I'm still very impressed with ByK, and I do see a lot out there. It's great that he's found his market, and that people are realising paying a bit more for something that is a little lighter, and a better geo, is a good thing.
(Yes, that third one is the ultra-rare ByK E450 CX SS
Thing1 is rapidly growing - I'm running out of seatpost, and... for many of our regular rides, if she had some gearing, she'd probably be able to do it all solo. So, the replacements I'm currently looking at are...ByK E-450+7
This is the next size up from her current E-350, however with a rear derailleur (new model this yr). However, this forces us into using handbrakes only, and for long descents, I prefer a coaster brake. (Besides, she has to have the opportunity of wearing out a back tyre and getting growled at by her dad, doesn't she?) There's also the higher potential of damage to the RD with it being a kid's bike - not something I'm overly concerned with with Thing1 - Thing2 on the other hand http://www.bykbikes.com/kids-bike-range ... -bike.htmlByK E-450
This is the (orig) SS version. They appear to have a version of this coming next year with guards and a basket
. But, that'd mean, staying SS... or I could get a Velocity 2nd and a SRAM i-motion 3 hub and get that built in. (Yes, this is something I've contemplated... I've suggested similar to Mr ByK for a few yrs too) http://www.bykbikes.com/kids-bike-range ... -bike.htmlGiant Areva 150 Street Girls
(unfortunate name, that one).
Pretty much what I'm looking for. Not overly heavy (altho, not quite as light as the ByK). Hub gearing (which she can operate easily - we checked). Coaster brake. Right size. Even has braze-ons on seat stays, so a rack would be forthcoming.http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/bik ... 426/44350/
After my initial comments (boy's version mentioned in posts above), I'd hoped to see one at AusBike. Instead, LBS yesterday. She could've ridden it home that day (saddle could still go lower - the rear reflector was preventing it). And, as much as I do like supporting local product, they don't have a hub geared model and the prospect of doing it myself isn't something I really want to enter into (but would have, if it came to it). Salesbloke said likely to sell out prior to Christmas (backed up by one of our forum faves) so, I may be getting her this sooner rather than later.
Here is the boy's version in the flesh.
Any others? Even though this is now into the 20" market, so there's SO many more options than smaller bikes, I haven't really come across many that aren't really heavy, and/or just BSOs. Prefer solid forks and hub gearing (if that wasn't obvious)