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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #60 on: April 05, 2021, 05:56:23 PM »
The salesman is actually right. The o ly reason I wouldn't spend that much is because in another year or 2, he will outgrow the bike probably. Do u have other sons younger than him that will use it afterwards?
I had a similar situation and got a small frame adult bike, it will be a bit big in the beginning but totally safe to use, and you can adjust the seat as he grows and it will work. In general by a good bike.
My 7th-grade son is looking for a bike to ride to school (~1 mile each way). My older boys got from Weber's, but they're not around any more, so we went to Roy's. The cheapest bike they had was $450. If he were riding it a lot more, I could justify spending so much, but it seems like a lot for a short urban commute.
If he really wont use it more then just get a cheap one and be done with it, just dont leave it in the rain

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #61 on: April 05, 2021, 05:58:52 PM »
This is my youngest son. He is small for his age, currently about 5'. The salesman recommended what he called an Adult Small (he didn''t want to specify e.g. 24" because he said each bike is built differently), which he said would last him until about 5' 7" by adjusting the seat as @MoYS mentioned, which should be a good 3-5 years.

The salesman did also mention that he does much more maintenance on kids' bikes than adult bikes, because kids tent not to take such good care of their bikes, which is another reason I was inclined to try to go cheaper. Any recommendations of decently-made bikes for a reasonable price from a big-box store?

The salesman said they charge $80 just to assemble a bike, which eats into a lot of the savings, though don't some stores include assembly when you buy from them? Unfortunately I'm not the least bit handy, and my son is better than me, but I don't know that it's realistic for him to do high-level bike maintenance.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #62 on: April 05, 2021, 06:05:16 PM »
This is my youngest son. He is small for his age, currently about 5'. The salesman recommended what he called an Adult Small (he didn''t want to specify e.g. 24" because he said each bike is built differently), which he said would last him until about 5' 7" by adjusting the seat
This is the bike i got https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/recreation/sport-comfort/trailxr/ I think it can be used by someone up to at least 5' 10"

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #63 on: April 05, 2021, 08:52:46 PM »
This is my youngest son. He is small for his age, currently about 5'. The salesman recommended what he called an Adult Small (he didn''t want to specify e.g. 24" because he said each bike is built differently), which he said would last him until about 5' 7" by adjusting the seat as @MoYS mentioned, which should be a good 3-5 years.

The salesman did also mention that he does much more maintenance on kids' bikes than adult bikes, because kids tent not to take such good care of their bikes, which is another reason I was inclined to try to go cheaper. Any recommendations of decently-made bikes for a reasonable price from a big-box store?

The salesman said they charge $80 just to assemble a bike, which eats into a lot of the savings, though don't some stores include assembly when you buy from them? Unfortunately I'm not the least bit handy, and my son is better than me, but I don't know that it's realistic for him to do high-level bike maintenance.
I got a cheaper bike (sub $100), I believe it was Kent, when I was about 12 from Walmart. Worked perfectly for a few years of riding until it was stolen. Mongoose was an even better brand back then. Was assembled in Walmart free of charge, but donít know about today.
For basic riding (non professional) thatís what all my friends and classmates had then, and was perfect for all of us. I donít see why you would spend 3-$500 on a bike that your kid will grow out of within a few years. Unless you have the money for such luxuries obviously.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #64 on: April 05, 2021, 09:03:21 PM »
I got a cheaper bike (sub $100), I believe it was Kent, when I was about 12 from Walmart. Worked perfectly for a few years of riding until it was stolen. Mongoose was an even better brand back then. Was assembled in Walmart free of charge, but donít know about today.
For basic riding (non professional) thatís what all my friends and classmates had then, and was perfect for all of us. I donít see why you would spend 3-$500 on a bike that your kid will grow out of within a few years. Unless you have the money for such luxuries obviously.
Who remembers Huffy bikes?!

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #65 on: April 05, 2021, 09:06:43 PM »
Who remembers Huffy bikes?!
Sure do.

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Re: Bike deal request and advice
« Reply #66 on: April 05, 2021, 09:07:13 PM »
walmart sells them
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.