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Old 05-30-16, 07:08 PM
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Help on daughters road bike choice

My daughter is 10, she is 4' 5". She has been riding her fat tire specialized MTB on 12 mile rides and still asks to ride farther. I want to get her a road bike, because i know she can ride easily 20 miles plus now. I was looking at a 44cm womens bike, if they cut the seat post, so they can lower it an inch it puts her legs perfect, but she is slightly reaching forward. The specialized kids bike based on the specs puts her 1/2" lower stand over and the Micro shift shifters what ever that is. But it has smaller tires 650b versus 700. I want something that will last not just for her for a few years, but my yougest son can eventually ride. Was looking at the Specialized dolce with tiagra shifters, but concerned on that tiny amount of reach. Trouble is i can't see any of these bikes because no one around here stocks anything in those sizes or the kids bike, so i am stuck ordering it and living with it.
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Old 05-30-16, 09:20 PM
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I bought a Felt for my daughter. She was 10 when I got it. I know its a 650 but they sell well used and I was worried about the reach for her and toe overlap with a small 700. I was surprised at the selection. I bought this because it fit, was on sale, and was local retailer.




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Have you looked at Islabikes in Portland?
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Some brands, Centurion?, used to build bikes with 700c rear and 650 up front.
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Thanks, the good folks at Livermore Cyclery helped me out. They took the time to fit her on a 44cm specialized they had in the store, changing the stems, seats and everything to make sure it would really work and she was comfortable. I then ordered the bike we wanted. I feel confident now that she can ride and be content. Now i have to deal with her anticipation of waiting for a week and the anger of the wife for who knows how long.
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There is an easy answer diamondback sell a podium 24/version road bike which is the ide fit for your kid.

Best of all its a proper road bike but shrunk to kids size: 155mm cranks, complete claris drive train, 24 x1 tires etc.

Amazon sime times have last years model for under $300
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My son is 12.5 and 5'2". His first "road" bike was a rigid mtb conversion he started riding when he was 9. 33cm frame on 24 inch wheels. It ended up becoming his cyclocross bike.

His road bike is 48.5 cm on 27inch wheels. It should fit him for several years.

Less than $300 in the pair
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