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    Father Daughter 1/2 Century ride report

    A month or so back while tormenting my 15yr old daughter I told her I signed us up for the bike the coast 50 mile ride. To my surprise instead of a flat out hell no she began to ask for details. I showed her the route and she continued to ask questions followed by the beginning of negotiations (she is 15, everything is a negotiation) Since I dont think she has ridden more than 100 miles this year and had not ridden at all since July, I was somewhat cautious and did not want to sign up for the ride to early. Fast forward to last week when shock and awe ensued. She reminded me about our agreement! Whoops! I had missed the signup window. I decided we could do a route similar to bike the coast and set up such that we can self SAG.

    Saturday morning came and she woke up and got ready without issue (a rarity for a 15yr old girl) As we got ready to go our first mechanical issue reared its head, one of the cleat screws on her shoes was missing. I fought for half an hour to get one of the screws out of my old shoes but finally won the battle. We left the house at about 7:45 to head to the river trail where we were starting. As luck would have it there was one parking spot still available. We parked and got everything down and ready. Just before taking off Meckena asked me to lower the seat on her bike (she and mom share a road bike). I loosened the bolt and lowered the seat but when I went to tighten it the seat clamp snapped, mechanical two!

    It was about 8:05 Saturday morning so no shops were open so we packed back up and tried to figure out what to do. I decided that I could pull the seat clamp from Sebastian's bike so we headed home. Pulled and installed the replacement clamp and headed back over to the river trail. At this point is was about 8:30 so there were no parking spots near the trail head. The soccer games had started so we ended up having to park in never never land (ok, a half mile down the road ) We pulled everything down and got ready to go.

    We finally started off at 8:36 (our intended start time was 7:00am). The "my legs and my butt hurt" started at about mile 2! This was going to be fun . She started to get into a groove and was holding a pretty good clip thereafter. About mile 15 we where on the first section where there was no longer a bike lane (coast highway through Leucadia for locals). This was our first run in with a rude driver, I was taking the lane with her in front of me and an impatient ass decided to lay on his horn and shake his finger at me. While I am generally a gentle person, I tend to get overprotective in regards to my spawn. I was excessively close to tearing the driver from his vehicle but when I was sufficiently certain he had shat himself I backed off. We got to 20 miles and made our first stop, 7-11

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    Gatorade and some cliff bar and we where off again. I got a little grief here and there but overall I was impressed with how she was performing.

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    Shortly over 2 hrs of ride time and we reached our Half way point in Del Mar at mile 26.5



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    We sat for about 15 minutes and were off again. She struggled for the next 8 miles or so but I was able to talk her through it Mr Beanz style! The key I believe was making her believe she was in charge. I reassured her that if she needed to stop we could stop and with that she said no and continued on. 37 miles in the smiles where fading to dirty looks though so I forced a stop. Gave her some cliff bar and force fed her some peanut butter GU (wow that is some nasty stuff!!)
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    We headed off again and she seemed to have a second wind. We passed a few of the bike the coast 50 mile riders and one told my daughter that seeing us inspired her to keep going (for Meckena this was good, for me I dwelled on the underlying meaning ) Final mechanical #3 occurred at mile 40 when she got a pinch flat hitting a pothole. Change out the tube and we where off again. At mile 42 a look of success came over her as 41 was her previous longest ride! We reached the River Trail shortly thereafter and were back in familiar territory for her.

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    She was clearly tired so I "assisted" with much of the remainder of the ride. 7 miles down the road and we had made it!
    53 Miles and a little over 4 and a half hours of ride time and we had made it. It was an all and all great experience and a wonderful father daughter outing.
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    She must have expent a ton of energy as after a shower this was her
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    None of your attachments are working for some reason, can you fix 'em?

    Is this the same daughter that sat in the truck and pretended like she didn't know what a bike was? Sneaky!

    Well done, sounds like a great ride for both of you.

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    Great ride, both of you! I am working on getting my 12 year old to ride with me.

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    awesome report! Thank you for sharing.

    Cannot wait to see the pics.
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    Great news AH. I did the "official". Had I known you were there. I would have kept an eye out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    None of your attachments are working for some reason, can you fix 'em?

    Is this the same daughter that sat in the truck and pretended like she didn't know what a bike was? Sneaky!

    Well done, sounds like a great ride for both of you.
    Yup, Same one. She used to ride with me more than Sebastian as we had a standing Thursday ride after school from 2nd thru 6th grade. Once she hit 7th grade her friends advised her of how uncool it was and the Thursday father daughter dates ended .

