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Old 02-12-14, 04:39 PM   #4901
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They were on the upper west side, where I grew up. There's an area near The Dakota (the building where they lived) in Central Park called Strawberry Fields. I think Yoko had it named for him. He was killed in front of his building.
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They were on the upper west side, where I grew up. There's an area near The Dakota (the building where they lived) in Central Park called Strawberry Fields. I think Yoko had it named for him. He was killed in front of his building.
If I'm not mistaken, before the Dakota they lived on Bank Street.
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If I'm not mistaken, before the Dakota they lived on Bank Street.
Ah, I see. Makes sense, given the times.
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Keeping with the winter theme - waiting for the Skokie "Swift" to pass....

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I've taught lots of people to ride, from age 5 through 40-something. (Age 14 is the hardest.)

Running alongside is futile and worse. You can't keep up if she's going fast enough to balance. Tell her to go, and watch. Don't let her think you can save her if she falls.

Sometimes I teach "practice falling" on the grass. Stand up without a bike, and fall down deliberately. This can help to shake the fear of falling.

Raising the training wheels doesn't help at all. Steering and balancing and leaning go together, and training wheels prevent leaning.

Elbow and knee pads are there more to make her feel safe than to prevent injuries, though they don't hurt, unless they impede motion. If she's scared, you could give her pads. If she's gung ho, encourage her to charge forth first and worry about injuries later.

Start with a slight slope to help her get some speed. Maybe there's a street or parking lot or grassy area with a slope. Go downhill.

The basic technique: Lower the saddle so she can put two feet on the ground flat. Remove the pedals. Hobby-horse along, pushing forward with feet on the ground. Pedaling comes later, after the balancing and turning is good. Demonstrate this for her, riding her bike or yours. Yes, her bike is tiny, but I can do it. Maybe you can, too. Ride in a zigzag pattern to show her the turning and leaning thing. Scream with glee to show her the attitude.
For what is worth, my youngest, 3 at that time, was determined to learn to ride without training wheels but was really struggling. After several failed attempts I got the idea to remover her pedals. She sat on the seat with her feet flat on the ground and facing downhill. I had her lift her feet just enough that she could roll forward. If she leaned to one side or started going to fast she could put her feet down. About two hours later we riding together without training wheels.
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For what is worth, my youngest, 3 at that time, was determined to learn to ride without training wheels but was really struggling. After several failed attempts I got the idea to remover her pedals. She sat on the seat with her feet flat on the ground and facing downhill. I had her lift her feet just enough that she could roll forward. If she leaned to one side or started going to fast she could put her feet down. About two hours later we riding together without training wheels.

that's encouraging, I will definitely have to spend saturday or sunday afternoon trying the DIY balance bike thing with her. My daughter is a bit confused at the kick back brakes too but i think that shouldn't be a problem.


here's a pic from last year, it was just a crappy random picture; but i did a little editing and I kind of like it now.

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Just finished building this. I think it's ride ready. I'll make some changes to make it race ready. I'll be trying track racing for the first time this spring.

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Just finished building this. I think it's ride ready. I'll make some changes to make it race ready. I'll be trying track racing for the first time this spring.
awesome build!! fixed, right? dig it, sir. can i ask what frameset it is? i hear good things about that sugino crank.
where are you gonna race? didn't know there's a track in the city? other than those crazy red hook criterium races.
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that's encouraging, I will definitely have to spend saturday or sunday afternoon trying the DIY balance bike thing with her. My daughter is a bit confused at the kick back brakes too but i think that shouldn't be a problem.


here's a pic from last year, it was just a crappy random picture; but i did a little editing and I kind of like it now.

I think that is an awesome picture. I once thought there was no greater joy than cycling, now I believe children are the greatest joy. For me, combining the two are the gems I see myself coveting and missing when all I can do is sit in a rocker. She looks precious.
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Just finished building this. I think it's ride ready. I'll make some changes to make it race ready. I'll be trying track racing for the first time this spring.

Very nice, I have recently been thinking I need to replace my single speed. In my mind I envisioned something similar to this.
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The guy who sold me the frame set told me it's a Leader frame and a Leader fork. I don't necessarily believe him, but whatever. He said the color on the fork is the closest match he could get. Doofus.

