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Road bike suggestions for child or other short (4-4.5ft)?(10 posts)

Road bike suggestions for child or other short (4-4.5ft)?MarvinK
Jul 25, 2002 8:23 AM
I've thought about tandems, but they aren't flexible enough for our needs... so I'm wondering if anyone has any good suggestions for a very small road bike (preferably in the $500-1000 range)? I've seen a few younger children on the STP and other large rides, but they typically have a child's mountain bike or something similar. I was hoping to find something that's more of a real road bike. Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!
Ebay...Dave Hickey
Jul 25, 2002 8:43 AM
Check Ebay. I bought my 11 year old a Motobecane with 24" wheels. I paid $125 for it. After cleaning it up, it's a great little road bike.
what about some of the "women's specific" bikes?Becky
Jul 25, 2002 8:45 AM
I know that Cannondale makes one (the R500/R800 Feminine, depending on components) in a 40cm frame and I'd imagine that other manufacturers who offer women-specific frames would have similar sizing available. Or maybe one of those trail-a-bikes that clamps to a seatpost? Never used one myself, but I have seen them around.
Good luck in your search!

GreengearSpoke Wrench
Jul 25, 2002 9:55 AM
The Bike Friday folks. I have friends who own a single, a tandem and a triple.
Start 'em off right! Colnago c-40! nmrwbadley
Jul 25, 2002 10:27 AM
re: Road bike suggestions for child or other short (4-4.5ft)?gerwerken
Jul 25, 2002 11:41 AM
Trek had a child size road bike a few years ago painted up in usps team colors. They may still have something like it. I don't know the price though.
re: Road bike suggestions for child or other short (4-4.5ft)?teambrooks
Jul 25, 2002 2:47 PM
Trek KDR1000
re: Road bike suggestions for child or other short (4-4.5ft)?MarvinK
Jul 25, 2002 3:24 PM
Looks like the Trek KDR 1000 is a little bigger than the Cannondale R500 40cm, but supposedly it's only about $550. I'll definitely be checking into both of them... thanks again for everyone's help! Any more details on the 24in Motobecane? That sounds really promising....
Jul 25, 2002 3:26 PM
They do make many smaller sizes, and it would be cheaper than the alternative-a custom built bike. Most of those older 24" Peugeots and Motobecanes were kinda crappy, actually. Kids will outgrow a good bike, and few will want one. Maybe a decent MTB can be converted??
Jul 30, 2002 4:36 PM
Terry's bikes don't appear to be any smaller than the 650c Treks, Cannondales, etc. Anyone know why nobody makes 24" road bike? You'd think with the popularity of cycling in Europe, I could find something to ship from there....