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    VoodooChile zoste's Avatar
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    Wednesday Ride with my son (pix)

    Okay - before anyone starts, I readily acknowledge that:

    1) My son is riding my old x-mart Schwinn; and
    2) He's not wearing a helmet.

    That being said, I did manage to get out on a bike path with my 18 year old son. It was a short, 10 mile out and back, but he hadn't ridden a bicycle in nearly five years.

    As a little background, last fall I had a fire in my apartment:



    All of my stuff that was salvageable was cleaned and packed into storage, including the old x-mart Schwinn, which I had been practicing surgery on (replaced the bottom bracket, all the cables, new brakes, cleaned lubed and adjusted the derailleurs). When I decided to move from the Philadelphia suburbs to Tucson, I called the storage company and had them put all of my goods into a PODs shipping container. I had pretty much completely forgotten about the old beast, but when I opened up the shipping container there it was; and because it made the move with us, my son decided to ride with me:

    Here's Jac as we arrived at the Rillito River trail not far from our home:




    The Rillito only qualifies as a river because for a few months during the rainy season there is a trickle of water...if you look hard you can see it beyond the railing behind Jac:




    But for most of the year in this part of Tucson, the Rillito is a dry wash:




    After a rainy winter though, even the desert blooms:




    All in all, it was great to get out and enjoy an afternoon with my son. I only wish that his brothers and sister were along, but we left them back in Philly.

    Oh, yeah...I almost forgot...this one is for Mr. Beanz:




    and my son's reaction to the Beanz shot:

    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    SERENITY NOW!!! jyossarian's Avatar
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    Ah he don't need a helmet. Most of us managed to survive w/o one. Good pics and good times!
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    VoodooChile zoste's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
    Ah he don't need a helmet. Most of us managed to survive w/o one. Good pics and good times!
    Agreed...I just wanted to head off any criticism...

    BTW - At 6'4" 240, my son qualifies as a clyde, too
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    Beanz shot!.......Looks like a great kid and a happy smile/laugh too!

    I've seen that trail as my folks lived out there for nearly 7 years. They moved back to CA but now my daughter moved out to Chandler so I may get a chance to head out that way again!

    Gina got a kick out of the Beanz shot too!

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    Beanz, if you and Gina ever get to Tucson, let me know. You can humble me on Mount Lemmon

    BTW, I'm hoping that once my fiancee moves out here she'll (finally) get a new bike and join me on some road rides.

    Here's m'lady, taken about 18 months ago on the Schuylkill River Trail outside of Philadelphia:




    This was the same ride at a rest stop in Valley Forge:


    She just loves that pink beach cruiser.


    Both of us, literally on the SRT:




    BTW, man...my grandfather was born in West Covina...but I doubt you'd remember; it was in 1889
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    Hahaha! Back in 1889, there might have only been one guy born in West Covina, so I think I just might remember him!

    Nah man! I like to ride hard sometimes but most my riding is "WITH" other riders. It can be a little more fun riding with somebody rather than trying to bring tears to their eyes all the time!

    If ya take a look at my videos, you'lll see I'm not a very serious rider!

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    Last edited by rumrunn6; 04-01-10 at 10:06 AM.
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