How much does your kid weigh? My 8 year-old is barely over 50 pounds when he is wet. 20” bikes from the big box stores, while bright and colorful, were tipping the scales at 35 to 40 pounds! Converting this to the adult scales would equate to me riding a 150 lb bicycle – not something that I would be willing or capable of doing. Prevelo’s Alpha Four comes in at feather-light 21 pounds – my kid can pick it up and even hang it on the rack on his own. The bike arrived within a week of placing the order – a bit faster than I expected it since we do live in Texas (long way from California) and it was shipped via ground parcel service. The packaging was sturdy and protected the precious cargo well. The bike came mostly assembled – all we had to do was install the pedals, handlebar, and the front wheel. All the tools for the assembly came in the box and the instructions were clear. During the first ride alongside my son I realized that I was in trouble! I could barely keep up with him on my 24” road bike! From that point on I actually have to push myself on our bike rides – he is fast! The two-lever shift mechanism is easy to learn, the break levers are proper size for his small hands, and the spacing between the saddle and the handle bar fits him just right. The bike is very well built. The shift and brake cables are hidden inside the frame and the frame tubing is welded using full-penetration welds. Silver paint is not as colorful as on other kid's bikes, but it gives it an "adult" feel which also appeals to my son. This bicycle should last my son a few years and will be passed on to his younger brother when the time comes. However, I am not sure that my youngest one will want to wait that long – he has been requesting a Prevelo bike of his own for some time now.