Seeking advice on a BMX bike for a seven year old

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  1. azul_fahrrad

    azul_fahrrad New Member

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    I have a son who is almost seven years old and I plan to buy a BMX bike for him. I am not familiar with BMX and wonder if any one might offer advice on what I should look for in a BMX bike and perhaps give recomendations on bike brands and gear.

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  2. STXR814

    STXR814 New Member

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    Get a Redline Proline Expert. My son was a little older than yours when I bought him one for BMX racing and I had him practice on a chromo Diamondback which was pretty heavy compared to the all alluminum Redline. I would say a Redline Proline like that is a very good bike to race with, better than average and can upgrade from there. I'd get one off craigslist or ebay. One brandnew if I remember correctly was about $375 or so and I bought my sons slightly used it looked like new off ebay for $275 he used it a season broke his arm and never got back into it so I sold it back on ebay for like $245 or so. You won't loose your money on a Redline and its a great bike for BMX. Whatever you do, do NOT put him on clipless pedals until he is dominating on flats. Most parents put their kids on clips early thinking it helps their kids with learning BMX racing but really it hurts them, they don't learn to pedal correctly, pump and pull over the hills, and when they fall at an early age they fall really bad so let him get really good on flats and for a couple seasons then put him in clips is like putting a turbocharger on a car, trust me, if he can dominate on flats he will kill em with clips!
     
  3. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    Just go down to the local bike shop, tell the guys there how big/old your son is and see what they have. Your son is only 7 - he doesn't know lightweight this from really-expensive that... He just wants to ride and have some fun. You really just need something that has 'real bearings' in the wheels and pedals and is built for being dropped on the ground thousands of times over the next few years.

    The cheaper bikes at places like WalMart often have plastic bushings in the pedals rather than bearings and are often put together in a rather crappy way.

    This is one place where 'steel is real'. Steel tubes take more of a beating than aluminum. Kids treat things differently that adults and a $3000 road bike.

    Let him pick out his own helmet. You want him to wear it so it's way easier if you let him pick it... Parents are not known for chosing 'cool' things for kids.

    ... alternatively, you could just take you son down the bike shop and let him pick one out. Kids have weird logic - you might spend $400 on some cool looking bike and all he wanted was the $120 bike with lots of chrome and cool looking stickers.
     
  4. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    REALLY?!?

    For a 7 year old, I would buy the least expensive bike I could find ... and, that probably means one from WalMart/Target/wherever because I think you have to treat the bike as a "disposable" item which may only be ridden for one or two years ...

    AND, a BMX bike really doesn't have many moving parts to consider -- the headset & BB will have been ajusted at the factory (good-or-bad) ...



    What the OP may want to do, regardless of where he chooses to buy the bike (but, particularly if he opts for the Wally World bike) is to lube the brake cable with a thin layer of VASELINE.



    And, when the "plastic" parts actually wear out, then I would replace them.


    Maintaining chain adjustment? Well, that's easy is enough for the end user to do.

    Air in the tires? That's up to the end user.

    The hubs? Heck if that's an issue, buy another set of hubs (or, entire wheels), later, OR learn how to re-grease the bearings ... the kid probably weighs less than 60 lbs, and probably won't weigh much more than 70 lbs when he is 10, so the wear-and-tear on the bearings in the hubs & pedals will probably be low ... very low.

    I don't know how much a small child can trash a frame ... and, if he does, then the OP will know that his kid doesn't know how to take care of his 'stuff' ... at least, not yet.

    There is a huge difference between a 7 year old & a 9-to-10 year old ... so, when the OP's son is 9-to-10, then a better bike from a shop may be in order -- by then, he may want a MTB ... or, even a ROAD bike!

    BTW. If anyone wants to see how much you can spend on BMX frames and components, check DANSCOMP.COM ...
     
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