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Road bike for youngster...(9 posts)

Road bike for youngster...PT
Jan 6, 2003 10:56 AM
Does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonable road bike for a growing 11 year-old? She's as about as experienced a cyclist as an 11 year-old can be, riding both around town and on the trail on her own, and doing reasonable distance with me on a tandem. She's right at 5 feet tall, and likely to sprout pretty soon. I was thinking about a small compact frame, thinking she could grow with it a little better than a 48cm of so classic shaped frame. I figure a triple is a good idea. I like the looks of the Allez Vita Women's road bike, but am unsure of the price. I'm willing to pay for quality as I figure she'll use it, and she's got a brother waiting in the wings. I'm also willing to buy used, but I need some ideas first. Thanks for your ideas.
small compact is a good idealonefrontranger
Jan 6, 2003 11:25 AM
Watch out for TT length though, particularly with a growing young female. I can tell you from personal experience that being too stretched out (for me, this is anything American built, it seems) is frustrating and painful, and may just put her off cycling. Girls grow in the legs first, particularly at that age. With that in mind, this may be a good application for WSD (assuming her brother wouldn't mind a hand-me-down WSD).

Of course, if you are really looking for quality, you could just go with one of these:

http://www.trialtir-usa.com/2003-colnago/full-bikes/kids-bikes/full-bikes-kids.htm
thanks, and...PT
Jan 6, 2003 1:09 PM
I doubt her brother would mind a hand-me-down WSD, as he's perfectly happy in her pink snowpants.

I plan on playing the "stem" game (changing length as she grows). We've done that for her on a compact design mtb, and she's comfortably ridden a nominal 17" specialized mtb for over a year, and certainly has a lot of room to grow. Probably by next summer we'll want to increase the stem length by 10 mm. I'm more concerned that a too short or too long stem will adversely affect the handling of a road bike, but just as we can't buy pants that fit now and expect them to be the right lenght in a month, we can't go buying a bike every year...
re: Road bike for youngster...Mariowannabe
Jan 6, 2003 11:53 AM
I just got my 12 yr old daughter a Bianchi Brava for xmas. It was a 2002 demo and I got a very good deal from my LBS. Its pretty heavy, but I beleive it'll hold up well to the pounding of riding around town, less-than-carefull parking, etc. (I think I'm more excited about it than she is!!) She, too, has a little brother who can put it to good use down the road.
start 'em off rightDougSloan
Jan 6, 2003 12:08 PM
These might be a little small, but "regular" sizes go down to 46cm: http://www.trialtir-usa.com/2003-colnago/full-bikes/kids-bikes/full-bikes-kids.htm

Doug
start 'em off rightMariowannabe
Jan 6, 2003 3:10 PM
If I bought this for my kid I wouldn't let them ride it. It would hang in the family room over the fireplace. (Its $1500!!!) Sure would be cool, though!
re: Road bike for youngster...Rik
Jan 6, 2003 5:10 PM
When my 12 year old daughter took up road racing last year our junior coach put her on a small Giant TCR. In the year since she's grown a couple of inches to 5'3" and we've been able to accomodate her growth with changes in stem height and length and, of course, seatpost height. The bike still works well for her and I'm guessing that she'll be tired of the frame before she outgrows it. Glad to hear that she's interested in cycling, there don't seem to be a lot of girls that age out there riding, at least not in Iowa. Good luck.
Terry??Alexx
Jan 7, 2003 5:39 AM
They make bikes designed for smaller women (Georgina Terry isn't much taller than that herself), so, even if your daughter outgrows it, the bike will have a good deal of value left.
god no! DON'T do that to her!lonefrontranger
Jan 7, 2003 7:40 AM
Terry is the WORST, and I do mean the absolute WORST bicyle manufacturer on the planet. Hey, let's manufacture heavy, klunky and best of all DANGEROUS bicyles with low quality components to women because they are too stupid to know better and want pink with flowers paintjobs. Trust me, Terry is a bunch of marketing spin put onto cheap, sluggish handling frames that would be ashamed to call themselves Huffys.