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June 12, 2012 1:22 PM Subscribe
Buying a bicycle for our 14-year-old. I know nothing.
posted by dlugoczaj to shopping (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I offered my 14-year-old stepdaughter a couple choices for a graduation gift from eighth grade, and she's opting for a bicycle. I haven't ridden a bike since I was younger than she is and know absolutely nothing about the process of buying one. I don't think my husband's ever had a bike that wasn't a hand-me-down or a dumpster rescue. So we need some help.
We live in a suburban area and my stepdaughter probably will be riding this bike either on the street to friends' houses or stores within a couple miles of our house or on paved bike trails in our local parks. I doubt she'll be doing any kind of unpaved trail riding. She isn't particularly athletic, nor is she much of a risk taker. She's about 5'4" and may be about done growing, based on her mom's and dad's builds.
What should we be looking for in a bike for her? How much are we going to have to be prepared to spend? Where should we go? (We are in eastern CT.) We're not rich but we do want something decent and durable.