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Pree-Teen Road Bike Options(6 posts)

Pree-Teen Road Bike OptionsRik
Dec 19, 2001 7:27 PM
I have a 12 year old daughter who is an avid runner, swimmer and an aspiring bike racer. She's comfortable and competent on her moutain bike and on the back of the tandem but would like to try road racing. Any suggestions for a relatively inexpensive (<$800) entry level road bike in a small (she's 5'1" w/ 29" inseam) size? Thanks.
re: Pree-Teen Road Bike Optionsnewroadie
Dec 19, 2001 7:51 PM
i recently decided to go to road biking after mountain biking for a while. Since your daughter is 12 she's still gonna grow... so you probably don't need the best... unless... she's planning to do races right away...

2 suggestions...

1) try to find a nice used bike...

2) consider the Novara Strada 2001 on sale at REI.com for
$749... it's right below $800... but the components are
nice... the bike is light and solid, and a serious
machine.

you shouldn't pay so much for your first road bike but you want a nice one so that it'll motivate you to stay with the sport. whatever you decide... make sure that you her the right size bike!!! SIZE IS EVERYTHING IN ROAD BIKES!
re: Pree-Teen Road Bike Optionsgtx
Dec 19, 2001 8:05 PM
check out some of the new compact geometry bikes like the Giant OCR series--should allow her to have standover clearance now but give her something to grow into, also.
Go used . . .DCW
Dec 20, 2001 1:03 AM
If you are confident you can choose a good fit, check the internet classifieds. My riding buddies and I have bought several very nice bikes for our kids (and some older friends) that way. Most recent example was last week for a student of mine: custom built Rhygin, two years old, Ultegra 9-speed, aero wheels, perfect fit, etc: $2500 new, $800 used, shipped. For a bike two to four years old you should expect to pay 30-60% list.

Of course, you sacrifice warranty and the usual LBS free tune-ups and take some risks with fit and the person on the other end of the transaction.

For new, in addition to hunting down seasonal sales, you might also consider Gary Hobbs (gvhbikes.com). I noticed he has a small frame complete bike at an attractive price in a very (probably too, but it's a sloping top tube) small size:

http://www.gvhbikes.com/Specialized/11-13-01/46%20Specialized.jpg.

Good luck.
Sounds like you have promising triathlete in the making!js5280
Dec 20, 2001 10:33 AM
That's great she's into these various activities and you're very supportive. Definately good for developing self-esteem and establishing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at a young age. Used bikes are a very good route from a value standpoint, but you have to know what your looking for w/ a road bike, particularly sizing. You may want to consider looking at new bikes to learn what will work best for her then look for used bike w/ similar sizing, components, etc. My guess at her age she probably will have some strong opinions on what she wants. It's probably best to heed those because you want her to enjoy her new bike and be ethusiatic to ride it. Better to spend $100 more on a bike she loves, then a bike she doesn't like as much and doesn't ride. Set those initial expectations though or you'll be writing us about her new Colnago C40 ;-)
Check out this offering from Trekturtlemoye
Dec 20, 2001 4:51 PM
I saw a Trek the other day that was built for kids or very small adults. It uses 650C wheels instead of the usual 700c which she should be able to control easier. I haven't seen anything like it offered by other company and I think it was priced in your range. She may outgrow it within a year or two but it is more important that she be able to handle the bike safely and you shoulb be able to resale it later.

Here is the link, it's under kids bikes
www.trekbikes.com/

Good luck,
--turtle