Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Single speed for a kid?

Old 11-21-11, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by GS430 View Post
Good evening. Not sure if this is a good idea, but my 9 year old (4'11-5ft) son wants a single speed bike. He LOVES to ride
My local velodrome does this thing called Velokids, where they have 8-16 year olds practicing riding skills and do a little bit of racing. If you're close to one, might be something to look into if he's interesting in kicking other kids' butts (I sure was at that age, in the pool though) and you could get him a flip-flop hub for the singlespeed on the road part.
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Old 11-21-11, 11:26 AM
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When I have a kid: I will put them on a fixie right after they outgrow the Skuut no gear, balance bike
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Old 11-21-11, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by pkpyro View Post
I had a ghetto single speed BMX / road bike hybrid (I unno what those are) when I was 9 yo.

For now I don't see the point in giving your kid a track frame. Those aren't forgiving if you bang it around / crash and your feet aren't long enough to hit the ground before your balls hit the top tube / won't know how to balance out fast enough. Which kids tend to do, and no offence to the riding skills of your child, but very prone. Just seems more economical and SAFER IMHO.

Also. Here's something to consider: When I was 9 and I saw a 9 yo kid riding a track frame with obviously no muscles to speak of, I'd have laughed. There's the social aspect to a bike for a kid, too, unless he's only going to ride it for training purposes or something (in which case a roadie or a fixed gear would suit him better)
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Old 11-21-11, 11:46 AM
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This thread makes me feel like my family was poor. Am I the only one that rode Walmart bikes until I was 15??
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Old 11-21-11, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
This thread makes me feel like my family was poor. Am I the only one that rode Walmart bikes until I was 15??
My brother and I SHARED a low-rider bike we got a garage sale for years. We put pegs on the back so both of us could ride it since we only had one.

Back on topic, I think the OP should get a BMX for his son. Little kids like to do wheelies, stoppies, hop curbs, and trow their bike on the gorund when they stop. I wouldn't want my track frame to go through all that. Also, I'd imagine your son will soon outgrow whatever bike you get him so might as well get something cheap and durable.
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Old 11-21-11, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Danzaxbonanza View Post
...do wheelies, stoppies, hop curbs, and trow their bike on the gorund when they stop. I wouldn't want my track frame to go through all that.
It is only when a track frame goes through "all that" - that it attains that elusive Epic street cred status.
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Old 11-21-11, 02:33 PM
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You could wait for the Leader Pharaoh frameset to come out. It's a durable fixed gear/single speed frame that uses 26" wheels. I'm no expert on FGFS (fixed gear freestyle) frames but I believe the Pharaoh isn't the first 26er and there may be others available. It should meet your needs for size and would definitely stand up to any abuse a kid could throw at it. They're meant to be jumped, dropped, and thrashed.
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Old 11-21-11, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
This thread makes me feel like my family was poor. Am I the only one that rode Walmart bikes until I was 15??
Change that number to 14 and I'm in the same boat.
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Old 11-21-11, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
This thread makes me feel like my family was poor. Am I the only one that rode Walmart bikes until I was 15??
I could only afford skateboard parts til' i was about 20, then i salvaged a bunch of parts and built a ghetto ass fixed conversion. It was nothing but blank decks and thrashed ventures for a reaaaalll long time hahahaha....

while im off topic... that new leader looks pretty fun.
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Old 11-21-11, 04:20 PM
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Dang, I was riding bikes from Sears 'til I was 16, no Walmarts in town back then. Then a scored sweet BMXer from a police auction.
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Old 11-21-11, 04:23 PM
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Police officers use BMX bikes?
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Nope. 90% of the stuff at police auctions I've been to is unclaimed property. Only a little bit of olde stuff from the cop shoppe.

Cops do roll Spinergys tho!


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Old 11-21-11, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
You could wait for the Leader Pharaoh frameset to come out. It's a durable fixed gear/single speed frame that uses 26" wheels. I'm no expert on FGFS (fixed gear freestyle) frames but I believe the Pharaoh isn't the first 26er and there may be others available. It should meet your needs for size and would definitely stand up to any abuse a kid could throw at it. They're meant to be jumped, dropped, and thrashed.
Man that's some ugly paint; are they gonna ship like that? I hope this type of bike takes off, though. Maybe cheap but good 26" fixed/free wheels will become available at some point.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Nope. 90% of the stuff at police auctions I've been to is unclaimed property. Only a little bit of olde stuff from the cop shoppe.

Cops do roll Spinergys tho!

Wow I forgot about that terrible terrible show.

If I recall correctly my first actual bike was a weird ass bmx/atb hybrid thing.. it was a single speed but basically the size of an ATB.. was weird. I liked it a lot as a kid though, being as I don't bunny hop much or do things I consider silly now I don't think I'd care for that bike...
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That's hilarious.
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All the comments and ideas have been great, thanks. Any idea when the Pharaoh is coming out? I think that is exactly what we need.
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