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Old 03-31-10, 08:57 PM   #1
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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:

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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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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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37mF2zI7snw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d36P5X34f8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INJEyVjg7nI


he gets a one-time pass. next ride, he wears a helmet :-)

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