Had planned a ride with my son-in-law and a young lad from our road. Set the OCR up for the lad and the TCR for S I L. He did not show. But 10am and me and the lad were ready to roll. I know he is fit but this is the first time for him on a road bike. 20 odd miles planned and a breakfast. This is the lad that a couple of years ago I took on a 10 mile ride and he emptied my wallet at the cafe.
So back roads and Mups for the lad after a call at the bank to draw out money. Flattish ride with a couple of slopes to see if he could take it. He can. The two pics of him on his own are up a 10% and he climbed it in 30/13. Should have left him in the 42 as he would have been OK in that.
I wasn't sure of his road craft so I kept him in front of me most of the way and he was safe enough. Took to the mups as a safety precaution on the busier sections though. After all- he was riding my bike so didn't want it getting involved in an accident. Then for breakfast at my usual cafe. Met the 3 MTBers- I ride with if I am offroad so Left him with them while I ordered scrambled Egg on toast with bacon. Then it was time to head back- Bit of town work and then it was straight up the Cuckoo trail for home. It got a bit congested- but if he goes out with his mates for a ride- He now knows a "Safe" route to get down to the sea. On the way back I made certain he could change gear for the slopes- understood and could get a tow from other riders and made certain he was drinking enough. He's OK and another couple of rides and he will be safe enough to do his own rides- if he wants to.
This lad is 13- never ridden a road bike and like most youngsters- sits playing computer games if he is not out on his bike- playing football or generrally running around with his mates. Only problem is that I reckon I have now lost the OCR as a spare bike. I will have to set it up to suit him better and I doubt that I will be seeing much of the bike anymore. As next ride out- I am not going at his pace. He will have to follow me.