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Ask Mountain Bike Action: How can I keep up with my growing kid?

November 22, 2013
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Q: My 10-year-old son is just less than 5 feet tall and growing quickly. His Trek 24-inch-wheeled bike is looking a little small lately. Should I look to get him a small 26er, or wait it out until he can manage a 29er? I wonder because he has long arms and legs and 29ers rule our PA terrain.

Steve, who may be jumping the gun

While 29ers may be the ideal weapon in your local riding area, we wouldn’t be so quick to get your son riding one. The best way to keep him interested in riding is to keep him on bikes that fit him and that he can throw around the trail with relative ease. Sure, he may be able to fit on an extra-small 29er soon, but the large wheels will most likely be a lot for him to handle. Have him try riding a 26-inch and a 29-inch bike from your local bike shop to see how he handles them. There’s a good chance the right answer will become much clearer after you’ve seen him ride both bikes. 



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