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    Yeah, my daughter is in 7th grade and I know exactly what you mean.

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    You have great kids.

    Sebastian was quite a trooper in the first GMR ride (or was that the second).

    And your wife is awesome for providing sag support.

    Congatulations to you and your family.

    (Just one "comment." Please make sure that she has a better helmet fit, looks like her forehead is not as well protected as it should be.)
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    You have great kids.

    Sebastian was quite a trooper in the first GMR ride (or was that the second).

    And your wife is awesome for providing sag support.

    Congatulations to you and your family.

    (Just one "comment." Please make sure that she has a better helmet fit, looks like her forehead is not as well protected as it should be.)
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    Tonight, this is one of the best threads I've ever read on a forum. I have a 3.5 year old daughter, and all I can hope for is to have a relationship with her that we can do something like this. She already loves bikes, so we're on the right path. Thanks for sharing

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    You're a very lucky dad. It's sounds you had a great ride. I love to see kids riding with their parents. This morning when I stopped for tea at Starbucks a mom and dad with a kid's trailer stopped also.....the mom said the kids love riding in the trailer and the both have bikes appropriate for their ages of 2 and 4. I hope you get more rides with your daughter and get to make more dad and daughter memories. Thank you for sharing.

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    Great thread ahultin! Bravo for you being a dad! looks like she had a great time.


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    Nice Ride Meckena !

    Anybody that has met her knows she's a doll! So is Sebastian. Keep up the good work Aaron! You're very lucky to have a supporting and willing to ride family, make the best of it! I Have a strange feeling GMR and a century are somewhere in her plans! (if so, of course not without first developing descending skills, safety first)

    Mr. Beanz style, you got it baby!

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    Nice, looks like fun. My 7 year old son is already asking if he can go with me on my "longer" rides.
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    Congrats on getting your daughter out. Those are memories for life, for both of you! Love the crooked helmet pic.

    Quote Originally Posted by psalm View Post
    Nice, looks like fun. My 7 year old son is already asking if he can go with me on my "longer" rides.
    Your son is probably pretty close. I had my son out around that age. He did his first century and RAGBRAI (480 miles) when he was 9yrs old.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    Very cool! Great pics!
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    Very cool! My 18 yo son and I did Ragbrai this year. Previously, he had only ridden a single speed mountain bike with a 24 on the front. I had graduated from a carbon fiber trek 5500, so I put him on that in the middle chain ring. The bike has a cadence computer on it. I was on a catrike expedition. That kid took off on our practice route and I worked like a madman to keep up, but didn't. After the ride, I checked his average cadence...it was 98 rpm! I got his an expedition to ride ragbrai and we pretty much stayed together and had a blast! Good bonding time! Now when we ride, when I catch up to him at a break point, he says "way to keep up dad!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    You have great kids.

    Sebastian was quite a trooper in the first GMR ride (or was that the second).

    And your wife is awesome for providing sag support.

    Congatulations to you and your family.

    (Just one "comment." Please make sure that she has a better helmet fit, looks like her forehead is not as well protected as it should be.)
    Thank you!
    Yes, not to far into the ride the internal frame of the helmet seemed to detach so all that was holding it in the right spot was the straps. Going to go next payday for a new helmet for both mom and daughter!

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    Great ride report. My daughter is almost 21 and I don't know if I could get her to do a 1/2 Century with me. I will have to keep trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalm View Post
    Nice, looks like fun. My 7 year old son is already asking if he can go with me on my "longer" rides.
    Sebastian started road riding with me at about 8yrs old on one of these http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/ace_24 . I had picked it up at performance on one of their 15 or twenty percent off plus double points weekends for @250. Money well spent as it made for a much better ride. I picked up the majority of a tiagra group for cheap as a take off and upgraded it. Sold it last yr for more than I had into it (as it was less than a comparably equipped Felt f24 or redline conquest 24)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwies View Post
    Great ride report. My daughter is almost 21 and I don't know if I could get her to do a 1/2 Century with me. I will have to keep trying.
    Bribery works for me

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    You inspired me. I took my 7yo daughter for a ride to my work and back. About 18km. Lots of fun!

    Sadly my phone died half way home. But she is QOM for a few segments!

    http://app.strava.com/activities/27467688

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdonges View Post
    You inspired me. I took my 7yo daughter for a ride to my work and back. About 18km. Lots of fun!

    Sadly my phone died half way home. But she is QOM for a few segments!

    http://app.strava.com/activities/27467688
    Awesome, it is amazing how fast they grow up and are no longer your "little girl" so I take advantage of any time I can get

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