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Old 04-17-2019, 09:44 AM
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When I was a kid we got our bikes at a dept. stare called Two Guys, sort of today's Walmart. We beat the crap out of those bikes and they lasted from the age of 5 right through my teen years when we outgrew them, never changed anything but a tire or tube.

Looking today in Walmart I couldn't help but say to myself that many components of the bikes they carried looked far too cheap to hold up over a kids abuse, it got real bad when looking at bikes with multiple speed selections say a 5 -7 speed bike. So I went to a local bike shop, the prices for what I deem a normal kids 20" bike where crazy, $300 and up, I left so fast I couldn't even tell you a model of any one bike.

Looking for reassurance for a Walmart bike or is there a brand I should focus on, on Amazon?

Just looking for a bike that will hold up over 5+ years of abuse with as little trouble as possible.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:48 AM
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Walmart bikes are just that...... "walmart". Over the next 10 years you're going to spend $300-500 bare minimum on bikes/kid. Do you want to buy 3-4 cheap bikes or 2 "decent" bikes.......you're call.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:54 AM
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I went through this with both my kids. Wanted a 20" BMX style bike but didn't want Walmart crap. Also did not want to drop $400 on a kid's bike.
Did a bunch of research and talked to a buddy of mine who is a serious bike racer.
Ended up going with a couple of Framed bikes. One is an Impact and one is a Verdict.
Both were under $200 each. Both came with cheap-ass seats which I replaced, but otherwise they have surprisingly good hardware.
Both bikes have held up really well, and I would buy either one again.
https://www.framedbikes.com/collecti...15643925610547
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:58 AM
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Kids usually beat up bikes and also need/want different sizes and types as they get older. I wouldn't throw too much money on a new bike.
In my neighborhood I've seen the parents buy the kids bikes and they ride them a few times and then they are never seen again.
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We went the bike shop route with my older son - they fitted the bike to him, included a Spring maintenance the following year and put him in a bike that would grow with him - I am sure I could have done the leg work to figure it all out, but it did feel good we were supporting a small local merchant... he rode the bike no less than 15-20 miles per week to friends, etc for 3-4 years, rode on trails, roadways, curbs, etc..... my younger daughter on the other hand - her friends are further away knowing we would be driving her more often then not... went the Wal-Mart route - she has had the bike 3 years...simple road riding, if it has 50 miles on it.. it's a lot... brought it to bike shop and they were happy it to tune it up once.. Son's bike was $350+/- ; Daughters was $125+/-... have to figure out how much are they going to ride and where personally.. I am also in Northeast - bike really does not get used December-March..

**Make sure whatever or wherever you buy the bike... get them a helmet! I recommend a bike shop that will take the time to fit the helmet correctly
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:23 AM
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My kids (10 and 8) go through bikes about every 18 months since they are growing. Keep this in mind depending on your kids ages. A nice bike may not be worth it for only 18 months of usage.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:42 AM
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Growing up a walmart or k mart bike was around 100 or so lasted long enough. A car cost about half what they do now. A bike now cost 3 times what they did before or you will be buying complete garbage for the most part. Everything has gotten out of hand but it's the way life is going. Pay no or pay later it's all the same. If you can pay now your kids will thank you.

look for a used bike of a name brand online. Bikes loose value real quick and can save a bundle buying used.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:48 AM
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I have a Redline mx/mini aluminum frame BMX racing bike. With three piece cranks and upgraded racing components that I can sell. Not one scratch on it, never raced always lubricated. My son didn't outgrow it until 11 years old for size comparison. Pm me if anyone is interested. I don't recall the weight, but you can lift it with one pinky, ultralight. I'm in Jacksonville FL....



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Old 04-17-2019, 11:20 AM
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To put things in some sort of perspective. I recall my parents spending 70-90 bucks on my SchwinnApple Krates and Cotton Pickers in the late 60's early 70's...and if you do the math, that's $500-600 smackers in today's money. So you have a choice to go through a bunch of cheap bikes or spend the money for a better quality bike.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:30 AM
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Buy a crap bike and it will never get used because nothing works correctly. Go to your local bike shop and ask questions. What matters most are the components used, not the brand. That having been said all bikes in a certain price range will usually be of a comparable quality. Less is more with kids bikes. They just want to ride, not mess with 24 gears, disc brake and air shock adjustments.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:43 AM
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I'd look for a quality used bike once they figure out what they want. And ditto the helmet issue. Kids don't want to wear helmets. I won't even ride around the neighborhood without one. Make it a rule from day 1, no exceptions.

Cheap bikes, like most things, are junkier than they were 20 years ago. More plastic parts, poorly assembled, etc. If going new, definitely go to a local shop. It will last a long time, and if you think about it as an annual expense, it isn't that bad. I ride Giant bikes at this point. They tend to be slightly less than other name brand bikes I believe because they are the largest frame manufacturer.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:07 PM
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Figure out the sizes and try craigslist. Kids out grow them all the time. They gotta go somewhere. I figured this out after spending $300 ish X 4.
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I always tell my employees "Any bike mechanic can tune a high end bike but it takes a master to tune a Huffy"
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:27 PM
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I bought my daughter a Raleigh Chopper from England.. she loved it, still does and shes about to get her drivers license..... had it for 6 years and will likely sell it for around 300 when she starts driving..


hmmm thought I had a picture of it but gone... so here's an Google image..

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I had junk bikes as a kid, so 40 years ago when my kids started to ride bikes I went to the Local Bike Shop and bought my daughters Schwinn Pixies and Sprint 10 speeds. They were made in Chicago back then. As the girls got older and moved away, I kept them and a few years ago I cleaned them up and gave them back to them. The grandkids ride them now and they love those things.

They can be bought on EBay pretty cheap. Many look like new bikes.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:45 PM
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Try here. You can get any level of quality you want, you get what you pay for. Higher price=better components.

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I was the 4th or 5th owner of a Rust Colored Schwinn with a banana seat. I know of 4 or 5 more kids who learned to ride on that bike. That thing was bullet proof. Man life was simpler then...
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:51 PM
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Ask the bike shop if they have a trade up plan. Did this for my daughter for 4 bikes, Specialized was the brand. When she out grew one we would take it in and they would fit her for the new model and buy, based on what condition it was in, the old one. I would pay the difference. They fix the old ones up and sell them used in the shop was a good plan. Also would do tune ups, once per year, on them.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Coltmb View Post
Ask the bike shop if they have a trade up plan. Did this for my daughter for 4 bikes, Specialized was the brand. When she out grew one we would take it in and they would fit her for the new model and buy, based on what condition it was in, the old one. I would pay the difference. They fix the old ones up and sell them used in the shop was a good plan. Also would do tune ups, once per year, on them.
This is what I have done. Some bike shops will buy back used at 100% as trade in.
If not a bike shop then go used, Id stay away from Walmart.
I remember Two Guys, maybe mid - late 60s. Short lived.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:23 PM
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Life is too short to buy crappy bikes.

I buy buy good bikes and sell them when the kids outgrow them.

That being said i too bought really good first bikes and have them in my basement for my grand kids if i live that long. Of course there is the high possibility that my kids want to buy their kids bikes just as I did. oh well.
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