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Old 02-26-11, 10:05 AM   #1
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Oh dear! Now what do I do?

My 35 year old son, the one who rode his first century last fall in 5 hrs and 10 min, wants me to go for a ride with him tomorrow. I'm having radically mixed feelings about this.
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Plan on getting dropped!
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Let some air out of his tires. OK, let lots of air out of his tires...
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Tell him to bring his tandem.
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Time to mount the "bungee cord launcher" on your bike, when he feel's the TUG and starts to slow, give him hard time for being a wuss!
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Time to give his bike a last minute tune-up and tighten the wheel bearings and adjust his brakes, along with t4mv's soft tires.
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Time to mount the "bungee cord launcher" on your bike, when he feel's the TUG and starts to slow, give him hard time for being a wuss!
The clear winner so far - especially the part about giving him a hard time for being a wuss.
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I would go easy on him. I suggest you do more spinning in lower gears on the flats and pace him up the hills riding side by side so he does not blow up. It is all good.
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Be gentle with him. My kids feel bad when I drop them. They're learning to deal with it, but it's rough on them.
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I can't tell you how much I'm not worrying about him blowing up but I'll probably let him off the hook by quitting before he's ready. He is, however, likely to hear about what a wuss he is because he couldn't beat an old fat man by a greater margin than he did.
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Make him ride MTB. Say, a 2003 Iron Horse Hollowpoint, when they mis-engineered the dw-link.
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Enjoy his youth while he still has it.
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My son, who's in the army, can at 22 probably bench more than twice what I can manage but I can still kick his butt on the road. ( I ride maybe 5 times the yearly mileage he does so if he put his mind to it he would of course loose me easily.)
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Chill out and enjoy his company as I sure you were going to anyway.
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My 35 year old son, the one who rode his first century last fall in 5 hrs and 10 min, wants me to go for a ride with him tomorrow. I'm having radically mixed feelings about this.
When faced with a dilemna such as this, one must ask "What would Homer do?" Hmmm..

Does the Screamer have IPS? Let your son Captain the 'Screaming Yellow Zonker'. As his Stoker you'll stay right on his tail the whole time!! He'll arrive at 'rides end' a tad tuckered out but you'll be fresh as a daisy and still reigning king.

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Enjoy the time with your son while you still can. You two are different people at different stages of life. Your son wants to ride together - priceless!
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Easy, don't ride a century with him
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Be good to him and be gracious as he kicks your butt. Remember - One day, he will be picking the nursing home where he will put you!
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Take him on a climbing ride. I know lots of guys that do 5 hour centuries but put them in the hills..................
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Take him on a climbing ride. I know lots of guys that do 5 hour centuries but put them in the hills..................
Uh - did I mention that he also does mountain bikeing - uphill - with a 40 pound freeride bike? I'm thinking that might not be such a good plan, Beanz
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Stop for pie without telling him. When he realizes what happened, he'll see the error of his ways. First will be his terror when he doesn't know what happened, and fears the worst. Then he has to backtrack only to find that you just finished your pie and he missed it.
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Maybe he'll take it easy on his old man on a 'bent.
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Maybe he'll take it easy on his old man on a 'bent.
I suspect that's his plan. He knows that he rides a lot faster than I do. As long as he enjoys the ride - that's all that I really care about. Regardless, I'm still going to give him poo-poo about not beating me by a larger margin.
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Uh - did I mention that he also does mountain bikeing - uphill - with a 40 pound freeride bike? I'm thinking that might not be such a good plan, Beanz
Oh! Then you are crewed-say!
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On the farm we used to fill the tractor tires with water and add a little air. Do you get the idea?
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