Chicago's ULTIMATE Cyclist Gift Guide would not be complete without a discussion of children's bikes. Bikes are the quintessential holiday gift. Here's why:
1. For most kids, it is simply THE BEST gift you can give. A bicycle, especially the first bicycle, is different from any other gift. It represents a coming of age, a new independence, a right of passage. Owning a bicycle creates new transportation options, and brings with it a sense of autonomy.
2. This gift will keep on giving. It will not be discarded or forgotten. Your child will use it enjoy it for a long time to come.
3. It is a fancy gift that's worth it's price. Think of a price of a popular doll with a couple outfits, a fancy box of Legos , or a video game system, and you will see that the price of a quality child's bicycle is actually quite reasonable.
ELECTRA Townie 20" ($250). Available in boys' and girls' styles. This amazing "flat foot" bike allows the rider to plant feet firmly on the ground while seated. Great for any kid; unbeatable for kids who have a hard time giving up training wheels.
4. It makes very effective presentation. Imagine this giant package under the tree!... Or rolling it with great fanfare from the garage... wow!
JAMIS Laser 20" bike ($180; also available in 16" size for $155 ).
5. It doesn't need batteries. A couple of strong legs, and a little air and oil once in a while. That's all.
6. Won't scatter small parts all over your house.
7. It's really a gift for your whole family. Now you can enjoy cycling outings together. Or you can walk or jog, while your child cycles along. Click, print and redeem at Rapid Transit Cycleshop.
8. It is the most fun your kid will have without being plugged in.
9. But it's winter! SO? Your child will actually WANT to go outside in the cold. Trust me, I've been there.
10. The expression on your child's face. As they say: priceless.
Oh, and this could be #11: we will store the bike for you until December 24, so you can keep it a surprise.
And now for the coupon:
Click, print and redeem at Rapid Transit Cycleshop.