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16-11-2019, 11:01   #1
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Bike for 10 year old boy

Hi,

Looking to get a bike for Xmas for my 10 year old son.
Halfords have a sale but still about €200.

Anywhere to recommend, either bricks & mortar or online.

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19-11-2019, 22:15   #2
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Hi,

Looking to get a bike for Xmas for my 10 year old son.
Halfords have a sale but still about €200.

Anywhere to recommend, either bricks & mortar or online.

Thanks
Pa
What type of bike are you looking for, and what kind of budget have you in mind?
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19-11-2019, 22:21   #3
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Go aluminium frame. I got my eldest (8) a Scott mountain bike, super light with a great lowered crossbar design. Big wheels, easy to handle, light, manoeuvrable, good brakes, enough gears without being silly.

He insisted on front suspension (Santa present, couldn't let him down) that's never ever ever activated cause he's too light so it's just added weight.

Here's the rigid version. He uses it for school & sports commuting on the road with me, so we were prepared to pay good money for longevity and quality.

https://www.scott-sports.com/global/...icle=274943222
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What type of bike are you looking for, and what kind of budget have you in mind?
mountain bike, budget- would pay €200 but if no need to would go lower.

Something like this looks fine

He doesn't use his current bike that much, the odd time going up & down road outside our house (longish road but cul de sac, not on main road).
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Please don't get your son that bike.
It will put him and you off biking for life.
The forks are purely for ornament, they add nothing to the bike except weight.
They will also deaden the steering and do nothing for the handling.
The bike in, all likelihood, will be in a box and will require assembly. If it is assembled, it almost certainly will not have been done properly. A neighbour's child got a Smyth's bike a couple of years ago, the suspension forks were installed backwards.
The brakes will be difficult, if not impossible to adjust and will not work.
The hub bearings will be as rough as a badger's asshole.
The wheels will develop side play.
Smyths is a toy shop, not a bike shop.
They don't have any after sales service, they don't employ bike mechanics.
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20-11-2019, 14:03   #6
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Hi,

Looking to get a bike for Xmas for my 10 year old son.
Halfords have a sale but still about €200.

Anywhere to recommend, either bricks & mortar or online.

Thanks
Pa
Buy a bike that he will be able to handle himself when he falls down. It means a light bike, with aluminium frame. Don't be fulled by the stupid suspension forks - they not only add weight, but also absorb energy while riding. A 10-YO won't do off-road racing that would justify any suspension anyway...

My 5-YO got a Frog 52 a few years ago - and loved every minute of it.

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I bought my son who was 10 at the time this one https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod187351
He loves it, not 1 issue with it in the 18 months he has it. it's light and sturdy enough to take what he can throw at it. He wants a race frame now but he will have to wait until next summer.
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I've lost count the number of times friends and family have come to me for advice on good bikes for their kids, I've advised them to not buy sh1t bikes, they've agreed, I've recommended a range of good bikes, they've then gone and bought a sh1t bike anyway, and the next time I'm around I've to stand and admire the sh1t bike and pretend to agree with them as they tell how in fact good the in reality sh1t bike is.

No more says I. No, nay, never, no more.
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My 5-YO got a Frog 52 a few years ago - and loved every minute of it.
+1 on Frog bikes, but probably a bit over budget. For kids bikes, less is more. No suspension, no gears or rear mech only for slightly older kids, light as possible. Not sure what's available in the €200 range though. When my youngest was that age we bought a second hand bike, did it up together as a project and she loved it as a result. Really great thing to do with your kid if you enjoy that kind of thing.
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This looks like very good value to me. It's a bit above your budget, however it's 100 euro cheaper than the one recommended by Dinging.

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod187355

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Always best to visit the smaller independently (or larger ones in dublin) and ask their opinion.
Tell them exactly what kind of biking he'll be doing. In all honestly a hybrid would prob be best for a 10 year old out gallivanting and exploring.



Avoid halfords and big chain shops/toy shops imo.
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Always best to visit the smaller independently (or larger ones in dublin) and ask their opinion.
Tell them exactly what kind of biking he'll be doing. In all honestly a hybrid would prob be best for a 10 year old out gallivanting and exploring.



Avoid halfords and big chain shops/toy shops imo.
Cycle superstore have a second hand section and often have great kids bikes. That they will have serviced too.
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This is the one im getting my lad for xmas. he is 8 but big for his age. Im buying it in a local shop for €250.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ammaco-Blac.../dp/B01AFUB9K4
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This is the one im getting my lad for xmas. he is 8 but big for his age. Im buying it in a local shop for €250.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ammaco-Blac.../dp/B01AFUB9K4
Don't... Please don't... You're thinking about full suspension bike, while at this price range even the front shock absorber doesn't make any sense!
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Don't... Please don't....
for what reason? This is the one he chose himself
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