questionsmy 10 year old son wants a road bike. any…

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Take him to your local bike shop and get him fitted. Then you can see what fits him right now. I'm quite happy with Trek, American made and the Trek dealers all seem to have a great trade in program so if he keeps it out of the rain you should be able to get a good deal when it's time to upgrade or go to the next size frame.

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You can't go wrong with any LBS (Local Bike Shop) bike. You will pay more than what you can get at Target or any other non-specialty store. What you will get in return is a professionally built bike, the knowledgable help on selecting the correct size.

5 brands that I have owned and recommend: Trek, Cannondale, Giant, Orba, and Specialized.

Lastly, if your son is that serious about road biking, the LBS will be able to help him out with like minded individuals.

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I would first check the local craigslist or classifieds. You may be able to find a great deal that someone out grew. Personally I would hesitate buying something new as he will likely outgrow it in the next couple year as road bikes are pretty size specific.

If nothing is available used and you are convinced that your son is committed to riding regularly then I agree with the others, a LBS is your best option. The prices are a little higher, however now is a good time to get a great deal on one of last year's models. I love my Trek and my wife loves her Specialized.

Walmart and Target have much cheaper bikes however they are poorly assembled, use inferior components, and are much heavier; definitely not a good introduction to road biking.

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"if your son is that serious about road biking"
I just want everyone to re-read that and try to put in perspective the fact that this is a 10-year-old child who "wants something".

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@havocsback: My thoughts exactly.

Find a Huffy at a garage sale, call it a "road bike" and tada! everyone is happy.

IMHO, I cannot justify spending a couple hundred dollars on a specialty road bike for a 10 year old, sorry.

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A few years back, a kid wanted a road bike and his parents couldn't afford it. The LBS owner made a deal with them, if he came in and helped out around the shop for 1 month to show his commitment, he would get the bike and continue to work in the shop for the summer to pay for it. He's 14 now, still works at the shop, leads some group rides, does minor fixes, and is really knowledgable on both road bikes and MTBs.

I agree with other posters about a kid and a bike. Communicate your concerns. A good LBS will direct you to something more appropriate if you fell it is necessary. That being said, chain-bike stores are hit and miss on whether it's all about making the sale.