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2015 Rides – What Are YOU Riding This Year?

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  • #802482

    micah356
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    Finished my Honzo today, check it out in the Hardtails thread.

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    #802485

    bkreinhart
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    So many cool rides in here. I’m excited to say I’m going to have another one to add.. just waiting to get it back from paint (@hungqlam) Pumped!

    #802625

    fietser
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    Well, fiester Jr. has outgrown his Run bike (which was also being frequently borrowed by his sister) so we figured it was time to pony up for a new ride. Training wheels may go back on to save my back – and his knees, elbows, chin…

    Huge thanks to @cyclesolutions on Parliament for the hook up, you guys are great – sorry about using the store as a test track. My daughter also loves the strawberry basket on her new to her Run Bike – colour matches perfectly!

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    #802627

    jcitizen
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    Well, fiester Jr. has outgrown his Run bike (which was also being frequently borrowed by his sister) so we figured it was time to pony up for a new ride. Training wheels may go back on to save my back – and his knees, elbows, chin…

    Huge thanks to @cyclesolutions on Parliament for the hook up, you guys are great – sorry about using the store as a test track. My daughter also loves the strawberry basket on her new to her Run Bike – colour matches perfectly!

    We just grabbed a run bike for Hannah from CS on Saturday. She doesn’t get it, haha

    #802628

    Cracker
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    @fietser, you might want to knock the pedals off the new big bike for Jr, run it like a run bike and then put them back on when he’s ready.

    Did that with my daughter and it worked pretty good, she was pedalling pretty quickly after getting comfortable balancing on the bigger bike. This was recommended by the folks at Joyride.

    Spent some time yesterday painting big sister’s old bike red for middle brother. Also took big sister for her first decent distance yesterday in the Humber and then for ice cream in Bloor West Village.

    To get back on topic, will post pics of the kids fleet of bikes soon.

    #802629

    fietser
    Participant

    @cracker great tip! Thanks. Consider it done after work today.

    #802911

    bkreinhart
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    @fietser, you might want to knock the pedals off the new big bike for Jr, run it like a run bike and then put them back on when he’s ready.

    A tip that will help immensely.

    Another thing that I found helped when teaching little ones to ride without training wheels is for when you do put the pedals back on. Each kid’s eyes are naturally going point straight down to find the pedals which makes starting difficult. I used to use big soft punching bag type things and encourage them to ride into it from a short distance. Most kids found this very satisfying and made for a laugh. This way, they never take their eyes off of the bag (heads up, eyes up) and the natural balance that they’d learned without pedals comes into play.

    Have anything they can aim at? Even another sibling? Dog? 😉

    Eventually I got them to chase me around which worked just as well until a few fast kids ran me down lol.

    Back on topic, I’m working on getting a photo of my work in progress road rig to add here. Took her out for ~70-80k on the weekend.

    #802912

    hungqlam
    Participant

    And here’s my commuter that accompanied @bkreinhart on said 70k ride. Running a temp. rear wheel because I couldn’t find the new freewheel I bought for mine… So I stole the girlfriend’s wheel haha.

    #802919

    Whynot
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    @fietser, you might want to knock the pedals off the new big bike for Jr, run it like a run bike and then put them back on when he’s ready.

    A tip that will help immensely.

    Another thing that I found helped when teaching little ones to ride without training wheels is for when you do put the pedals back on. Each kid’s eyes are naturally going point straight down to find the pedals which makes starting difficult. I used to use big soft punching bag type things and encourage them to ride into it from a short distance. Most kids found this very satisfying and made for a laugh. This way, they never take their eyes off of the bag (heads up, eyes up) and the natural balance that they’d learned without pedals comes into play.

    Have anything they can aim at? Even another sibling? Dog? ;)

    Eventually I got them to chase me around which worked just as well until a few fast kids ran me down lol.

    Back on topic, I’m working on getting a photo of my work in progress road rig to add here. Took her out for ~70-80k on the weekend.

    As my daughter transitioned from her run bike to pedals I rode with her towing the trail-a-bike which got her used to heads up riding with pedals. A week or so on the bigger bike without pedals and when the pedals went back on she just rode away and hasn’t looked back.

    I also suggest cousins or friends around their age that can ride… the best motivation is wanting to be part of the group.

    #802922

    bkreinhart
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    As my daughter transitioned from her run bike to pedals I rode with her towing the trail-a-bike which got her used to heads up riding with pedals. A week or so on the bigger bike without pedals and when the pedals went back on she just rode away and hasn’t looked back.

    I also suggest cousins or friends around their age that can ride… the best motivation is wanting to be part of the group.

    Interesting idea @whynot. They would get the idea of pedaling and leaning one way or another to keep balance. Did you find there were issues with them paying attention to what’s actually going on? Reason I ask is I frequently see kids on a trail-a-bike sitting on their bikes, holding on and gawking around like they’re riding in a car.

    Wanting to be part of the group makes sense, but I find a lot of times parents try and use that as motivation but actually end up depressing/frustrating their kids if they haven’t taken appropriate learning steps ahead of time. “If you don’t learn to ride without training wheels you can’t go biking with __________”. If they really want to do it but just can’t for whatever reason, they tend to get upset and give up. On the other side of the coin, it can work quite nicely if the foundational skills are there already.

    From my experiences, best to be sure to teach the basics first with fun games between just you and them. Get it figured out and then the reward of being able to ride with the others comes later and is discovered by them rather than used as a carrot on a stick by parents.

    Of course, every kid and every parent is different– simply what has worked for me when I taught bike camps.

    #802928

    Whynot
    Participant

    @bkreinhart – Definitely have to make sure the kid is engaged in cycling and paying attention to get the benefit of the trail-a-bike. I tried a season too soon (4yo) and had much better interest the second year that I tried this method.

    And re: using peer pressure, you’re 100% correct. I didn’t use it as an overt “carrot”, she actually chose this as her motivation and it worked great. She’s the one of the youngest of all the cousins and has always pushed herself to keep up with them. We’d covered the run bike and trail-a-bike by that time so I knew that she had the fundamentals to ride. Otherwise it could have been a disaster!

    Then there is my younger daughter who looks at a bike like a shiny thing to hang other shiny pretty things on… oh well, 1/2 have caught the bug!

    #803500

    jcitizen
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    Picked up my new wheels from Solutions via Matty that I’ll be riding on, one day. The hubs feel precise and substantial, without weighing a tonne. Mixed feelings about having rear hub buzz again, but I’ll take it if it means I have a rear hub that’ll do me right for years. Surprisingly an extra 2mm of internal rim width is visually noticeable, too. Now I just need a damn bike frame…


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    aragon
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    Always a nice day when you get a new set of King-based wheels… on Mother’s Day, no less. You done well, @jcitizen…!

    #803523

    jcitizen
    Participant

    I’m a lucky mother, what can I say.

    They’ve been around a while, just haven’t picked them up. Only so much time I wanna spend staring at them before they’re on my bike.

    #803579

    bkreinhart
    Participant

    Then there is my younger daughter who looks at a bike like a shiny thing to hang other shiny pretty things on… oh well, 1/2 have caught the bug!

    Haha, got it 1/2 right! 😉

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