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Old 08-11-08, 01:48 PM   #1
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A nice ride the other day

My 11yr old son and I have been biking together quite a bit since I got my Specialized Crosstrail a couple weeks ago. The longest distance has been about 10 miles. Well last week I asked him if he wanted to try a longer ride and he said sure. I told him him that Sunday morning we would get up at 0630 for a 0700 start and that we would ride from our house to the Lighthouse at Cape May point. Well he was just so excited all week. Sunday came and off we went; he on his Trek 820 and my wife on an old Huffy MTB. (I have plans on getting her a Globe or Crossroads as a surprise for her)

It was a beautiful morning, low temp and no humidity and a nice cool breeze. The ride was a mixture of road and bike path......and a bridge over the Cape May canal. That was a bit tough I'll admit. I made it up first followed shortly by my son and then my wife. Man am I proud of her! I let them go ahead on the downhill and then I coasted down. My cyclocomputer showed 23mph!!! that was exhilarating! We made it to the lighthouse, took a short water break and then went back home. The bridge seemed easier this time for all of us. Finally got back home and had a hearty breakfast. Total miles were 20.64 and the total time including the water break was 1:38. I felt like I could go a little longer but my son was starting to get tired and my wife too was pooped. She did think the ride seemed faster coming home though. About a half hour or so after we got home it started to hail, rain and thunder! I'm glad we had the early start!

We are going to try and make this a weekly ride and are looking for other routes and will also increase the distance a bit. We're also thinking of joining the Shore Cycle club but only if they allow my son to join too. I didn't see mentioned on their website that kids were allowed. I sent an email asking but have yet to hear anything. I hope we can because there is nice 35, 50, 100 ride coming up. We are thinking of doing the 35 or maybe the 50. I know my son is physched(sp) about it already.
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Very nice of you to share.

My wife has a Crossroads sport and loves it. Purchased for Mother's Day gift last year.

Do let her make the choice, both the Globe and the Crossroads are nice bikes, yet it may come down to color selection in the end, or maybe the shifters on which she is comfortable with.

The 700 35 or 38 tires provide a wider platform and yet smooth ride, that is the reason my wife enjoys her ride time, much more confident, than on her previous schwinn with 27 1-1/4" tires.
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Old 08-11-08, 02:24 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great family outing! Keep posting the rides. I bet you will inspire other families as well.
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Thanks! It was a great family day and we are looking forward to many more.

I gave my wife the specialized book to browse. I'll drag her into the lbs so she can test ride and decide which is best for her.
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My 11yr old son and I have been biking together quite a bit since I got my Specialized Crosstrail a couple weeks ago. The longest distance has been about 10 miles. Well last week I asked him if he wanted to try a longer ride and he said sure. I told him him that Sunday morning we would get up at 0630 for a 0700 start and that we would ride from our house to the Lighthouse at Cape May point. Well he was just so excited all week. Sunday came and off we went; he on his Trek 820 and my wife on an old Huffy MTB. (I have plans on getting her a Globe or Crossroads as a surprise for her)

It was a beautiful morning, low temp and no humidity and a nice cool breeze. The ride was a mixture of road and bike path......and a bridge over the Cape May canal. That was a bit tough I'll admit. I made it up first followed shortly by my son and then my wife. Man am I proud of her! I let them go ahead on the downhill and then I coasted down. My cyclocomputer showed 23mph!!! that was exhilarating! We made it to the lighthouse, took a short water break and then went back home. The bridge seemed easier this time for all of us. Finally got back home and had a hearty breakfast. Total miles were 20.64 and the total time including the water break was 1:38. I felt like I could go a little longer but my son was starting to get tired and my wife too was pooped. She did think the ride seemed faster coming home though. About a half hour or so after we got home it started to hail, rain and thunder! I'm glad we had the early start!

We are going to try and make this a weekly ride and are looking for other routes and will also increase the distance a bit. We're also thinking of joining the Shore Cycle club but only if they allow my son to join too. I didn't see mentioned on their website that kids were allowed. I sent an email asking but have yet to hear anything. I hope we can because there is nice 35, 50, 100 ride coming up. We are thinking of doing the 35 or maybe the 50. I know my son is physched(sp) about it already.
A very nice story. Pictures next time, please - Cape May is lovely.
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Halfway into the ride I realized I'd forgotten the camera. Will definitely have it next time!
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