Should I get my son a BMX or a Mountain Bike
I have been taking my son Mountain biking with me every saturday morning and he loves it. He is 8 years old and is using a cheap department store BMX.
I would like to get him a decent bike, but I am not sure to get him a good bmx or a single speed mountain bike. I was thinking a BMX would be lighter.
My budget is around $250
Maybe look at a 24 inch wheeled BMX single speed bike, talk to a local bike shop. I think DK does a 24 inch bike, that would keep it simple, bomb-proof, and affordable - plus, the 24 inch wheels are gonna roll a lot better than standard 20 inch wheels. He might not be ready for a 26 inch bike with a transmission just yet, a complicated bike or one that's too big could cause frustration and crashes. Good luck.
I had a 24" Giant mountain bike when I was that age. It was a fully rigid 1x5 transmission and from what I remember, not too heavy. The bike held up well, after I outgrew it the LBS was able to find a buyer.