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Bikes - 8/9year old girl

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#1 LucyGoose

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?

#2 flowermama

Posted 08 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

We got a bike with gears for my daughter’s 8th birthday. It didn’t take her long to get the hang of the gears and she absolutely loves having a ‘real’ bike!

#3 SeaPrincess

Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:36 PM

Our children have had gears from around 7 or 8, depending on when they outgrew the previous bike.

#4 Ozquoll

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 08 July 2018 - 10:56 PM

All my kids got bikes with gears about that age.
Honestly, they don't use them much as the very rarely ride anywhere that's not flat.  It was usually just because they liked that bike, colour etc.

#6 Silver Girl

Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:28 PM

DS (8) has had a bike with gears for a couple of years now - Byk 450. He got the hang of the gears pretty quickly.

The Byk 450 is recommended for 110-132cm.

#7 dadwasathome

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.

#8 micric

Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:26 AM

I'd second the BYK 450, they produce fantastic bikes for children.

If the child can ride confidently without gears, then gears are a sensible next step.

#9 LucyGoose

Posted 10 July 2018 - 08:24 PM

Thank you for all the replies.  She actually has a BYK350 which has been great,  so probably will look at gears and the BYK450!

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