Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Minnesota and Southern California
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac (carbon), Specialized Roubaix (carbon, wifey), Raleigh Super Course (my favorite), and 2 Centurion project bikes.
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We had a friend in grade school. He had an illness. I'm not sure what they call it now, but back then he was called a "spastic;" right hand always curled up, walked with a severe limp.
Of all of us in that small Minnesota village, he was the only 12-year-old who could not ride a bike. And his parents prohibited it, thinking he'd fall and hurt himself.
So for 6 weeks, my brother and I would meet him at the football field, far away from his parents' eyes. We put him on our big Schwinn American and simply gave him a good push. Time and again he'd fall. Sometimes we'd catch him before he hit the ground. Not always. But he'd always get up and try again.
We could have given up. So could he. But one day . . . one day . . . we saw him physically correct the steering and keep the bike upright for an additional 10 yards. Then 20. Soon he was riding the length of the football field. Within a month, he was riding with the rest of our group on some borrowed bike or another. His parents were ecstatic when they learned what he'd accomplished, and bought him a new bike. They bought us one, too. Ecstasy all around :-)
Not that the above has anything to do with anything. It's just a story. But good luck with yours. Duane Behrens