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My Grandsonís New Bike

Old 07-30-20, 04:38 AM
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My Grandsonís New Bike

He turns 4 today. He’s really into two things right now. Dinosaurs and bugs. He has a large number of dinosaur figures and can tell you the names of all of them. I’ve learned a lot about dinosaurs helping him look up information on the internet. There are some great resources that provide you with all kinds of information.

My daughter got him a “dinosaur” bike. The horn makes lots of different dinosaur noises. Just happy it’s a bike and it arrived In time for his big day. Not sure when we’ll be racing each other but probably sooner than later!


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My little guys are 5 and 3. Henry has a bicycle, and Erik has a tricycle, but they also like to make their dad do all the work by pulling them in the Burley trailer. Here Henry is showing Erik how to pump up the tires on my old Peugeot PKN-10, which I gave to my son because it fits him well.

I get the dinosaur thing. These guys like the same things their dad did at that age: dinosaurs, volcanoes, and space.
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Old 07-30-20, 02:00 PM
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Definitely a cool bike. I used to run alongside our first grandson when he rode a similar bike...he is now twenty-two.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
My little guys are 5 and 3. Henry has a bicycle, and Erik has a tricycle, but they also like to make their dad do all the work by pulling them in the Burley trailer. Here Henry is showing Erik how to pump up the tires on my old Peugeot PKN-10, which I gave to my son because it fits him well.

I get the dinosaur thing. These guys like the same things their dad did at that age: dinosaurs, volcanoes, and space.
Henry should show his dad how to wrap handle bars.
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Old 07-30-20, 03:24 PM
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Got my granddaughter a strider bike last Fall. She just turned 3 and is almost ready for a bike with pedals.



Found this while returning home from a ride... it's almost brand new.

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Arrived today for 17 month old

Banana bike.


With seat at lowest, wearing these thick pink shoes, she can straddle th saddle & reach the bars.

A headset with real bearings. Lightweight. The dog approves.
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Banana bike.


With seat at lowest, wearing these thick pink shoes, she can straddle th saddle & reach the bars.

A headset with real bearings. Lightweight. The dog approves.
Dog seems skeptical to me. Ears are pulled back. Maybe he's questioning if the tire pressure is too high for the carpeted conditions.
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Dog knows he can outrun these 2 wheels.
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My Grandsonís New Bike

At 15 it was time to get him seriously interested in road biking. I found a Venge frame on e-Bay and built it with previously crashed bike components. He now rides with my son and me on group rides. He gets a push on hills to keep him there. Considering what cycling can do for health and I hope longevity it may be one of the best gifts you can give to your family.
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At 15 it was time to get him seriously interested in road biking.
Well.... my son's first bike


He got into triathlons at 15 and after working at the LBS he saved enough for a P2 at 17.


Now he's 30 and rides a Madone 6.2, a Gary Fisher CX bike and has a few others along with the P2.
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Well.... my son's first bike


He got into triathlons at 15 and after working at the LBS he saved enough for a P2 at 17.


Now he's 30 and rides a Madone 6.2, a Gary Fisher CX bike and has a few others along with the P2.

I had a Cervelo P2 with the same HED wheels. It was a great ride but I wasnít using it since we no longer have time trials so I sold it this spring to a Triathlon guy. Your son looks like a pretty fit cyclist!
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Your son looks like a pretty fit cyclist!
He's a BEAST.

30 years old with 2 kids so he no longer competes. I went out with him last week for a 40 mile ride... 4200' of climbing. I live on Long Island and here I maybe do 1600' in 40 miles. He's only ridden a dozen times this year and he dragged me up all those hills.

It's good to be young

My daughter is a "spinner" and here's a family shot from Cycle for Survival 2020. We were the last ride before Covid shut it down.
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Food for thought.....

I see little kids of your grandson's age riding along as their parents go for a walk. Of course on the streets with motor vehicles as are neighborhood streets, the walker is supposed to oppose traffic and be on the left side.

As I see these kids riding their bikes on the wrong side of the road when their parents are out walking, I wonder if that is something that might set them up for riding on the wrong side of the road when the leash is cut loose.

I don't know what the answer is. Certainly you don't want to have the parents walk on the left and the child cycle on the right as is correct. then the parents will be too far away in dangerous times. And having the parents walk on the right then sets the kid up to walk on the wrong side when cut loose too.

So whatever ...... make sure your grand kids will know which side of the road is the correct side to ride on when the time comes for them to ride free from adult supervision.

Pre-teen, teens and young adults riding on the wrong side of the road used to account for a large number of the incidents with motor vehicles.

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