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    • Thomas Holding
    • By Thomas Holding 23rd Oct 18, 2:58 PM
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    Bike for a 10 year old boy
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    • 23rd Oct 18, 2:58 PM
    Bike for a 10 year old boy 23rd Oct 18 at 2:58 PM
    Are halfords any good? They don't publish the weight of their bikes which is a bit dubious.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 23rd Oct 18, 5:40 PM
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    Avoid a bike with rear suspension -- it's heavy and inefficient. The only exception is if you're spending over £1000 and the bike will be mostly used for downhill racing.

    Otherwise, think about what type of bike would be most suitable -- a BMX, mountain bike, or road bike...?

    What is the bike going to be used for -- just riding round the local streets, for treks through the forest, for longer rides on the road...?

    What kind of budget do you have?

    I don't know what bikes are on the market, but maybe those questions will help someone find the "right" bike for you...
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 24th Oct 18, 9:52 PM
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    • 24th Oct 18, 9:52 PM
    It's a bit like buying a bike for adults. There are a range of options and prices, depending on usage and budgets.



    There is a market for lighter bikes, proportioned for children, but they are dearer. Islabikes is one example. They sell pretty well secondhand, so you can get some of the money back.



    Frog bikes are another option. Last time I looked they were slightly cheaper than Islabikes.
    • macman
    • By macman 28th Oct 18, 1:43 PM
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    Halfrauds are fine if you don't mind your bike being assembled by a teenage with minimal training-it's amazing how often they put the forks on the wrong way around. Start with your local bike shop, please. Or use a local charity organisation that sells refurbed bikes. You'll get a much more durable and well-assembled machine.
    At all costs avoid the very cheap junk imported at rock-bottom prices.
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    • fewgroats
    • By fewgroats 28th Oct 18, 1:48 PM
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    • 28th Oct 18, 1:48 PM
    Why can't people write things grammatically correct? Unless they really want to exchange their kid for a bike. Even saying "bike suitable for a 10 year old boy" would be better.
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    • MEM62
    • By MEM62 29th Oct 18, 10:06 AM
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    • 29th Oct 18, 10:06 AM
    Why can't people write things grammatically correct? Unless they really want to exchange their kid for a bike. Even saying "bike suitable for a 10 year old boy" would be better.
    Originally posted by fewgroats
    I am not sure. Perhaps for some ours is a second language, in which case grammar is always a challenge or perhaps they did not benefit from our education system as well as others. I could even be as simple as the fact that it is not as important to them as it is to you. Either way, you have posted your question in the wrong place. This is the Public Transport and Cycling Board. You need to find the Grammar Forum where I am sure there will be lots of experts able to answer your question.
    Last edited by MEM62; 29-10-2018 at 10:11 AM.
    • davenport151
    • By davenport151 29th Oct 18, 5:49 PM
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    I second macman.
    I would stick with a local bike shop rather than Halfords. Or a refurbished bike.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 31st Oct 18, 3:10 AM
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    • 31st Oct 18, 3:10 AM
    Why can't people write things grammatically correct?
    Originally posted by fewgroats

    You mean, "Why can't people write things that are grammatically correct?"
    • Thomas Holding
    • By Thomas Holding 31st Oct 18, 10:20 AM
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    Halfrauds are fine if you don't mind your bike being assembled by a teenage with minimal training-it's amazing how often they put the forks on the wrong way around. Start with your local bike shop, please. Or use a local charity organisation that sells refurbed bikes. You'll get a much more durable and well-assembled machine.
    At all costs avoid the very cheap junk imported at rock-bottom prices.
    Originally posted by macman
    Thank you for that, I looked at my local bike shop and it was £310 versus £130 at Halfords. I don't really understand what the difference is, I don't mind paying more I just need to know what I get for the £180 difference. (My wife is not sure that it is worth it).
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 3rd Nov 18, 11:37 AM
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    Thank you for that, I looked at my local bike shop and it was £310 versus £130 at Halfords. I don't really understand what the difference is, I don't mind paying more I just need to know what I get for the £180 difference. (My wife is not sure that it is worth it).
    Originally posted by Thomas Holding
    Post up the brand and model of the bikes and someone will offer a critique of them. Islabikes dominate with the younger members of our cycling club, but they tend to use them a lot and have parents who have become acclimatised to spending a lot on bikes.

    Look at eBay and you'll see islabikes fetch quite a bit more than those Halfords prices once they have been outgrown.

    How often it will be used and what for will also matter. I wouldn't want to spend a lot of money on a bike which will regularly be abandoned at a play park for instance.
    • MX5huggy
    • By MX5huggy 3rd Nov 18, 9:21 PM
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    We need to know what bikes the LBS is selling. They could just be selling the same as Halfords at twice the price, they probably aren’t.

    Your paying for 3 things weight or lack of it, quality and fit. Halfords have a bike on there for £180 that they tell me weighs 17.5kg that’s a little over half my 9 year olds body weight. His islabike weights just over 8kg. For comparison my own bike weighs about 9kg or 10% of my body weight the Halfords bike would be the equivalent of me having a 45kg bike and while I might be able to ride it for a bit it wouldn’t be any fun and I’d give up way before I’d covered 20miles plus.

    I’ve just got him a new one (second hand) it cost me £300 (would be £650 new, it’s the road bike one) I may have paid a little over the odds but I live in the sticks and could not collect, in 6 years time after 2 kids have grown out of it I expect to get£200 or so back on it so £50 per child’s bike, it’s cheap!

    But bike riding is something we do it’s not just a bike to ride to the park and leave out in the garden for weeks on end.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 4th Nov 18, 12:10 PM
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    Of the half-dozen or so bikes I have bought in the last few years, the only one free of any faults was from Halfords. I tend to follow Richard Ballantine's thinking on the LBS - use it or lose it - but all the bikes I have bought from my LBS have had faults which needed rectification, along in some cases with a side-order of attitude.


    Ask around. Your local Halfords could be one of the good ones. The cycling guys/girls in mine are all enthusiasts and very good at what they do.
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    • zaax
    • By zaax 4th Nov 18, 11:08 PM
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    Buy an adult bike as they will soon into the 2nd growing spurt and could be growing an inch a month, and before you know it they will be as tall as you
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    • photome
    • By photome 10th Nov 18, 9:19 AM
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    this any good
    Cube mountain bike for £170 with discount code

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube-kid-200-mountain-bike-2018/rp-prod164786?gs=1&sku=sku609164&pgrid=60711842818&pt aid=pla-458816073274&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campa ign=PLA+All+Products&utm_medium=base&utm_content=m kwid|syhSADezf_dc|pcrid|309840119990|pkw||pmt||prd |609164UK&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxfTgsb_J3gIVyYjVCh2z5g qLEAQYASABEgLmC_D_BwE


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    • CarolynRach
    • By CarolynRach 19th Nov 18, 3:53 PM
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    I'd go for a local bike shop. It means you'll definitely get the right bike (not one that is too heavy or too small/big) and if you have any problems, it's easy to get it fixed.

    Someone mentioned getting an adult bike rather than a kids one. The benefits of this is yes, it might last a bit longer (but it's not a good idea to buy a bike that's too big that your child will "grow into") and it might be better quality. That's because some kids bikes have appealing designs but are actually poorly made, heavy and generally rubbish. However, pick a decent brand (Frog bikes, Giant etc) and you'll find just as good quality as major adult brands.

    Depending on the size of your 10 year old, something like this might be good. It is quite pricey but it'll have a good resale value if your child outgrows it.
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