Saturday, March 1, 2014
Buying a bike for a Tween
My daugher is growing up (*sniff*) and needed a new bike.
She's tough to buy for - 11 years old, 4 foot 10 inches, she's as small as the smallest adult women, but just. I didn't want to get another 24-inch bike that she'd outgrow, so set out thinking about a 26'er.
I introduced her to the trails last year and she loved it... so I needed something that could go off-road. Also her last bike was a pretty sweet Gary Fisher, I set the bar a bit too high!
Instead I ended up with the XS sized Giant Rove:
It's a hybrid, but leans heavily toward the mountain bike end. It can definitely do trail duty, as long it's not too knarly/sandy. Tires are 700s (29'ers) and a bit narrow - I can always throw something grippier on there if she ends up getting into that (plenty of clearance).
Pretty good value at $399 (bike show price). I also looked at a boys 26'er for her, but it wasn't to her taste, so... here we are!
To the trails!