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Old 06-14-11, 08:37 PM   #1
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+1.

I had my 10 year old grandson over today. We completely assembled a bike from my son's old Felt road frame and (mostly) spare parts. The only things I had to buy new were a couple of black headset stack spacers, handlebar tape, and a pair of low cost tires. I traded with a BF member for a black water bottle cage but it hasn't arrived yet.

I let my grandson do as much of the work as possible and he's a good student. He was quite curious about how the derailleurs work and asked some pretty astute questions. The whole job only took us around 3 hours which I think is pretty good for his first bike build. We took some side trips to the bike shop for tires, the hardware store for electrical tape and we also took Mrs. Grouch to lunch.

When his mom came to pick him up he told her that he had a good time. I hope that he had as much fun as I did.
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Old 06-14-11, 11:35 PM   #2
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If he's anything like the kids I know, he would have let you know loud and clear if he wasn't having fun! Bet he remembers this day for the rest of his life, just as you surely will.
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Old 06-14-11, 11:38 PM   #3
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+10!

Were you able to snap some good pictures?
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More good stuff from you, Retro.

Getting that carefree feeling back doesn't involve just riding a bike, perhaps?
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What a great way to spend time with the grandson!
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I wanna come to your house for lessons
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Sounds like a great bonding with the Grandson...

How is Mrs. Grouch doing these days? Hope she is healed up nicely...
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He will remember this his entire life, as will you. Very, very neat.
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Old 06-15-11, 07:22 AM   #9
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Way more than +1.
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Old 06-15-11, 07:23 AM   #10
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+10!

Were you able to snap some good pictures?
Retro is pretty good with things that have chains and sprockets but he hasn't mastered the process of resizing photos to post on the computer. I think that I need an older grandchild to show me how to do that or maybe just wait until this one ages a little bit more.
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Old 06-15-11, 07:33 AM   #11
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Great story!
You will remember this time for the rest of your life as well.
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