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What Children’s Bike?

Old 11-24-23, 01:26 PM
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What Children’s Bike?

Hi all, my 8yo daughter is outgrowing her Islabike cnoc-16 and I need to find her a bigger replacement. Any advice on that will be extremely appreciated!

Iíve heard HOY bikes are good. I need something for mainly a urban environment and easy to ride for a smaller than average 8yo turning 9.

Many thanks!
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Honestly, it all depends. My kids all went through essentially the same bikes, from 12" wheels to 16, 18, 20, 24, and my oldest is on 26" wheels. We fixed up, repainted and reaccessorized with stuff from other free bikes as we went. They were all free, except for the 24" wheel bike, which was $50 from Criagslist. My daughter (8) is on the 24" Diamondback from Craigslist, which is about to get pink cable housings. My youngest is five and he is on the 20" Trek bike which is currently painted green with Bigfoot stickers all over it. I've been very impressed with that particular bike because it is easy to hop on to but also can be ridden by a large range of different aged kids.
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I think the Trek Precaliber line is a great option that is available locally for most people. Cannondale Quick line is also worth considering. Both show up used fairly regularly around here. I try to support local shops hence the Trek/Cannondale brands. You might check out RascalRides for some additional options to consider.

My daughter loved her Trek Precalber 16" - light, stable, and easy to pedal. I upgraded her to a used Specialized Hotrock (steel with suspension fork) that she never liked - too heavy and slow to respond. I replaced that with a Cannondale Quick 24 - light, stable, easy to pedal option with gears and handbrakes.

I also picked up a Trek Precaliber 24 (Al frame, suspension fork/21 speed) that got trapped under a car for cheap that I fixed up. She likes it but finds the Quick 24 to be lighter and more fun. The Precaliber 24 has a very low standover, low seat, and dual pedal mounting points to fit smaller kids and allows the bike to be adapted as they grow.

At 9, I know a 26" is in her future so I'm working on a 13" Trek 800 Sport for her. It's a bit heavier but we'll have fun picking a color and building it up for her.
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