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Quality roadbike for younger riders?(6 posts)

Quality roadbike for younger riders?latinist
Aug 11, 2003 5:32 AM
My younger brother (small kid, 14 yrs old, 90 lbs. max) has recently been showing some interest in cycling. We've been riding together a little bit, and for once he's actually paying attention to me when I try and tell him something. We've learned about drafting, picking the right gear, keeping a high cadence, all the basics.

Right now he's on a Trek youth bike, which isn't that great. Knobbies, cheap shimano components, basically and unpleasant bike to ride. I'd like to get him on something slightly more suited to the road.

He's about 4ft. 8inches, and has not had his growth spurt. I've seen juniors around here on lots of Giants, and I made the mistake of showing him Orbea's junior bike with Euskaltel graphics.

I know there are lots of parents out there, how have you dealt with this issue and what would you suggest?

Thanks in advance.
DIY...Andy M-S
Aug 11, 2003 6:07 AM
I have two road bikes for my kids--in one case, I lucked out and picked up a 50cm Diamondback, used...originally meant for my spouse, but she didn't like drops, so it went to my now 14-yo daughter. It was 3x7, I added 8-speed Campy Ergos (shifting a 7-speed Shimano derailer) and she was (and is) completely happy with it.

For my son's 12th birthday, a couple of weeks ago, I gave him a bike I'd built from a used Basso Gap frame, 48cm, and miscellaneous parts. It runs 2x8 STI, a mix of RSX levers, Sora RD, and misc. other stuff. He loves it. I expect he'll outgrow it in the next year or so and it will go to his younger brother.

I'm fairly good at scavenging and, as a result, I probably have less than $400 into each of these bikes. It helps, I think, that the kids know that *I* ride a bike home-built out of largely used stuff (see my '92 RB-2 in the gallery).

Hmmm... I'll have to post their bikes in the gallery. The Gap, in particular, is a real looker, complete with green and purple paint job, purple saddle and green tires (I had fun building it up...).
Aug 11, 2003 6:19 AM
sorry, probably too smallDougSloan
Aug 11, 2003 6:21 AM
Those are likely too small.

I've seen lots of women racers who couldn't weigh much more than 90 pounds. Any bike suitable for them should work.

re: Quality roadbike for younger riders?latinist
Aug 11, 2003 11:22 AM
Thanks, I guess I didn't really think of scavenging, but that would be fun. He's prob. going to hit his growth spurt soon, so we'll have to watch out for that.

If he does start to ride more, that'll give me the perfect excuse to build up a single/fixie to take out with him.
Beg, Scrounge and Scavenge, Ltd.Andy M-S
Aug 11, 2003 12:56 PM
If you roll your own, one of the neat things is that you can get your kids to help you do the build. It gives them a certain appreciation. I suspect my son could re-wrap his handlebars at this stage without too much trouble...