Kids' 20" bike?
I was checking out the bikes at the department stores and they are friggin' 27-30 lbs. That's seems like an awful lot for a 45-55 lb kid. I think I'd prefer to get her something 22 lbs or less, but I don't want to spend over $500 either. I'm willing to spend several hundred though since the bike can be passed down to her little brother when the time comes.
What do you think of these two bikes?
Cannondale Quick 20 - $450
20" x 1.5" tires
Shimano Tourney Revo Twist Shifter, 7-speed
Shimano TY300 7-speed rear derailleur
Sunrace 7-speed 11-28 cassette
110 mm cranks
580 mm handlebar
Weight ~20 lbs
Raleigh Lily 20 - $300
20" x 2.125" tires
Shimano Revo 6-speed
Shimano TY-21 Short Cage 6-speed rear derailleur
6-speed 14-28 cassette
127 mm cranks
560 mm handlebar
Weight ~21 lbs
Any other ideas? I'm not sure what her inseam will be next year, but right now it's just over 19", so both of these bikes are currently too big for her. The Cannondale would probably fit her better next year though, with the 110 mm cranks and the lower inseam.
I did some rough calculations based on the standardized growth chart and it seems she would have just over a 20" inseam at the beginning of next season, so even next season the Cannondale would be just a shade too big.