I think it’s funny that so much thought should go into whether or not a 14yr old deserves a 5k bike. I have to say that:
As a mother my opinion stands firm “If you didn’t earn it then you don’t deserve it”
As a cyclists the responses sound like their based on each person’s desire, as a rider, to have an excellent bike and by denying another that which we desire ourselves seems to be unfair. But let’s face it, a 14 yr old with a 5k bike is an absurdity. If not then answer these questions:
Why does a 14 yr old deserve a 5k bike?
If he/she didn’t have to work, save, endure crappy or mediocre bikes what gain is there from having this excellent machine?