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Bike for a 9 yr. old girl? (HELP PLEASE)(18 posts)

Bike for a 9 yr. old girl? (HELP PLEASE)BrianNYC
Oct 22, 2002 7:33 AM
A friend of mine wants to get a bike for her 9 year old niece for her birthday. Any recommendations? I assume that a bike that can grow with her makes the most sense. Not looking for anything too serious though. The girl lives in a hilly part of NJ, so a single speed will not do it.

Thanks in advance
any department store bikeSteve_0
Oct 22, 2002 8:18 AM
...and i wouldnt discount a SS; kids are a lot more adaptable than you'd imagine; especially with the low gearing of bmx-type bikes.
A Colnago C40 with training wheelsLeroy
Oct 22, 2002 8:21 AM
No just kidding ;). Just get her something from Walmart - say a Schwinn - that she can ride around the neighborhood.
here's the link to that (no kidding!)lonefrontranger
Oct 22, 2002 9:58 AM
Maybe not a C-40, but your kid CAN have the best:

One of the "little juniors" out here races on a custom Litespeed with 20" wheels. He's 7 or 8 and it's the tiniest bike I've ever seen.
No way! You mean my 7 year old could be riding a Colnago!ColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2002 10:06 AM
I dont think I'll tell him that. Any idea on price? He's hard on bikes anyway so his Giant MTB is fine for now. I was thinking of buying him a scaled down cruiser bike for Xmas. I guess Electra makes them in 20" wheels.
It also comes in red!Tig
Oct 22, 2002 10:31 AM
no idea on pricelonefrontranger
Oct 22, 2002 10:32 AM
Trialtir has added an order form to their website, meaning you could probably email them to find out MSRP. It's an Al frame, so I'd imagine as with all things Colnago, it's probably fairly pricey.

Kids racing bikes are a well-known "niche" market in Europe. I've been to several road races in Germany where the "peewee" category (kids 5-8 years old) had 30-40 very serious racers in it, all mounted on custom pint-sized Bianchis, Alans, Merckx, DeRosa, etc...

As far as your kid being tough on equipment, that's specific to the kid, and I don't know what to tell you there. For what it's worth, I understand that the little dude with the custom Litespeed is very particular about equipment (or according to his Dad he wouldn't have something that nice), and he tends to maintain it better than Dad keeps his own racing bike :)
Dad, I can't let my friends see me with downtube shifters ! (nm)Andy
Oct 22, 2002 5:45 PM
too bad Doug left...he'd have to have one of those for his kid (ColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2002 10:07 AM
LFR: tell the Nieman-Marcus Xmas catalog about this! nmLeroy
Oct 22, 2002 1:11 PM
Thanks guys, much appreciated.BrianNYC
Oct 22, 2002 8:42 AM
Further suggestions from a DadPaulCL
Oct 22, 2002 9:17 AM
I just bt my 8 year old a bike last weekend. Went through the same thing with my now ten-year old last year.

If she is a tall girl (like my ten year old) buy a 26" bike and make adjustments. We lowered the saddle the max. I bought a new handlebar with a 4" rise. She fits the bike now with some stretch. In a year, I can replace the bar and raise the saddle, if necessary. Did the same for my 8 year old this weekend.

By the way...the older one got a $200 Giant. The younger one (who is much smaller) got the $100 Huffy. The Huffy will be OK for about three years...then onto a more expensive bike.... My "giant" ride will be able to use the bike for years to come.
Another Dad weighs in.dzrider
Oct 22, 2002 10:08 AM
Our boys got only used bikes. They never objected and rode lots.
Fun at the auction.Chainstay
Oct 22, 2002 5:58 PM
My oldest boy bought his first 24" wheel at a charity auction. I advised him initially but he did all the bidding while I watched. He ended up in a public bidding war against another parent who was shamed into backing down rather than beat a boy out for a bike. He rode that bike for a couple and passed it down to the younger lad. That was a few years ago, now they are into better stuff. I wish they had a track around Toronto, it's supposed to be a lot of fun for kids.
if NYC means New York City.....joekm
Oct 22, 2002 9:16 AM
check out this one.....
Thanks again. nmBrianNYC
Oct 22, 2002 9:44 AM
The most important criterion is probably . . .Look381i
Oct 22, 2002 10:05 AM
that the bike will be one she will actually ride on her own without requiring daddy to fiddle with it. Having gone through this with two of my own kids, I discovered that "cool" and durable trump technically elaborate. I'd say these days that BMX bikes are still cool, relatively simple and durable. Another choice is an inexpensive small mtb with a few gears, but I am suspicious of the adjustment and durability issues, not to mention weight, of those creatures.
adjustment issuesColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2002 12:03 PM
i recently upgraded my son to a 20" wheel Giant with a 5 speed der and v-brakes (last bike had coaster brakes and single speed). The brakes are pretty cheap and he's bent the arm on them, but they still work after bending them back. There is also a derailler cover on the back....good thing as it gets thrown down a lot and would be broken by now otherwise. The der is cheap and goes out of adjustment a lot, but he really doesnt seem to care. Every so often I'll play with it and get it all back in top shape, but it's not that big of a deal.