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    • CommentAuthorDboren
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2014
     
    Hi,
    My daughter currently has a 20" Electra Hawaii cruiser that she has outgrown. We would like to get her a bike with gears, though not necessarily a road bike. A mountain bike, likely 24" wheels, is what we are looking for.

    Please let me know if you have a bike to sell that fits this request.

    Thank you!
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2014 edited
     
    Dboren,

    I've gone through the progression of bikes for my kids, many bought and sold on Craigslist (or handed down). For a 24" bike with gears, we had a Trek MT 220--the Toyota Camry of kid's bikes. There are usually a few for sale on Craigslist, for example:

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4354911737.html

    You can get equivalent bikes from Specialized, Diamondback, etc. Recent models will have a suspension fork (coil spring/elastomer likely) and are typically 3x7 with gripshift-type shifters. If your daughter likes to ride out of the saddle a lot and won't do much on dirt, you could look for an older model (probably turn of the century or older) with a rigid fork.

    As the kids pushed close to 5 ft tall, I got them on small-frame (13-14.5" seat tube) mountain bikes with 26" wheels. Again, Craigslist is your friend. For my son, I found a nice women's Specialized Rockhopper, but the periwinkle color didn't fit with his macho ethos. Rather than paint the bike, I picked up a nice house-brand frame for $100 at Performance (Access brand) in flat black color, and transferred the parts over, and sold the Specialized frame. For my daughter, I found a small Schwinn Moab, got it powder-coated in a color she liked (at RW Little), then fitted a rigid Surly fork when I rebuilt it, since she's out of the saddle all of the time like a BMX rider.

    I recently picked up a 14.5" 2006 Giant Anthem 2 full suspension bike that I'm slowly getting up to spec--it will soon be ready for one of these kids to ride...if I can get them away from their computer screens.

    John

    Edit: Here's a Diamondback equivalent of the MT220:

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4356957751.html

    And a Gary Fisher (which is Trek also):

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/4361330974.html