Joesummer – same thing here. My 12 year old son is riding in Ragbrai this year for the first time, and we had a difficult time finding a youth road bike…almost everything for kids is MTB, even though very few kids actually ride that way. We finally settled in on a small female bike and it fits him perfectly. There are plenty out there, new and used, that don’t use the stereotypical female color schemes (pinks, pastels, etc.). His is a dark blue Specialized, and there is nothing that would identify it as a female bike. Good luck, and hope to see you out there!