Now, you know we plan ahead for kid expenses, whether it be school fees or summer activities, we are thinking and budgeting in advance. . . (most of the time).
Our daughter sure grew this year, and surprise! her bike is ridiculously small. We tried to drum up a used bike from friends — no luck. Thought about a bike from Target or Amazon, but we’re not real comfortable with assembling a bike with so many gears. That brought us to the local bike shop. Are you seeing dollar signs? Wait, it gets worse!
My husband and I previewed the offerings at the bike shop alone to avoid possible kid disappointment. We thought we could aim for an entry-level TREK 24″ wheel bike. I brought her to the shop and the clerk was about the same height as our daughter. Turns out she is ready for an adult-sized bike, and not even the smallest adult frame! Dollar signs!
While she was testing the bikes out I was, of course, texting Mr. Saver: “Adult bike… $ 400-500, not 300. as we planned! ” The upside is that this bike should work for her for a long time unless she hits 6 ft tall. I advised her that she can buy her next bike because this one should last until she is 35!
We hone in on one model, only to find out the entry-level adult Trek comes in one color: charcoal gray. This is a moment where your parental resolve is tested. Naturally, there is a purple bike, with better components, and it is teetering close to $500. The clerk calls the bike “Grimace” purple.
So, for Mother’s Day, mom bought a $ 500 bike for daughter. Quintessential parenting moment. We have been out biking together every night when the weather cooperates. Her bike is much nicer than mine and I may be a bit jealous of her slick looking Bontrager puncture resistant tires. We paid in full for it… I would never finance a bike even if it were the last Grimace-purple bike in town!