Hi folks, I've been reading through the website and hoping for some
My son started out on walmart bike years ago and then about 6 years old I
wanted him on a better bike with gears because of where we live it's all
hills. So I got him a 20" trek MT-60. The bike has been great with the
adjustable pedals. Now I'm going to be selling it and figuring it's a break
even between purchase and selling it kept me from getting interim crappy
Anyway, pretty much were just riding rail trails and in the neighbor hood.
He's now grown to 56 or 57 inches and there are new mountain bike trails
near us and he wants to do some mountain biking.
I took him to the bike shop and they sized him up on a 26" bike with a 13"
frame. Which also happens to be the same size bike my wife rides. She has a
trek 930 no suspension. So last night we went to the mountain bike trails
and he first rode the 20" and he was dwarfing it and it didn't have enough
Then we took out mom's bike and while he can clear the top tube, I think
it's just a bit too tall since he hit his balls 3 times when he bobbled and
had to get off the bike. So now I'm thinking I need a 24 to get him through
at least this year. I'm fine with getting a used one and then re-selling in
a year or so. Even though he may only have it a short time, I want him to
be confident in the woods rather than struggle and worry about hurting
I'm looking forward to us mountain biking. I tried it years ago and the
wife didn't care for it so I didn't ride by myself. Now I really want to go
again. I also ride a trek 930 with no suspension. Mountain biking is good
because it will develop his skills that he uses while riding his off road
motorcycle and it's good for me to get back into shape (isn't round a
shape?) and I've been diagnosed with needing a knee replacement and too
young to get one, biking seems to be low impact enough on it for me to be
able to do it. I'm sure road biking would be better for it, but I'm a woods
Any reccomendations on what to look for?
I've been looking at treks on craigslist and then was looking at a
specialized rockhopper and found one for $100 that's owned by a bike
mechanic and claims the bike has been all gone through, cleaned and tuned
up., but haven't gone to look at it yet. I'm heading to a used bike shop
next week also.
Should I be looking for something with a front suspension for him or does
it not make much of a difference at his age. I have nothing to go by
because I've never ridden a bicycle with a front suspension. I always
thought about front suspension for mine, but I know in motorcyles, you need
to alter your spring rates for your weight and I was figuring the same
would apply to mountain bikes, so I just shyed away from suspension all
together. His 20" trek has it, but I haven't watched him ride down the
trail, so I can't tell if it does him any good or not.
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