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Where are the youth riders???(9 posts)

Where are the youth riders???94Nole
Aug 22, 2002 11:28 AM
Why are there no younger riders out there? Or are there and I just haven't seen them?

I have a soon-to-be 13 year old. Since I have begun riding on the road, he really enjoys tagging along on his off-the-Wal-Mart rack "mountain bike". (as I ride more and get more accustomed to cycling, it's getting harder for him to keep up)

I want to get him a road bike but am concerned that the way he is growing (he's 5'5" and wears a size 11½ mens shoe at 12 years old), I don't want to be buying him another bike in two years because he outgrew it.

I have been watching ebay but nothing yet.

Question: I guess that I should be able to buy him a used "one size fits all" frame (say a Giant OCR3), that would give me a lot of adjustment leeway over the next 2 or 3 years, shouldn't I? I figure I could get his mom interested at that point and she can take his ride.

Any other advice/thoughts would be appreciated.
Sounds like a good idea.gerwerken
Aug 22, 2002 11:37 AM
Although they are not exactly one size fits all the Giants do have a lot more adjustability then more traditional frames. He will probably still outgrow one quickly though, and abuse it more then you might. Used is probably a good idea.

Keep trying e-bay, or even the classifieds here. Sometimes you can find a bargin.

re: Where are the youth riders???Dave Hickey
Aug 22, 2002 11:58 AM
I'd watch ebay. Bikeswholesale(?) is selling a Mongoose road bike for $450.00. They come in xs,s,m,l. I just ordered my son an xs. I'll post a report. I think it's great when our kids want to ride. My sons first serious ride as two weeks ago. We did a 25 mile charity ride. Prior to this ride, the longest he'd ridden was about 6 miles. I bought him an old Motobecane 24" wheel road bike to see if he like riding. It weighs a ton and has friction shifting but it worked fine. He's really looking forward to riding a modern bike.
re: Where are the youth riders???bikecentennial76
Aug 22, 2002 2:43 PM
My son is 13 and he has been riding/racing for 2 years. He is on his second road bike and second mountain bike. So anything you can do to keep the cost down is a great idea. I'm still not sure if I love or hate the fact that my son can pretty much ride away from me at any time.
re: Where are the youth riders???Rik
Aug 22, 2002 7:23 PM
My 12 year old daughter has completed her first year of racing, including recent Junior Nationals in SC, and has been riding a small Giant TCR w/ Shimano 105. She's about 5'4" and we hope the frame will fit for another year or two. It's been a great bike and a wonderful experience for her.
Aug 22, 2002 7:24 PM
re: Where are the youth riders???
Sorry about that last post (nm)Rik
Aug 22, 2002 7:26 PM
Sorry about that last post (nm)MarvinK
Aug 22, 2002 7:56 PM has a road bike for not much over $300 (although I'm sure shipping to the states is $50+). My wife's first road bike is a Fuji (Sora components) off of ebay for $300 (new), I believe Specialized makes $600 road bike for 2003, too. None of those will have the greatest components, but considering he'll outgrow it quickly... and kids are typically pretty hard on bikes... it might be the way to go.
If you want to keep his interest...Dragon33
Aug 23, 2002 6:55 AM
You need to buy a bike that is of very high quality and one that will get attention from other riders. If you think he is going to grow, go with a cm or 2 bigger than what you think he should be on now. I have 17yr old that I got started almost 3 years ago. I basically had to force him to race in his 1st MTB race and he finished 3rd from there it has been god knows how many bikes and a conversion to road. Last year he was picked up by a factory team and is one of the top riders in the country. I am glad I spent the money and will continue to do so until he doesn't need my help anymore.