16 inch kids bike - what is best and where to buy?

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  1. Mthb

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    I am looking to buy the first decent bike for my child. We are looking at a 16 inch wheel. What
    should I buy amd where should I buy it? Thanks.
     
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  2. Adam Dugmore

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    "mthb" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I am looking to buy the first decent bike for my child. We are looking at a 16 inch wheel. What
    > should I buy amd where should I buy it? Thanks.

    Try Specialized's Hotrock, or some of Trek's junior bikes like the 220. Well worth paying a bit
    extra for in terms of build quality and durability.

    Look up your nearest specialist bike shop and take your youngster along. They should be able to
    advise on sizing etc. and give you chance to let them try the bike.

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    Adam Dugmore

    Honda CB500R - mangled :eek:( Kona Explosif - sparkling :eek:)
     
  3. Daren Austin

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    "Adam Dugmore" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "mthb" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > I am looking to buy the first decent bike for my child. We are looking at a 16 inch wheel. What
    > > should I buy amd where should I buy it? Thanks.
    >
    > Try Specialized's Hotrock, or some of Trek's junior bikes like the 220. Well worth paying a bit
    > extra for in terms of build quality and durability.
    >
    > Look up your nearest specialist bike shop and take your youngster along. They should be able to
    > advise on sizing etc. and give you chance to let them try the bike.

    We bought a Raleigh Kobo 16 last year for my then four year old. It's heavy (steel) and bombproof
    geared for about 8mph, but has alloy rims, V brakes and levers (all three essential features).
    Pedals are plastic and poor quality, but bearings are OK.

    Expect to pay about 80pounds for a quality bike. Choose colour

    what you paid for it. Children deserve quality as much as adults, and a good bike will retain more
    value, provide (much) more pleasure and foster a keener interest in cycling.

    I added mudguards and a cheap halfords orange speedo (lots of street cred for 4 quid). I trimmed an
    inch off each end of the handlebars and the fit is very good. Thomas has managed 10miles on country
    lanes and rides the 5 miles to school at least once a week.

    Thomas' other bike is a kiddyback tandem which I have set up with identical fitting (cranks/bars
    etc). That cost a little more :)

    Kind regards,

    Daren

    PS avoid Toys R us at all costs, you get what you pay for!
     
  4. Ian

    Ian Guest

    Daren Austin must be edykated coz e writed:

    > "Adam Dugmore" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    >> "mthb" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]...
    >>> I am looking to buy the first decent bike for my child. We are looking at a 16 inch wheel. What
    >>> should I buy amd where should I buy it? Thanks.
    >>
    >> Try Specialized's Hotrock, or some of Trek's junior bikes like the 220. Well worth paying a bit
    >> extra for in terms of build quality and durability.
    >>
    >> Look up your nearest specialist bike shop and take your youngster along. They should be able to
    >> advise on sizing etc. and give you chance to let them try the bike.
    >
    > We bought a Raleigh Kobo 16 last year for my then four year old. It's heavy (steel) and bombproof
    > geared for about 8mph, but has alloy rims, V brakes and levers (all three essential features).
    > Pedals are plastic and poor quality, but bearings are OK.
    I bought a "Barbie" styled bike for my 4 year old daughter, essentially it is a soundly built
    machine, all I did extra was fit decent adjustable brake levers.

    Ian
     
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