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Old 07-14-13, 06:28 AM
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Bike for Kids

I am looking for a light weight bike for a 7 year old boy.

He works very hard to keep-up on a 30 pound single speed bmx style bike. It would seem that he would be better off on a Fuji Ace 20 or Ace 24 but $400 is a lot for a kids bike that he will not have very long. Was thinking that a folding bike like a Dahon Eco C7 might be a better way to go?

Your thoughts and leads on used kid bike in the NY Metro would be most appreciated.
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Old 07-14-13, 06:34 AM
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If you buy from a reputable bike shop they may have a trade in program due to the facts kids outgrow them quickly. My local shop where I bought my daughters bike (she was 4 at the time) has a trade in policy and they tell you up front what the bike will trade in for if kept in general clean and not ragged out.

So the $400 investment now and if the bike stays in relatively good condition may net you a $200 trade in for the next size up when he outgrows the bike.

Good luck and if my kid wanted to ride in a day where most kids sit on their duffs playing video games and texting I would buy it even though I knew it would get toasted! Who knows.............you may have a future racer on your hands if you foster that passion!
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Trade in you teenager sized bmx for a real bmx mini race bike.....appropriately sized, with narrow slick hp tires, and lighter than you carbon roadie. My 5 year old does 20 mile rides easily on his, averaging 10 mph.

For example...https://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...e/2013-mx-mini

Most come with cassette hubs and can be regeared as needed.

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Old 07-15-13, 08:15 AM
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Trade in you teenager sized bmx for a real bmx mini race bike.....appropriately sized, with narrow slick hp tires, and lighter than you carbon roadie. My 5 year old does 20 mile rides easily on his, averaging 10 mph.

For example...https://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...e/2013-mx-mini

Most come with cassette hubs and can be regeared as needed.
Not sure of the reason to purchase this BMX bike it is still single speed, would think at folding bike would offer more range of size?
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Old 07-15-13, 09:47 AM
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Not sure of the reason to purchase this BMX bike it is still single speed, would think at folding bike would offer more range of size?
I dont know why you thnk a flimsy heavy folder, designed for adults, is going to work for a 7 year old. Get a bike made for a kid. Do some research on bmx race bikes (not freestyle bikes). They come in a huge variety of sizes from micromini to pro xxxl and are light, durable, fast (for kid standards), reasonably priced, and have excellent resale value. Kids dont understand or nead gears. What they need is a light bike that is durable, not too large and set up with proper gear ratio. I tried lots of bikes with my kids, including small geared bikes. the only ones they ever liked were small bmx race bikes, largely because they are very light and easy to handle and roll efficiently.


https://www.danscomp.com/serve/produc...riderchart.htm

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Old 07-15-13, 02:50 PM
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My 10-year-old son is in the same boat - his K-mart-sourced BMW-style single-speed weighs 36 pounds. My son's likely a bit bigger than your seven-year-old, but I still don't want to invest much.

I'm combing Craigslist and have seen a couple of 24-inch-wheel, XS road bikes that might fit him. Otherwise, I'm targeting an extra-small hybrid or rigid MTB and we'll slap on some 26" x 1.25" slicks.

Whatever I get, I want to be able to flip in in a year or two, when he outgrows it, for about what I paid for it.
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Old 07-15-13, 03:21 PM
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I just bought a used Fuji Finest for my daughter from another forum member. It's a 44cm frame. Yes, it is ever-so-slightly too big for her, but I give her another two months and it'll be great. BTW, while she's 14, she's about the height of an 8 y/o. I opted for the 44 because it gives her significantly more bike to grow with her.

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UeRo222JNnV




Also looked at Specialized Amira's. They had some good small frames.

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Old 07-15-13, 03:25 PM
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I came across one of these https://www.amazon.com/Giordano-Liber.../dp/B0060PJXO8 on woot 2 weeks ago for for $200. I bought it for my kids although they don't know it yet. The oldest should grow into it in about 2 years.

Anyway, my point is to just keep your eyes open and sooner or later something will pop up. Have ebay searches with email notifications for Trek KDR, Felt F24, Fuji Ace 20/24, Redline Conquest 24 and anything else like it. Or try a WTB on craigslist.

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Old 07-15-13, 03:35 PM
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Here's one like got on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Giordano-Lib...item19df2f2b8e

Heavier than the Felt and Trek (steel fork), but it does have brifters so a step up from the Fuji or Denali.
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Got my 10 y.o. son a Specialized Hardrock, 26" wheels. 3x8 gearing, flexible to ride on and off road. A few left over parts from my MTBs swapped in and it's a cool 28.4 lbs. Size small men's. He'll have it for several years and any upgraded parts can be used on the next bike if needed. At 7, you could go with a Specialized 24" wheeled bike like the Hot Rock models. Great durable bikes, and what 7 year old boy wouldn't want to fling his bike around in the mud!

Then trade it in as he grows...

Almost forgot. Be sure to get something that will keep him riding. What are his friends riding? Be careful to not buy a bike that may limit when/where/how he can ride. I would hold off on a road specific bike until he's much older.
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When my son was about 7, I bought him a Raleigh Rowdy similar to this one.https://www.raleighusa.com/archive/2012-youth/rowdy-12/
He outgrew it in 2 years, then I bought him a used Trek 800 mountain bike, 26" wheels, 1.6" tires, 13 1/2" frame. Either 3 x 7 or 3 x 8, not sure which. He still rides it, though I predict he will be ready for a 16" or 17" frame by next year.

