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Old 11-18-08, 12:53 AM   #1
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How's my position?

My 6-year-old son is wondering how he's looking for a crit or two in 2009. He'll probably go for his 2nd triathlon win as well (he won the bike leg by 2:30).

This is a 16" HotRock MTB with "city" tires. I got the bars at a swap last week (32cm !!). The 8-spd STI are the only levers I had laying around. He's got a 6-spd twist-shifter on the right drop end.

Man, when he tucks going down a hill, he's freaking gone, pedaling at like 140 rpm. Funny stuff. He's as excited as hell. For $20 (including tape).



I better go to bed. He's going to be waking me up in 5 hours
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Old 11-18-08, 01:29 AM   #2
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Flip it.

I'm so funny.
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Old 11-18-08, 06:38 AM   #3
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yeah, we had it flipped w/his MTB bars, but he was uncomfortable with the road bars in that position.
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Old 11-18-08, 07:58 AM   #4
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I'd check the bottom bracket/seat nose relationship. On the 2005-2007 Hotrock's they used a 78 degree seat tube angle which pushes the saddle nose past UCI legal measurements depending on the make. And while this is a position specific thread, you could drop the CDA quite a bit by removing the front reflector. That was the first thing we did in my tunnel session.

Powertap or SRM?

He dresses like a sprinter BTW
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Old 11-18-08, 08:11 AM   #5
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on the reflector.

So far, he's just used a PowerTap vicariously through me. He had me at 450W for a while going up a hill next to him (probably about 140W for him). He's going to sell some Legos to spring for an SRM though.

I think we'll just try to sneak by on the UCI thing. With the baggy shorts, he hides it well:

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Old 11-18-08, 08:14 AM   #6
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What are those things on his feet?
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Several kids on the team BTW, you should see if anyone has a JPB kit that would fit him.
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Old 11-18-08, 08:22 AM   #9
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What are those things on his feet?
Shoe covers for more aeroness, n00b.
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You need to get him in a full kit now, he should fit in whatever size Marco Pantani used.
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Old 11-18-08, 09:20 AM   #12
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I thought for sure you were going to post that awesome photo of you with your arms up again...
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Old 11-18-08, 09:23 AM   #13
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Badass senor rockets, badass.
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Old 11-18-08, 09:51 AM   #14
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I see he subscribes to the "heavy wheel" school of training. Excellent! Raise him up right.
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Make sure the wheel reflectors are opposite the valve stem for better wheel balance.
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Water, how can you leave your kid out in the cold like that? Where's your dignity?

Get the boy some cf on that ride. You could probably cut down a Cervelo if you were careful.
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Note how he favors the front brake too. Crit ready, daddy approved.
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Ideas for the little one... Thank you, WR.
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awesome! my nephew needs a bike like that...
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SuperDad FTW, too cool.. I am sure he wants to be just like you!
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That's the kid that dropped me and gave me 'the look' yesterday! Little ***** didn't wave either!
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I bet that kid is a terror in a game of tag.
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I hope my children do likewise.
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No sunglasses? For shame. You need to teach him safety, glasses always!

That's awesome. If I ever have kids, I hope they like bikes.
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Awesome WR. That is a sweet ride.

I wish my kids liked riding bikes more. They are only 3 and 5, so they have time.
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