Yes, it's fixed, as I plan to race it. I have a thread on it in the track racing section.

There is a track in NYC (Queens) called Kissena. There's also Trexlertown, about a 90 minute drive from here. Having two this close is nice.
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I think that is an awesome picture. I once thought there was no greater joy than cycling, now I believe children are the greatest joy. For me, combining the two are the gems I see myself coveting and missing when all I can do is sit in a rocker. She looks precious.
Agreed, that is an awesome photo!

I'm right there with you on the joys of cycling but nothing comes close to the happiness I have when I'm able to share the trails with pee-wee.
(Here is a shot after her first dirt ride on 26" wheels, a 1995 Barracuda)





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Agreed, that is an awesome photo!

I'm right there with you on the joys of cycling but nothing comes close to the happiness I have when I'm able to share the trails with pee-wee.
(Here is a shot after her first dirt ride on 26" wheels, a 1995 Barracuda)



That too is an awesome photo. Those are golden moments.
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That too is an awesome photo. Those are golden moments.
Thanks bici_mania, those are golden moments and I've been blessed having had plenty of them with my little angel. I was just reflecting back the other day with a neighbor who was returning from a maiden voyage with his two little boys in a Burley pull trailer. My daughter went from a infant stoller to a running stroller, from there it was a Burley, next was a tiny bike with training wheels, on to a 20" Schwinn Pixie with and then without training wheels, during that time she and I tried out a Tag-A-Long so she could experience some speed (she loved it), soon after she was riding my Parkpre Team BMX bike, and finally now she is on her Barracuda.

Her whole life has been heavily bike influenced. I've gotten started on a 700c road bike with brifters and a 700c singlespeed, she wants to join my wife and I on our road rides and she is all about having her own singlespped "Like the big kids ride" around our neighborhood. Like I said, I know I'm blessed! My long time riding buddy is sideways about his son, the boy has no interest in bikes. I mean none, zip, totally zero interest in riding with his pop. It goes without saying but my friend is really bummed since that was something he'd planned on sharing together. There is a bright spot, last weekend my daughter was able to talk his son into going with us. She told him that he could ride the Parkpre... then she challenged him to a race... not wanting to get beat by a younger girl, he accepted and we had a good time. I'm optimistic that he'll want to ride again if there is a challenge involved. In the car on the way home my daughter told me that she let him win so he'd be happy but next time she plans on "spankin' his butt!" I'll have my camera ready for that one!!!
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neopop, that's outstanding. I have two daughters, age 25 and 22. Both love bikes and the "idea" of riding but still haven't done much of it. I haven't managed to get them to love it for real. My 25 year old recently got herself a slightly use Cannondale Synapse, which is great. Will she ride it? She's in San Francisco, so I can't ride with her. My 22 year old visited last night and saw my track bike. She admired it, saying it was effed up. That's young people speak for outstanding, so she appreciated it.

Sorry for being so chatty in a pictures thread!
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No daughters here that I know of, but beautiful pics!

Verdant pastures on my commute..


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My daughter is with her her gramdma this weekend. I noticed she left her desk messy. Apparently she wasn't finished with what she was doing and didn't put her stuff away. I guess I forgive her. Enjoying it while it lasts.


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High Falls, NY, this past Monday. Waffle the greyhound gets cold easily and requests that we keep the walks short.





Here are a pickup-truck engine and a little tractor in the snow. My friend is working on them, as two separate projects. He suspended work for now.

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I'm not surprised. I'm built just like him and wear similar garb these days.
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they haven't started running yet.
Didn't stop you from fishin', did it?

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That's why they call it …em …. fishing.

Looks great, Chuckk.
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That's gorgeous, Chuckk. Who shot it?
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You don't shoot fish, Tom. You try to convince them to bite onto a thingy with a hook, then you drag them kicking and screaming into the boat. Most of the fish are too smart to fall for it. It's called thinning the herd of the weak and stupid. Only the smart fish survive, and believe me they are getting smarter.
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