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Good Birthday Present for a Young Rider

Old 02-07-16, 04:44 PM
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Good Birthday Present for a Young Rider

So I have an 11 year old who has a Diamond Back Podium Jnr Road Bike. (see Podium 24 (Youth))

He loves it so he doesn't need another bike for his birthday. Any suggestions for a present to complement the bike?

I wouldn't mind getting new wheels so I can put the old wheels on another bike but I doubt I'll get anything much better than the R450 Alex rims in the bike.
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What about a computer or tools soon he can learn some maintenance. I am going to buy my daughter her first road bike and teaching her basic maintenance will be tops on my list after the bike is bought.
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My four year old loves his bike computer (from Santa). It was cheap, too. How much are you looking to spend? A good parent would ditch that Claris group for Dura Ace DI2 before his friends see it
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
So I have an 11 year old who has a Diamond Back Podium Jnr Road Bike. (see Podium 24 (Youth))

He loves it so he doesn't need another bike for his birthday. Any suggestions for a present to complement the bike?

I wouldn't mind getting new wheels so I can put the old wheels on another bike but I doubt I'll get anything much better than the R450 Alex rims in the bike.
DON'T GET NEW WHEELS

It is quite possible your kid will outgrow that bike within a year, if he hasn't already.
Start considering a 650c based bike, or a small 700c bike.

I would second the suggestion for bike tools. And, get some good stuff. Cone wrenches, truing stand, spoke wrenches, etc. Then, sit down and spend some time greasing hubs and etc. Those skills will last a lifetime.

You could start planning a full "scratch build from parts" for the next bike. It would be a wonderful project

A bike computer would be good too.

I'm not sure when the best time is to start investing in clipless. But, maybe toeclips.

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I'll second all the responses for tools if you think he'll be into that. Best thing my dad ever did for me was involving me in fixing things growing up.
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Yeah, get him one of those inexpensive Nashbar or Jenson branded tool kits. I wish I had just bought a full kit when i started cycling instead of bits and pieces.
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Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
My four year old loves his bike computer (from Santa). It was cheap, too. How much are you looking to spend? A good parent would ditch that Claris group for Dura Ace DI2 before his friends see it
Your talking about a cheap computer like this Robot Check or something more higher end?
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Your talking about a cheap computer like this Robot Check or something more higher end?
My kid is 4 so I am talking *cheap*: Robot Check

If h wants to see his ride on Strava, I can show him the ride on my account.
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I have to agree on tools! As a relatively young cyclist, I have saved a ton of money by fixing old bikes and doing all my work myself. I buy mostly cheaper tools with the exception of wrenches and sockets because I have college to save for, but by buying him tools, you can have birthdays figured out for a really long time
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I'd concentrate on getting to the destination SAFELY before doing Strava.

Also, I don't think you can do age categories on Strava without paying the monthly fee, so it would be difficult for a youngster.

As far as tools, keep in mind that quite a few will get misplaced or lost. Don't go overboard on expensive stuff. I'd probably also go piecemeal, in part for that reason (and as others mentioned, you can add on later).
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I'd concentrate on getting to the destination SAFELY before doing Strava.

Also, I don't think you can do age categories on Strava without paying the monthly fee, so it would be difficult for a youngster.
There is no need to compete against anyone but yourself on Strava (and even that can be ignored). It can be fun to see a map of your ride and have a record of some of the stats.
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NOT bibs. And teach him how to fold them.
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