I don't really see the point in buying a road bike for a 7 year old child.
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Old 07-19-13, 08:08 PM
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Look at this and you will see the point https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17GCvL80YVc
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Got my daughter a Fuji Ace 24 a few years back. She did some kid tri's on it and loves riding it. She has grown so fast though She got it when she was 9 and she is 11 years now. I cringe at how small it is when she rides it now. Buying growing kids things based on size gets expensive.
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A decent BMX bike should be perfect for a 7-year-old. Couldn't be simpler to use: just pedal and steer. They hold up to the kinds of things little boys like to do. (Jumps!) Decent ones should be about as light a kids' bike as you're going to find.

I was happy on a BMX bike into my teens. Great learning bike for wrenching, too. Derailleurs are probably a bit much for pre-teen "mechanics".

With that said, though, I just picked up a used Specialized Hotrock 24 for my 9-year-old daughter. She wanted a mountain bike and she's definitely coordinated enough to learn how to use gears.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Anyway, my point is to just keep your eyes open and sooner or later something will pop up. Have ebay searches with email notifications for Trek KDR, Felt F24, Fuji Ace 20/24, Redline Conquest 24 and anything else like it. Or try a WTB on craigslist.
Yes, that's the way to go. Train him on how to ride a road bike now, and he'll be ready to race when he's 10 (or 9 if he has a late birthday).
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Yes, that's the way to go. Train him on how to ride a road bike now, and he'll be ready to race when he's 10 (or 9 if he has a late birthday).
Who cares if they race:

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Who cares if they race:
It's a lot of fun, and they get to hang out with other kids who like bikes. The sport needs more kids racing, and especially more girls to participate.

Plus "I gotta take my kid on a road ride" is wayyyyy more fun for you than "I gotta take my kid to soccer practice".
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It's a lot of fun, and they get to hang out with other kids who like bikes. The sport needs more kids racing, and especially more girls to participate.

Plus "I gotta take my kid on a road ride" is wayyyyy more fun for you than "I gotta take my kid to soccer practice".
I'll let my kids decide on that for themselves.
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Modified folder with slicks. Removed all the heavy and irrevelant stuff, replaced the grip shifter with an indexed 8 speed thumb and trigger with a light action, turned the stem around, chopped the bars, got the shortest seat post I could find and its a geared bike a six year old can ride with ease. It can also be switched out for a small adult so it should last her a good looonnnnggg time. It also folds so putting it in a car or storing it easy. She likes riding it as well.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:32 AM
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"My 7 year old has trouble keeping up"...

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my 5-3 12yr old is wanting a road bike, probably a 48ish frame??? thinkin used allez/1.2/caad8, thoughts??
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my 5-3 12yr old is wanting a road bike, probably a 48ish frame??? thinkin used allez/1.2/caad8, thoughts??
Sure, a 44, 46, or 48 could work, depending on the manufacturer. You might want to get a cyclocross bike, as they're just as good as a road bike in that size, but can also be used for 'cross. Redline, Cannondale, and others all make them in smaller sizes.
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I went through this same thing awhile back for my 8 year old son. It seemed like either you were compromising and buying a "value" bike or you were paying big bucks for a decent bike. Not so many in between bikes for kids.
The resale on kids premium bikes is close to the original sale price, that hurt to find out also. It's why I just went with new.

Redline makes a 24 inch kids cyclocross bike. So does Felt this year I believe. Felt also makes a 24 inch road bike along with Scott. (The two brands it came down to in the end). I ended up getting my bigger than average 8 year son a Felt F95jr road bike (44cm frame, 650 wheels). The Fujis were less money but weighed more then comparable Felts & Scotts. Some Fujis did not have typical road bike shifters either. I wanted my son to just learn it now.

Jamis also make a small 650 bike in the last two years also I think. However a 650 may be large for a typical 7 year old.

Specialized had a 24inch flat bar smooth tire road bike I think. Price was about $375 I think.

I worry some about a less stout road bike being rode by an 8 year old. But he only rides it with me and he takes good care of things. He has other trail bikes he can beat on if he wants.
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I built this for my 9 year old. It is a rigid mtb converted to a drop bar. 24x1.75 inch tires 12 inch frame. It is friction thumb shifting 1x6. It is a mid 90's bike store Schwinn. This was the first go round I have since replaced the brake levers with a short reach (treko womans) and add the cyclocross brake levers across the top. The tape is also now black. I have $120 into it. ($20 for the bike, $40 in tires, $50 for the levers, $10 for the tape). I had the bars, cables and thumb shifter in the parts bin).

His younger brother will end up with it when he is done. The 24x1.75 are pretty smooth but have some tread that can handle light off road.



I don't know if the geometry is great but it seems to work
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I went through this same thing awhile back for my 8 year old son. It seemed like either you were compromising and buying a "value" bike or you were paying big bucks for a decent bike. Not so many in between bikes for kids.
The resale on kids premium bikes is close to the original sale price, that hurt to find out also. It's why I just went with new.

Redline makes a 24 inch kids cyclocross bike. So does Felt this year I believe. Felt also makes a 24 inch road bike along with Scott. (The two brands it came down to in the end). I ended up getting my bigger than average 8 year son a Felt F95jr road bike (44cm frame, 650 wheels). The Fujis were less money but weighed more then comparable Felts & Scotts. Some Fujis did not have typical road bike shifters either. I wanted my son to just learn it now.

Jamis also make a small 650 bike in the last two years also I think. However a 650 may be large for a typical 7 year old.

Specialized had a 24inch flat bar smooth tire road bike I think. Price was about $375 I think.

I worry some about a less stout road bike being rode by an 8 year old. But he only rides it with me and he takes good care of things. He has other trail bikes he can beat on if he wants.
I have a Pinarello, but not sure if they still make them. I bought it from Competitive Cyclist two years ago. This is what it looks like when my daughter is riding it (8 yr old). She's about to out-grow it soon, may be I can work out a deal with OP

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