Or blue for that matter? I first experienced this problem when I was pregnant and didn’t know the sex of my baby. I went shopping for the baby’s room and everything was either specifically for a girl or boy. But now I have run into the problem again. For Zoe’s 4th Birthday we decided to get her a new bike. I just wanted to get her a simple 16” bike with a bell. I looked at Toys R Us, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The only bikes they had were either Dora the Explorer of Barbie, neither of which she is into at the moment. I searched online and couldn’t find a girls bike that didn’t have a cartoon character on it. So then I started to look at the boys bikes and had the same problem. Everything was a character. I found a Radio Flyer bike that was generic, but it was retro looking and I just wanted a simple, cute bike.
I then did some research on bike stores and headed to Bike Source at Park Road and found several adorable girls bikes in pink, green, blue and un-themed, yeah! The only problem is how expensive they were. These bikes were premium, well made bicycles and it was more than I was willing to invest in for a four year old who would be pretty rough on any bike. Finally, I checked on line and found a Huffy 16” bike at Wal-Mart. Of course it came in Dora and Barbie, but it also came in blue and white with the word “Seastar” written on the side. I read reviews and it got mostly 4 stars and since it was Huffy, I thought I would be just fine. The best part, it was only $39.00. Ironically, I spent another $30 at the bike store buying a basket, bell and fringes to hang from the handle bars.
I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at how commercial everything is now for kids. Nothing is generic or simple. Everything has to be tied to the latest character or trend or it is completely retro. There doesn’t seem to be much that is in between. Oh well, at lease I found a bike that Zoe and I both love.
Has anyone else run into this problem?