|Giant TCR Espoir 24 bicycle|
But for you "serious" riders, you find yourself having to choose. Go out on my own for a fast "real" ride, or bring the kids along and resign yourself to enjoying the scenery without breaking a sweat.
Now, you don't have to choose. If your young Johnny or Janie Cyclist is ready to take the step up to the next level of riding, but isn't quite ready for a full-size adult bike, check out this new option from Giant Bicycles.
The Giant TCR Espoir 24 is a kid-sized bike built like a "real" road bike. It features the same Giant ALUXX aluminum frame as mom and dad's bikes, with Giant's OverDrive tapered fork for responsiveness and control.
Add in a Shimano 2x8 drive train, with 48/34 chainrings on the compact crankset, Shimano Claris integrated brake/shift levers, Shimano Claris derailers, and a Shimano 11-30 cassette for plenty of gear range to crank up any hills. The brake levers have adjustable reach to accommodate smaller hands. The 24-inch diameter wheels roll on 1-inch wide Kenda Koncept tires with a smooth road tread.
The whole thing weighs in at just 20 pounds 3 ounces, which includes the pedals with toe clips and straps.
At $699.99, the Giant TCR Espoir 24 lets your young cyclist go just as fast as you, or dare we say faster?