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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    My daughter refuses to walk!

    My 15 year old daughter, for whom I bought two used beach cruisers so we could ride together when she's at my place, now simply REFUSES to walk for any errand in the neighborhood, be it picking up some dinner, getting a video, etc. Even if it's just a block, we have to ride the bikes. And of course, take a long route. Nowadays she looks for an excuse for us to run an errand, even after we've had a few miles of pure recreational riding.

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    Well done, pops! You should be proud.
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    Digital Gee,
    Thats great. I got to ride with my wife (she has complained of knee problems and has
    been off the bike for months but did OK today on a flat ride.) and daughter for 3 3/4 miles
    around an airport.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    My 15 year old daughter, for whom I bought two used beach cruisers so we could ride together when she's at my place, now simply REFUSES to walk for any errand in the neighborhood, be it picking up some dinner, getting a video, etc. Even if it's just a block, we have to ride the bikes. And of course, take a long route. Nowadays she looks for an excuse for us to run an errand, even after we've had a few miles of pure recreational riding.

    I'm a lucky guy and a happy dad!
    Get her out on an expedition. Get a 20miler out and back sorted- then a bit longer and perhaps she can join you your next Metric.== at this rate the beginning of July.
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    Digital Gee
    I have an 18 year old son who will be going off to college this year. He doesn't drive, and has no interest in driving. His choice of school was based partially on finding a school in a city where he could live car-free. That said, if you asked him if he was a cyclist, he would answer 'NO', that he just uses a bike to get around, along with public transport.

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    Nice post DG. Like you my percentage of riding with my children comes to about 1%, but it is really a great 1%

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    Fathering skills at their best! Looks like you planted a seed that's going to grow.
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    Congrats...but protect her inheritance

    My daughter, now 30, started with a BMX, then 7 spd coaster when young...when 21, she talked me into getting her a teched-out Trek 7600zx, at 28, a Trek 7500 fx, now a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR (She bought her own 1985 Vespa)

    Working for our Ministry of Natural Resources, she moved to a small town, bikes everywhere...and is filling in at a Provincial Park in northern Ontario for the summer...first thing she took up was a bike...rides even in black fly season

    What a kid but dads in the poor house

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    Good for you . . . but give her a year. When my daughter was that age, I couldn't get her off the mountain bike (we live in the Sierra, with a lot of good MB riding close by). Then she turned 16, got a drivers license and I don't think she's put 50 miles on the bike in five years.
    Interesting thing is that several of her high school friends are in college on athletic scholarships (girls' and boys' soccer, football and baseball), and they're home for the summer, and ever damn one of them is amazed that I ride a bicycle 10 miles to work. They can't even imagine it.

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    I think she loves spending time with her Dad even more than riding her bike. Treasure this time.

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    Good for her and good for you.

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm01
    Congrats...but protect her inheritance

    My daughter, now 30, started with a BMX, then 7 spd coaster when young...when 21, she talked me into getting her a teched-out Trek 7600zx, at 28, a Trek 7500 fx, now a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR (She bought her own 1985 Vespa)

    Working for our Ministry of Natural Resources, she moved to a small town, bikes everywhere...and is filling in at a Provincial Park in northern Ontario for the summer...first thing she took up was a bike...rides even in black fly season

    What a kid but dads in the poor house
    Thanks. You just scared the willickers out of me!
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    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sauerwald
    His choice of school was based partially on finding a school in a city where he could live car-free.
    I have to recommend University of California, Santa Barbara as an outrageously great place. UC Davis is of course a bicycling Mecca.

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