of you running alongside the bike holding the seat.
My 2 cents coming from someone that has taught five kids to ride a bike.
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