My lovely step-daughter has got into road biking over the last year. One of her close buddies is into cycling and she has lent her a fully carbon bike. My step-daughter has asked for a light-weight bike for Christmas and as she’s shown enthusiasm for the sport I wondered if we should go all out and get her a carbon bike?
She has entered quite a few races this year so I feel that a carbon bike certainly wouldn’t go to waste and she is going on a biking holiday with her friend and her family next year. My husband thinks spending upwards of 1k on her for one present is too much and whilst it is a lot of money she has shown determination and love for her sport so it’s not a flash in the pan. She said that aluminium bikes are heavy and slow her down.
I’d never over rule my husband but wondered if there are any cyclists willing to opine?
She’s 16 so unlikely to grow very much more now I don’t suppose. I have to admit I hadn’t even thought about second hand - I have been browsing and there are some deals to be had for almost new bikes. Thanks for your help, I’ve just got to decide which one!
Thanks Doodle I will check that out. I may have found one on gumtree which looks like great value and has all of the mod cons. Her grandmother is going to buy her a Garmin (GPS I think) and we will buy her some accessories.
Awww it sounds like she has a great hobby and is working really hard. I bet she’ll be made up with a decent bike and it sounds like 2nd hand is the way to go. It’s got to be better than hanging round the streets like lots of teenagers, hey?