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Bikes - 8/9year old girl
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 09:40 PM
My daughter needs a new bike. We did really well from her previous bike and got 4 years out of it. She is very small at 120cm tall, but enjoys riding and is quite competent. I was considering getting her a bike with gears this time, if I can find something suitable, but do you think 8 or 9 is too young to manage gears?
Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:43 PM
I’ve seen gears on bikes intended for five-year-olds, so I definitely think an eight-year-old would be able to handle them! It makes bike-riding so much more enjoyable too. Although I did have the strongest quads I’ve ever had when I rode a bike with no gears, many years ago 🤪
Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:04 AM
I'd definitely go for gears if she enjoys riding, unless BMX is her thing pretty exclusively. We started our kids with rear twist grip gears (20" wheels) at 6-7, moved up to front and rear twist grip around 8 (24") and then onto a small adult bike not much later (26"). Eldest skipped the 24" - and both are tall.
At 8, 24" would be around the right size, especially allowing for growth. Unfortunately there isn't a big range We do have one, lightly used, in our shed A nuymber of friends seem to have done well with BYKs, although we've had good Specialized.
Our kids were prob 9 before they were really starting to understand front and rear gears, but you're better off persevering to get longer use from a bike. And I'd always go for the largest bike size my child can safely use, as they will be more stable than perched on top of something smaller.
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