Getting young kids into road bike racing is a worthwhile endeavor, in my opinion. In my recent interview with Dean Alleger, he talked about a lack of support in the United States for youth racing – “there’s no pipeline” as he put it. Most of the time kids get BMX bikes for boys, and banana seats and streamers for girls. Because of this lack of demand, it can be difficult to find actual road bike equipment for kids.
For my own children I went with the Fuji Ace bikes. Available with 20 inch, 24 inch or 650c wheels, they offer a reasonably usable frame and road-bike position that is great for kids. And at about $350 it is a reasonable investment for kids serious about road bike racing (or parents serious about their kids road bike racing) without sinking the bank on a bike they will outgrow within a season or two.