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Wilson10

Chimp
Aug 10, 2003
10
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Clinton, TN
I'm looking for recommendations for my new 4 yr old beginner. :)

He has been flying around for two years on his strider and is ready for a pedal bike.

I want something he can learn on and lightweight but also grow into for a year or so. Anyone with any advice is appreciated.

Thx
 

WMAC

Chimp
Sep 23, 2012
65
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Franklin, TN
There aren't any good lightweight options out there. Depending on the size of your little one, the Specialized Hotrock 12 or 16 are the best options I have seen.
 

kickstand

Turbo Monkey
Sep 18, 2009
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Fenton, MI
There aren't any good lightweight options out there. Depending on the size of your little one, the Specialized Hotrock 12 or 16 are the best options I have seen.
There are most certainly good lightweight options out there, they just aren't cheap.

My son started at age 3 on a 12" wheeled wally world bike. Then moved on around 4/5 years of age.

My kids had great luck on 16" wheeled bmx/park style bikes (my son is still riding a SE lil Wildman, though I think it's time to replace it) he's 7, but it's looking a bit small underneath him.

They also rode Micro and mini bmx bikes, the 18" wheeled bikes are great for 4-6 year old kids. my kids are now 7 and fit the 20" wheeled mini bmx bikes very comfortably.
 

TreeSaw

Mama Monkey
Oct 30, 2003
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Dancin' over rocks n' roots!
Sydney (my oldest daughter...just turned 7) started out on a 12" Trek and it was heavier than any of my XC bikes (probably closer to my DH bike weight). Then she moved to a Jamis that was still steel and had coaster brakes (I think it was a 14"). She has a 16" Trek now and it's quite a bit lighter. They grow so fast that I'd suggest going with something they like (even a Wally World one...just check that it's put together right) to keep him excited to ride and get some pedaling experience, then there are more options for lighter bikes once he's a little bigger. Local garage sales and Craigslist are great options too...they grow so fast!
 
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