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Kid bike or adult bike

secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,619
edited October 2016 in Family & kids cycling forum
So: daughter now grown out of her Ridgeback MX24. She's nearly 11, just under 150cm tall, and I'm wondering if a small adult bike would be appropriate rather than a large kids' bike?

Flippin' kids growing mumble groan :lol:

It's just a hill. Get over it.


  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,852
    Loads of debates on this one, if you can find a xs framed bike with 26" wheels you may get away with it. Spotted a young lad last night on a xs framed 27'5 Whyte hardtail with the seat Sat on the crossbar, just looked wrong. Its a hard decision because they grow so quick at this age, I chose to get a 24" wheeled bike for my 10yr old. If I get another year out of it before I need to replace it with a bigger bike I will be happy. Currently getting bits together to build him a mean 26" bike ready for when the day comes that his 24" is to small.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Personally, I'm of the sort that depends on your finances. If you think you can afford another bike sometimes 3-4 years down the line when she's outgrown a smaller adult bike? Go for it. Have a bike that's perfect for her size and everything.

    But... If money is tight and you can't afford to purchase one at a later date, or don't want to, it might be better to get the larger bike.

    In terms of looking adult, or childish though? Children always want to seem to look adult. So that should factor into your decision as well.
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