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Old 05-05-07, 12:25 PM   #1
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14" Frame for 8 1/2 yo

I'm looking for a bike for my 8 1/2 yo. He's moving out of a 20" bike. I was looking at 24" bikes, but the LBS pointed me towards small frame 26" bikes. He actually fits a 14" frame Raleigh mojave 2.0. However I'm now wondering if there are other options besides mountain-type bikes. Anyone aware of other small frame options?

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"Hybrids" or "Urban bikes" are available in that size. When you buy it, ask the LBS to install narrow slicks on it and he will have a decent bike.
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Get some slicks if he's going to ride on the road. I put my 8 year old on a 13" Trek 3500 and he loves it with 1.5" wide Michlen Trans World tires in it. Almost a road bike to him since it doesn't have front suspension.

That's another thing. Get your kid a full rigid bike to start with. One will force him/her to learn how to handle a bike.
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My son graduated to a 26" bike - We got it from Performance (K5000, 14" frame) - Some components were decent, some cheap - it had a bolt-type rear wheel - I swapped it out for a quick-release wheel, and I put slicks on it to make it easier to ride.

So far, it's been a success. We're working on the Scouting cycling badge, and he's done 3 10-mile rides with no problem. I put the bike on the trainer to get him used to shifting as well as standing on the pedals.....and he's having a much easier time riding than the other kids who are on knobby-tire bikes.

The only thing I'd do differently would be to get a rigid front fork - when he needs to upsize from this bike, we'll go for a 'real' bike and have it set up properly @ the LBS.
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I'm in the same position!

Hello! I'm in the exact same position! My son is 8.5yrs also. I ride a road bike and then a hybrid while camping. He doesn't want a clunky full suspension mountain bike or a bmx bike....and that seems to be all they're making for kids these days! He wants something he can road ride with me and maybe put a rack on the back for his fishing bag when we are camping! A hybrid would be the perfect thing. I looked at the new Trek KDR 7.2fx and that seems to be what I want but I don't know if I want to spend over $400 on a 24" bike the way he is growing....especially when we are taking it to campgrounds. I have been looking at older rigid frame mtn bikes with 24" wheels on ebay. My mom is really small and she just got a new 14" Giant comfort women's bike and he can ride that if everything is adjusted all the way down. I'm leaning towards that type of bike because he has a lot more adjustments available, decent components, lots of growing room, etc. Let us know what you decide to do!
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Several Japanese companies made a "Terry" type lugged road bike in the 80's. They used either a 27" or 700c rear wheel combined with a 24" front wheel to allow normal frame angles on a tiny frame. There was a really nice one for $50 at the Seattle swap meet this year. They are out there at a price that works even if the kid outgrows it in a year or two.
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