Magazine article USA TODAY

Trail Biking with the Best

Magazine article USA TODAY

Trail Biking with the Best

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When we think of the great outdoors, our mind can't help but drift to the American Northwest, which is sort of strange since we've never been anywhere near there. Nevertheless, to us at least, if there is one place to engage in outdoor recreation, that is the spot. So, it follows that, if we were seeking a sturdy and dependable trail bike, we'd be looking for a manufacturer with roots at the epicenter of outdoor activity. So, now you know how we came to choose our daughter's new set of wheels--the Novara Dirt Rider SS 20", available exclusively through Recreational Equipment, Inc., Sumner, Wash., for $139.

This single-speed toughie is designed for rock-hopping fun by the younger set, the 6-to-10-year-old who is just beginning the off-road experience. Its single-speed drive-train means young cyclists will keep their attention focused on the path ahead rather than which gear to use. (Besides, kids' legs are young and strong. Save the fancy multi-speed design for us middle-aged folks who need the help.) Moreover, this Dirt Rider offers a coaster brake and hand brakes, allowing novices to become acquainted with hand brakes in their own time frame. …

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